Why are sellers advised to use a local Realtor... because local Realtors are the ones who understand the local market. This guy just sounds like a tool. Do a better job, when you interview and hire your next agent.
In order for you to have a valid listing agreement it requires your written consent for a beginning and end period. Your listing agent/broker is incorrect. If your listing agreement has expired, he/she no longer represents you in the sale of your property, regardless of whether or not you choose to relist with another broker.
In Illinois, when a listing is entered into the MLS, it asks for an expiration date. The expiration date per your contract should have been entered at that time, and had it been, your listing would have automatically expired off of the MLS.
The fact that it didn't means that the correct expiration date was never entered.
Call the agent's broker and demand that your listing be removed from the MLS. Be sure to have your contract to refer to.
Did you use a local Realtor before? A local Realtor is often recommended because of her knowledge of the specific market, and her connections within the community. However, more important than local is an agent that will actually listen to your needs and respect your role as the homeowner, while at the same time providing counsel and honest guidance and feedback. The benefits of a local agent are cancelled out if that agent doesn't possess these qualities. Find the combination of both and you're set.
I moved from Des Plaines a few years ago. I had the worlds greatest Realtor sell my house.
Her name is
Jan Goczkowski email is Jangocz@aol.com 847-228-8713
She knows that town inside and out. We moved to AZ. Jan had my home staged, had the floors redone, had it cleaned a few times. made repairs. took care of the spa, and the koi pond. Marketing, Open Houses. Excellent negotiations
She got it sold. in the winter.
I don`t want a referral fee, She deserves everything she earns.
She is a Realtors, Realtor.
Give her a call.
We advise you to use a local Realtor because the vast majority are not like this agent - the sale or purchase of your home is too big to work with someone who is not familiar with the area and a local agent typically is familiar with the area - if you read this forum frequently, you would have to agree that you probably would not be experiencing this if you were working with one of the many prorfessionals that respond to these questions. Keep us posted on how it goes.