Communication is the key.....
By law, all listing agreements must have an expiration date. If you would like to terminate the agreement prior to the expiration date, there will be a clause in the agreement which states the terms in which you can terminate the listing agreement.
Hope this helps!
The Banner Team
Long & Foster Realtors
I hope that helps. If you have more questions, email me at email@example.com. I am an Associate Broker with RE/MAX Town Center (licensed in MD, DC, and VA)
If your listing agreement is a GCAAR form you can terminate before the expiration date with a mutual written agreement by both parties. I'm sure that the agent would appreciate a personal phone call to advise of your decision. Good luck to you.
It sounds like you have already been given some good advise and hopefully your concerns have already been addressed. One point that is often overlooked is that you listing agreement is between you and the Broker, not the agent. Usually the manager is the supervising Broker for an office and would be the appropriate person to talk to.
I would think that if the Broker assigns one of their top listing agents to your listing you should receive the level of service and expertise that you expect. You should also be familiar with the listing agreement's expiration date as that would be a more appropriate time to interview other agents.
Best of Luck!
If you still have a long time left, I would follow the advice given before me and contact the broker .. he/she can assign a different agent or perhaps have someone more experienced partner with your agent.
Nobody wants to have an unhappy client ... many times a good conversation can resolve issues and turn things around.
If your expiration date is near then you are certainly free to research other agents/companies and re-list with someone else.
My suggestion to you is to take a look at your listing agreement (Section 4) of the Maryland Exclusive Right to Sell Agreement and see if there is a clause that allows you the option to terminate the agreement upon written notification. If this is there, simply write a letter or send an email to the Broker terminating their services. If that clause is not there you can still contact the Broker directly and express your concerns and intentions to cancel the agreement. My experience as a former Owner/Manager of a major real estate franchise always encouraged the Agent to give the Seller the option to terminate - yes they will lose the business however, it's better to part ways amicably then to have a disgruntled client.
I recommend talking to the Broker/ Manager and working something out. Many agents will let sellers out of the agreement if they are not happy, but not all agents will comply.
If you have a binding contract for the listing of your home you will need to honor that unless the agent or Broker provide you with a release. It is so important to choose the right agent to market your home and present it at its best. Call the Broker or Office Manager and share your concerns. They may be able to provide you with another agent from the same office.