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frenchdar, Home Seller in Austin, TX

listing agreement has no start or end date. Agent not available on Sunday either. Is my contract valid and legal?

Asked by frenchdar, Austin, TX Sun Jun 29, 2014

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Amy Whitston’s answer
I am not sure that a list agreement without an end date is valid. I would call this agent directly and inquire. Sometimes things such as this were due to misunderstandings, and if this is the case, your agent may work to fix this. If you do not get a satisfactory answer, I would call his/her broker.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 2, 2014
It sounds like you are not satisfied with your listing agent and are looking for a way out of the listing agreement. I would recommend just telling your agent or your agent's broker that you are not happy, list the reasons why, and then ask to be released from the agreement. I can call the TAR legal hotline and ask if the fact that the agent did not put a start or end date on the signed agreement makes the agreement void and null. Has the agent produced a full-priced offer? That would make terminating the agreement more difficult. Best wishes that you resolve this and sell your home as quickly and as painlessly as possible. ~The Hill Team
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jun 29, 2014
Without a start and end date the listing agent, insofar as I understand it, cannot begin to list your home as it would not be considered a valid agreement. That said, the advice given previously is sound advice (to contact your listing broker and tell them your feelings).

If you're not happy now you'll likely not be happy later. If it is a simple misunderstanding a call to the listing broker should resolve it for you. If it is beyond that I don't see why the listing broker would not agree to void the agreement without the necessity of attorneys for either party.

I'm curious as to how this resolved. Wish you the best of luck in selling your home.

Ariel E. Axelrod
(512) 571-9054
http://www.homefinderaustin.com
Flag Sat Jul 5, 2014
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