You can also contact the listing agents broker and have them assign you to another agent in the office if you can't work out your problems with your current listing agent.
2. Tell your agent to put in writing his demand for $2,000 before he will notify the broker of termination. If he does so, then file a written ethics violation with the local real estate board or association with whom the agent is associated. Your ignorant agent is dead wrong in his demand but I'm willing to get an ethics hearing will help educate him.
3. You MUST put your notice of termination in writing to the broker as your broker is the party who is responsible for the listing agreement. I would fax it to the broker's office and make sure you get a confirmation the fax went through. Then call the broker and note the conversation just in case the broker is just as incompetent as the agent.