Mr. Moore is absolutely correct. If your contract has expired with the agent, then there is nothing else needed to do. If you are still under contract, I would recommend you call them ASAP and ask to cancel the contract. If someone were ever unhappy with my service and commitment, I would let them out immediately after apologizing.
Keller Williams Realty
Great responses from the other agents. They are all correct...especially Heidi (one of my favorites!). :-)
If I may, I'd like to take the conversation a step further and ask why you think your agent wasn't able to get any showings for your property? Do you feel that the marketing was inadequate? Did she make herself available for open houses? Is the list price in line with Fair Market Value? Is the home properly staged? These are all questions that your next agent will want to know so it might be worthwhile to start thinking about how you will respond before you begin the interview process.
I'm sorry that you lost a year trying to sell your home. My attitude is this: when priced, presented, and promoted correctly, any home should sell within 2-3 weeks, without exception. If 3 weeks goes by and the home hasn't sold, I know that something needs to change.
Best of luck!
If you want out because you have decided not to sell, the property can go into a withdrawn status and usually the agent will do so with a written statement or even a phone call to them.
Read your contract, there should be something written with a beginning and an ending date.
Personally, I agree with Mr. Cardoza from Middleton RI...if a client is unhappy, as a BIC or Owner or Real Estate Sales Person, you are most generally better off agreeing to let the client out of the contract. That said, in order to get the contract released, you are going to have to speak to the person who has the authority to release it.
My suggestion, go to the agents office and ask to speak with the Agent or their BIC. Keep in mind the market we are in right now. You may be firing an Agent or Company who have constantly advertised your property and promoted it. Have they advised to consider reducing the price? Have they suggested cosmetic changes? Or have they just done nothing... Confront the issue, find out the problem, and then make a decision on how you want to handle it. If your property is on an MLS system, then YOUR agent is not the only one who has had access to show it.... - A few minutes ago
Also, if you have not already, reevaluate the local current market, then possible readjust your advertising. A good way to do this is have your broker have broker open house. At the open house, have the real estate agents give feed back. It could be something simple that is possibly being over looked. In addition this will be great exposure for your home to the agents that may have perspective customers to buy your home. Good luck!
However review the terms of listing agreement on what is required OR contact listing agent OR their broker
Lynn911 Dallas Realtor & Consultant, Loan Officer, Credit Repair Advisor
The Michael Group - Dallas Business Journal Top Ranked Realtors
First thing you need to do is look at your Listing Agreement to make sure it hasn't expired. There should be an expiration date on the Listing Agreement contract you signed.
If it's expired, you don't need to do anything.
If it's not expired, you need to contact your Listing Agent and tell them you want to cancel the listing and you want them to give you a Cancellation Of Listing Agreement to sign. If they won't do that, contact their Broker (if they are not the Broker) and let their Broker know so they can get the Cancellation to you.
If you want to withdraw your listing ask your agent to withdraw the listing. Though a withdrawal still keeps the contract in full force.
A cancellation becomes a bit more complicated, but it is something I would talk to the agent about and see if you can come to terms.
A listing agreement on a property does not automatically renew. As one of the agents stated the contract has a start listing date and a stop listing date on the contract that you signed. I would check your copy on the contract and if there is a problem contact the agent that you listed the property with. If that agent does not return your call then call the agent's office and ask to speak to the broker in charge. A listing agreement only lasts as long as the dates on the contract.
Atlantic & Pacific Real Estate
East Bridgewater, Ma