If I were you agent your home would be sold. But I am not and that is not what this discussion is about.
You would not want me as you agent because I speak the truth? That is pretty funny. These discussions always have two sides. My point here is that all these people making these "oh it is so easy" statements are full of baloney. Letâ€™s talk reality.
It is not easy to just get a release from your contract. And NO, all contracts can just be cancelled.
There are consequences and they are built into everything we do. So for some people to just want to blow smoke up your skirt to appease you.. it is not realistic. The Broker will give a decision on what happens here, not saying it will not happen, but you should be aware that is NOT that easy.
"And even the nj real estate commission said she should be sued and her broker looked into"
So you are saying that someone at the Real Estate commission gave you advice to seek legal consul because the agent does not know when the showings are? Or does not know how to operate her Supra Lock box.. Really? That is amazing, then if you have them on your side.. by all means get an attorney!
In reality, you need to speak to the agent broker and see what can be done, because technically you are under obligation to the contract and cannot list your home with another until you have that discussion and come to an agreement with the agents Broker.
You need direction, From the posts it all seems that this is so erratic I am pretty sure there are other factors involved here too. Speak to her Broker.
I do wish you luck. Let us know how it turns out!
Just playing devilâ€™s advocate here... So why bother signing contracts if they are going to be willy nilly released? Who is to say this Realtor is NOT doing their job and the seller is a little bonkers?
No, NOT "anytime you are dissatisfied with your Realtor you can get a release" it does not work like that. The agent does not own that listing and does not have that power, your Broker does. The listing is a contractual obligation. If there is an issue, the Broker can have another agent assigned to the listing.
I am not one for just telling people what they want to hear to look good, The reality is that you are in a contract and it will just not go away because you asked.
As I read through your post, I think you may have the grounds - you say that the agent relisted in January for another 60 days. A property can NOT be listed and that includes extending the expiry date without the approval/signature of the seller. I think you "got 'em" there. I would question that action and demand to be released. If you did not approve of this change, this may be the easiest and surest way to exit this relationship.
Once done, you will have learned much from this experience. Take what you have learned and apply it to the interview process as you choose - with great care - your next listing agent. There are great agents out there - don't lose your faith in us!
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I would go to this brokers office personally and not leave until I have a voided contract and gave the principal broker and this ridiculous broker a piece of my mind as her behavior is outrageous. She has a Fiduciary responsibility to you and the needs of the client (you) superseeds her own. I would also report her to the local realtor board or whatever branch of your local government deals with brokers. Here in NYC it's the NY State Dept of State that oversees brokers This Woman put all licensed professionals in a bad light. I wish you all the best.
Having said that, the complaints regarding open houses and the few number of showings are not a reflection on the agent. Open houses are a form of prospecting. The purpose is to identify prospective buyers, not to sell the house being held open. I haven't held an open house in twenty years and I don't have any trouble whatsoever getting properties sold.
The lack of showings tells me that the property was priced too high. Any property that is priced at or near its CURRENT fair market value (what the house USED to be worth does not count) will have little trouble getting showings and, in short order, a sold sign in the yard.
The flip side of that is that there are no tools or tricks (other than blind luck) to sell an overpriced property. Even if an agent were to show an overpriced property, and even if a buyer wrote an offer, the appraiser would kill the sale. That is what they are paid to do.
Your Realtors job is to be honest with you and educate you on the value of your home.
If a house is not selling, it must be overpriced. If she is asking you to short sale, it must be because she knows the house has no equity.
If she took listing knowing house had no equity , In hopes you will short sale then this Realtor is unethical.
It must be why she took listing for a year. Very wrong.
Realtor should be straight forward with you from the beginning.
Sorry you are going through this. Not all agents are this way.
When choosing your next agent, make sure they are producers- make sure they show you a print out of number of homes they sold.
Side note - If you have only had 6 showings, then the house is most likley priced to high. Even agents that don't do any advertsing & price a house correctly have had more activity that this.
Aside from everything that the agent has done or has not done, do you know why only 6 people came to see the home? Are you priced correctly? It doesn't matter how many open houses or websites your home is on - if the pricing is not right - buyers will not come to see the home.
I definitely recommend that you contact the broker directly regarding the other issues.
ignored then you have the right to ask the broker for a withdrawal.
Aside from that, the broker owns the listing, not the agent. Go to the Broker and explain your issues. He can assign another agent to the listing -or- he can release you form the listing. (probably will not happen)
After that time sign a release of contract and interview another Realtor.
I offer clients an Easy Exit Guarantee which gives them an opportunity to be released from their contract. No one has ever needed to exercise that option, but most sellers like the idea of not be tied down.