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Tammy, Home Seller in Waldorf, MD

I want another agent! (5) people in since jan!!! 3 of them were from my craigs list.

Asked by Tammy, Waldorf, MD Sat Sep 27, 2008

What is the process to get out of the contract?????????????

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Although I think your big concern is that you are not getting enough foot traffic to come and see your house. Correct marketing makes a huge difference in how your homes will be shown. Make sure your house is in tip top condition, some staging (whether it's rearranging pictures/furniture or different paint job/furniture), take great pictures to show the best side of your home and market the houses in the right site to generate interest in coming to see the house.

It makes a big difference on how the house is marketed. The house I have now used to be listed with another Realtor where the pictures are dark, depressing, and the views a far, few and in between. My client lived what I did for my other listing and engaged my service. I am able to get a lot of showings and people will come to see the house from the city, south bay, Sonoma county, napa, even central valley due to my internet advertisement and paper (which is not nearly effective as Internet).

Yes, make sure your agent does all this to at least get people to come out and see the house. You will have at least a chance to sell if somebody comes and see your home, but if they don't even see the house, there will be no sale for sure!

Best,
Sylvia Barry
Marin Realtor
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Sylvia Barry,…, Real Estate Pro in Novato, CA
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Tammy
My advice with your next Realtor is this:
agree up front as to your expectations...on BOTH sides.

ANY HOME will sell for the right price. MOST homes do not sell because of the wrong price. That is not the ONLY reason...but the MAIN one.

Many sellers are upset when there home does not sell, the truth is that the Realtor agreed to a price that was above market. Know this...90% of the time the buyer first sees the home they buy with a REALTOR. So your market is REALTORS. If REALTORS are not showing it , it is overpriced.
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Keith Sorem, Real Estate Pro in Glendale, CA
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Tammy,

Check the wording in your contract. There should be a termination clause that will shed some light on your obligation.

When the agent took the listing, did he/she mention anything about letting you out of the contract if you were not pleased with their service?

Good luck
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Sep 28, 2008
Tammy:

You are going on 9 months with five showings. I don't care how bad the agent is, there is much more to the the story than the agent. The advice below is geared toward letting the agent go. The truth is that if you are in the MLS and the price/location are desireable you would have had many more showings. As for letting your agent go, perhaps you should because they were unable to do their job. Their job is to get the home sold and if it ain't gonna sell as it was when you listed it or now then they should have been brutally honest with you and have failed. It's fair to say that another agent listing it for the same price is not likely going to do much better but hopefully they will let you know this up front.

As for FSBO, read what Rockinblu has written in his blog. It is useful and works. I have incorporated some of his ideas intomy own marketing.
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Put it in writing and ask for a release from you contract, they do not have to release you or they could put conditions on the release such as you do not list with any one until the term is up. be nice but persistant for a full release. good luck with your release.
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Tammy,

You are likely not going to like what I have to share.....but, it's important to know exactly the level of services an agent is planning on providing before you enter into an agreement. We always recommend that sellers request a comprehensive marketing plan in writing before committing. This should include everything that you can count on from both the agent and their company. This document can be used as a "road map" that both the agent and you can follow to chart your progress and help you determine where the deficiencies might be. There should be no surprises.....

As to how to get out of your agreement, this might be a problem but direct contact with your agent's broker may help bring about the change needed.

Ouch! I'm a fool...this was posted over 5 years ago....%&**#@! I'll soon learn to check the dates before entering a response.
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Before getting rid of your agent, consider two things -1) Is your home in tip top shape? 2) Is your home priced right? The first viewing of your home is what people see on the internet. Take time to look at your listing. Look at it as though you were a buyer. This is the customers first walk-thru of your house. Does it look cluttered? Does it look inviting? Would you want to come to see it?
If your house looks great, consider the price. Has your agent shown you comps and asked you to lower the price? Are there other homes in your area that are getting showings and selling? Go see why.
And if you still feel it is your agent, there should be a termination clause in your contract.
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"As for FSBO, read what Rockinblu has written in his blog. It is useful and works. I have incorporated some of his ideas into my own marketing."
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Jeff
Thanks for the good words, and your contribution to the blog. I noticed that you have started to allot some of your lnternet time to Trulia since August. I just want to say welcome, and that I am sure that your ability to think outside the proverbial box will afford some great answers to many of the questions here on Trulia. Already I noticed a situation on this thread where instead of just giving an answer, you called attention to probably the root problem. Way to go. Now back to the regularly scheduled program. :-)
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Thank you very much for your suggestions. Our agent has agreed to provide the forms I need.
I'm signing with another agent next week.


I did'nt want to bash my agent with horror stories on how she didn't come through on so many occasions........I just wanted to know how to get out of this situation.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Sep 28, 2008
Holy mackeral Tammy, How long did you sign up for anyway? Quite honestly, they probably look at your listing as more of a liability than an asset by now. However, the first and easiest thing to do is to check with the agency's managing broker and ask for a different agent to be assigned to your listing. Otherwise, ask the agency's managing broker about a full release. If you have a year agreement, there is a possibility of them trying to stick it to you for fear of you having a buyer on the hook through your own efforts, or even a buyer that was generated by the listing that has approached you directly.

BTW, please don't consider this as encouragement to do a FSBO, but if you are proactive in the marketing, you might find the link below of some interest. While it is directed to FSBO's, you may find some info sandwiched in there that you could use to augment your agent's efforts. Remember, you should always keep your agent informed of anything that you do on your own. Good luck.

http://www.trulia.com/blog/rockinblu/2008/08/thinking_about_…
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