First and foremost I agree with Keith. The only way someone can give you an honest intelligent answer to such a question is to have examined the paperwork for the agreement.
However I can tell you that the NC Real Estate Commission boiler plate form that most of us use does not have a "trial period" of any type in there. Now with that being said there are a number of remedies for whatever issues you are having. My first advice is (as other agents have already stated) to discuss your issues with either the listing agent or their "Broker in Charge" (this is the broker that is in charge of that agent and they literally hang their license under theirs). If you cannot get some resolution then request to terminate the listing agreement. There is a standard termination form that you can sign and they can sign so they can withdraw the listing.
Now if you are planning on selling it yourself to someone that has looked at the home while it was listed you could be liable for the commission still. So there are always things that need to be verified before you do anything hasty.
If you are planning on relisting the home with a different agent hopefully you called them first and not the other way around because if they solicited your listing while you were actively listed by another Realtor then they are guilty and could be punished by the NC Real Estate Commission.
Just be careful and get plenty of advice and be sure of what you are doing is the right thing.
Hope this helps,
Best of Luck.
I do not believe there is a law about it being less than 30 days. Because each Exclusive Right to Sell Listing Agreement is unique in the terms that you and your Realtor set, it will depend on a few factors.
In NC, most of our real estate contracts can be terminated through mutual consent. If it has been less than a month and you no longer wish to have your home listed with that company you may want to be aware of what the listing firm put in Paragraph 8, section (c). The amount of time stated could be something like 30-45-60+ days - so if you take your home off the market with that agent and sell it on your own, they may be entitled to compensation IF and only IF you do not sign with another firm. (So if you're planning on trying FSBO be very aware of this!) If you're looking for another agent, I recommend asking your friends who they used and were happy with or try to interview 2-3 agent. I also do not recommend simply asking for a CMA or market analysis up-front. (You don't want every agent you speak with to know all your nitty-gritty details... because if you don't sign with them it could hurt your positioning should they bring you a buyer.)
What we do at Dickens-Mitchener is to set up a mutual interview - a 1-on-1 with the seller to determine if it is a right fit for both parties. Your time is valuable and so is ours and we want to make sure that the seller is as confident in hiring us as we are confident that the seller will work with us. You want an agent who will be straight-forward with you about pricing and who will be a knowledgeable and valuable resource throughout the process.
After reviewing the NC License Laws, the only thing I can find is that listing agreements must have a termination date. If you wish to terminate early, you would need to contact your agent about changing that date and have all parties sign. Please visit the link I have provided (NC Real Estate Commission Rules) and reveiw Chapter 93A Rule A.104 (b) for reference.
Hope this helps! Please call me if you have any further questions.
Katie Pope Githrie
Dickens-Mitchener & Associates
The long answer is that anything can be negotiated, you'll just need to make your case as to why you should be released from your agreement.
Most Realtors and their brokers are not out to make someone who has changed their mind about selling be forced to sell. However, if there is a good reason why you want to break your contract, then make your case to the Realtor, and if they do not seem receptive, then their broker.
I recommend you call the listign agent and explain why you wish to terminate the agreement. if the lsitign agent is not cooperative in regards to helping you then contact there Broker and go that route. Normally, a broker will allow you to terminate the agreement if they feel you are justifed in yoru reasoning as to why.