HI Debbie.....................I can undertsand your frustration.
It's difficult to comment from afar, also unethical for me to critique your current broker while you are involved in an ongoing business relationship.
That being said......here are some suggestions and thoughts that I hope might help.
For what it is worth...my company has moved most of our marketing dollars into internet marketing...we have some, but limited print advertising these days, and public open houses are advertised through our internet sources............so, if that's what your current company is doing - it's not that unusual.
Public open houses are generally not a productive way to get a home sold.
As far as a Broker open house, I am not sure why anyone would be reluctant to do that.....it's often the very first active part of marketing I do on a new listing. I just listed a home on Saturday, and had the broker open house today - with lunch served.... to encourage more agents to attend.
In regard to photos and video, or a virtual tour....that is often handled by a professional...........I am not sure what the problems are with that, and certainly you are entitled to an explanation. I usually take the first round of digital photos myself - followed by the professional we use for our virtual tours, who also takes still shots of all the rooms. I then pick the best ones to use.
Here is what I suggest............. sit down with the Broker ASAP........have you own list of questions and suggestions prepared, but more importantly, ask to see their written marketing plan. Ask to see in wiriting what they have planned to do on your behalf - with dates for completion.
It sounds llike you didn't get a written plan in fhr first place, or some of these issues would have been made clear to you. For example, in the written plan I provide, I clearly explain why there will be limited print ads done...so the seller doesn't feel shortchanged later on in the process - they already know what to expect.
During this meeting, you should also ask to have up to the minute market information so that you know where you stand price-wise. Seven weeks have gone by....make sure you know what changes, if any, have occurred with the market. A price adjustment may be called for....but you won't know that until you are informed about the market.
If you have an unusual home, it may take longer to sell than a more "typical" home, but it also takes some more creativity. Make sure you are on every internet site possible (all the usual sites, plus Craigs list, here on Trulia, etc).....Multiple photos are a must......but - GOOD photos are a must - no dark rooms, no cloudy day exterior shots, etc.........along with a virtual tour.....and a full color brochure. Another suggestion is to have an individual domain site for your home...example : http://www..123MainSt.com.........this
is something we provide for all our listings.............our signs have riders with that website address, too.
I would give the broker a timeframe in which to enact these things..You are correct - 7 weeks is too long to languish on the market without things begin accomplished.
I hope you will be able to light a fire under someone, and get things moving along. If you feel this isn't possible, then have another discussion with the Broker of record, and ask for an unconditional release, as it's the only way you will be able to move forward with a new Broker.
Best wishes............I hope things progress more smoothly moving forward
Prudential NJ Properties