I see you have received plenty of responses, and I hope you have found the best route since your question was posted. Here is my "broken record" response...as mentioned by other agents, you could allow the listing to expire as long as your contract with the agent/broker is expiring too....(yes, some agents actually have two different dates sometimes on their paperwork...shame shame). Don't get discouraged. "Firing" an agent is easier than the paperwork states. Make sure everything is in writing and that the broker knows you are severing all business (including any commission they might try to get). If you need further assistance in selling your home or even need more questions answered, let me know how I can help.
Perhaps taking your home off the market is the best course of action if you are able to do so. Try speaking with the Managing Broker of the office this person works in, you might have a better result because most Realtors work under a Broker who they answer to. The broker in the office should be able to get a good answer for you and quickly. I'm sorry you have had this experience, but there are good and not so good in every field.
Don't let this bad experience give you an overall look on real-estate agents. Some of us are honorable and honor our word!
PS. I look forward to hearing from you soon!
As agents/ brokers we are not allowed by law to interfere with your listing agreement and/ or solicit your business while under contract with another broker. Good luck!
If your broker is unable to resolve the issues, then you should consider parting ways with this broker / agent. If you decide to cancel your listing with this broker, then I would love to meet with you to discuss listing your home with our company.
Sean Heideman, Broker
Your contract (listing agreement) is actually with the broker, not the agent. If you are unhappy with how things are going, and the two of you are not "seeing eye to eye" then the broker is definitely the one to talk to as others have mentioned.
Sometimes we get into business agreements that don't workout and a listing agreement is no exception.
If you cannot workout the issues and get on the same page, then it may be better for both of you to part ways.
If she has been acting inappropriately, her broker may likely talk with her about her conduct to prevent such a situation happening to someone else because ultimately, the broker is responsible for their agents.
Hopefully her broker is reasonable and will allow you to either cancel the listing or maybe suggest another agent in his/her brokerage for you to work with that may be a better fit for you.
I wish you luck with your situation and I hope it works out for you.
Remax Preferred Choice
The answer is, "THEY CAN NOT!"
I know that. The other agents responding know that. and you know that.
So, we all know there is MORE to the story...and the 'more' is irrelevant. (I'm serious)
The answer to your question resides in the contract you signed.
A successful outcome will depend on your willingness to be specific in your reasonable or contractual expectations.............
AND allowing the agent or brokerage to implement corrective measures. (essential to a good outcome) Give the broker 30 days to demonstrate a change and you will be surprised how energized folks will become for your benefit.
How you exit this situation is still in your hands. Your choices are 'burnt earth,' sulk, or re-start.
Which do you think will benefit you the most? Approaching the broker with a burnt earth proposition is unlikely to produce the results beneficial to you. State what you want, give the broker the opportunity to deliver, THEN you can seek the cancellation.
If you do not feel you are getting the support from your agent that you need to sell your home contact the Agent directly and let her know if she does not release you from the Listing Agreement you will be contacting her Broker and requesting another agent or asking the Broker to release you from the Agreement. At the end of the Broker holds the listing not the Agent so he or she should be able to help you resolve this issue. If you need someone else to evaluate you home to see what can be done please feel free to give me a call:
Montebello Fine Properties
As Realtors, we don't want or need the negative exposure. Best of luck!
Please let us know how it goes, and wishing you the best going into the new year.
United Brokers Group
The Selby Team dba Crazy4AZHomes.com
I agree with the advice below. If you are unhappy I suggest you speak with the agent and or agent's broker about mutually cancelling the listing. You should be happy and feel represented by your agent. I wish you luck with this and have a Happy New Year.
Realty One Group
Awarded one of the Top 40 Agentâ€™s Under 40 in 2013
There is really no reason any agent should hold a client hostage like you mentioned, unless they have nothing else going on in their business but your home.
Contracts are there for a reason to protect both parties, but I don't feel it is worth harming my reputation holding someone to a contract that does not want to do business with me.
Have you tried having a "heart to heart" talk with this agent? Ask them if it is really worth ruining their professional reputation over one listing.
With that being said, I would love to share my marketing plan with you. I have a variety of tools to get your properly marketed to the widest audience available. If you would like I can also put you in contact with past clients as well.
Hope this helps, and let me know if I can be of assistance.
Speak to the agent's Broker. Your agent is acting on behalf of the brokerage, but the listing is technically with the brokerage. If you explain your concerns to the Broker he/she will try to rectify the issue/s and cancel the listing, if that is the best solution for you.
If I can be of further assistance, contact me!
Sonoran Premier Properties
When you were signing the listing agreement, did you receive a marketing plan from your agent? There are usually three reasons why a property will not get showings and offers: 1- marketing, 2 - price and 3 - condition. It may be worth re-visiting all three with your agent; even though you may have already discussed them in the past.
The advice below to speak with the Broker of the company is very good advice. Most Brokers will end up releasing you if it doesn't seem possible for you to work it out. Some Brokers will also offer to transfer the listing to another agent in the same company.
Good luck in working something out, have you thought about buying your agent out? Offer to pay her something for the work performed?
If they say not you can take it to the real-estate commissioner and they will get you out of it.
I think the Broker will release you if that's what you want..
Call me if you need more help. 602-486-1486