Can I fire my real estate agent?

Asked by Cathy Look, Tuckahoe, NY Fri Jun 10, 2011

We have a 6 month contract, and 2 months in, our agent is not doing a good job--she has mishandled some situations and is not knowledgeable. Do I have any recourse to break the contract and find someone else? Will I be sued if I do this?

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Fajardo Dela…, Agent, Flushing, NY
Fri Mar 1, 2013
Did you speak with her broker, he might either assign another agent or give you a release.

Fajardo Delacruz
Licensed Real Estate Agent
Century Homes Realty Group llc
Direct Line: 347-932-0609
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Michael Levy, Agent, Armonk, NY
Tue Jul 10, 2012
Hi Cathy: That depends on your written agreement with your agent. Have you signed anything? If you want to call me at my office, I'll help you figure it out. Basically it depends on how far along you are in the deal. Please call: 914-273-9688. Good luck. Sincerely, Michael F. Levy, Principal Broker, Grand Lux Realty. http://www.GrandLuxRealty.com.
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Bill Gassett, Agent, Hopkinton, MA
Tue Aug 11, 2015
Firing a Real Estate agent is something you should give a lot of thought to before doing so. The fact you find your agent is not doing a good job doesn't come as a big surprise. The real estate industry has one of the lowest barriers to entry. This means all walks of life can come join the party and be representing what could be your largest asset. Take a look at the web link which goes over in detail how and why you should consider firing a real estate agent.
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Steven S. Ge…, Agent, White Plains, NY
Fri Jul 5, 2013
In theory you can fire your agent. Look at the Listing contract you signed and see if there is any conditions to early termination. You should speak with the broker as well and express you displeasure and see if anything can be done to rectify it.
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hdroguebiker, Home Seller, Akron, OH
Fri Jul 5, 2013
My home had been on the market for 2 months when our agent wanted to drop the price 10,000$. Is this a common thing realtors do? And maybe why would thjs be done?
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Yes... and the reason it would be done is to make the house sell.... you are probably over priced. Have you had showings? If not, its the price. Either budge on the price, or keep it where it is and the activity will remain the same.
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Annette Law…, Agent, Palm Harbor, FL
Fri Mar 1, 2013
Your agent could be at Panera Bread with the other agents asking EXACTLY the same question.
You really should have a heart to heart with your agent, be respectful and honest. You will be amazed what honest communications can accomplish.

Trolling the internet for opinions should be the resource of lowest priority. You end up with comments like Russ' below and believe them to be a valid option. This is bad, bad, guidance and injecting such actions into your environment will prove toxic for years to come. Honest, open and respectful communication...that IS the right action to take.
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Russ Ravary, Agent, Commerce Township, MI
Fri Mar 1, 2013
Usually you can fire your agent. Call the broker or their manager to have them help you get out of the contract. You can always threaten them with bad publicity and they will be glad to let you go.....if they say no at first
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Lisa Loeb, Agent, East Nortport, NY
Tue Jul 10, 2012
Hi Cathy,

You can warn her that he or she is not doing a good job and the reasons for it and then see if there is any improvements and try it for another month.If your agent does not improve his or her services within the month's time then try calling the broker or manager in charge to see if you can get another agent and /or ask for permisson to cancel the contract.I am sure that they will accomodate you any way possble and would like to see you be happy with the agent your working with.

I am an experienced professional real estate agent for 13 years.I would be happy to assist you if you are no longer in a contract with the agent your with.

Thank you,

Sincerely,

Lisa Loeb
http://www.GrandLuxRealty.com
914-582-2904
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Steven S. Ge…, Agent, White Plains, NY
Sat Nov 5, 2011
Cathy,

I suggest you call the manager of the office where you have you home listed. Companies in general want owners to be satisfied and they do not wish to have there reputationtarnished. I am sure they will try to accomadate you one way or another.

Steve Geiger
Licensed Associate Broker
Houlihan Lawrence
914-263-5275
sgeiger@houlihanlawrence.com
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Debby Frank, Agent, Scarsdale, NY
Sat Jun 11, 2011
Barring any special circumstances, agents and the offices they are affiliated generally are very reasonable and want you to be satisified. If that is not possible you can usually cancel your contract and refund any advertising dollars as described in your contract.

Debby Frank
Keller Williams Realty
(914) 498-5443
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Christopher…, Agent, Tarrytown, NY
Fri Jun 10, 2011
Hi, you can fire your agent. Just read the language in your listing agreement to see if there are any clauses that may affect you. One common clause in our Westchester listing agreements is if the client terminates the agreement before expiration the agent may be able to recoup marketing dollars and/or a full commission if a meeting of the minds was brought about.

Sincerely,

Christopher Pagli
Licensed Associate Broker
Accredited Buyer Representative
William Raveis Legends Realty Group
914 406 9023
Web Reference:  http://raveis.com/chrispagli
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Bill Eckler, Agent, Venice, FL
Fri Jun 10, 2011
Cathy,

It's not uncommon for people to commit to an agent or an agency and later be disappointed with their service. Being able to site specific examples and situations may be helpful.

We recommend getting in contact with the agent's broker to express your concerns and request to be allowed out of your agreement. With specific information and a valid level of concern many brokers will be understanding of your request.

Good luck,

Bill
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AnneMarie En…, Agent, Thornwood, NY
Fri Jun 10, 2011
Hi Cathy:

Ck your sales agreement. Most likely it has a clause that allows you out of the contract but in most cases, you may be responsible for any monies that were spent on advertising dollars for your property.

You can also call the Westchester Putnam Association of Realtors and ask for Richard Haggerty on how you can proceed with cancelling your contract. The main number is 914-681-0833 and just ask to speak with him.

AnneMarie Encarnacao
Century 21 Schneider Realty
914-774-2764
http://www.annemariec21.listingbook.com
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Martina Ryan, Agent, Flushing, NY
Fri Jun 10, 2011
You should talk to the agent first and tell him/her your expectations are not being met. Explain your reasons for wanting to terminate your relationship. He/She may step up to the plate.
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Michael Levy, Agent, Armonk, NY
Fri Jun 10, 2011
My suggestion would be to read the contract you signed & see what the termination clause is. Usually brokers will allow sellers to cancel their agreement regardless of what's written. If you need help understanding your agreement, give me a call & I'll be happy to explain it. Good luck. Sincerely, Michael Levy, Principal Broker, Grand Lux Realty, 914-273-9688.
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Anna M Brocco, Agent, Williston Park, NY
Fri Jun 10, 2011
Since you state you have a written agreement--have a dicussion with your agent; if the chat proves unsatisfactory contact his/her broker owner, and or office manager and express your concerns; you can ask to be unconditionally released, or ask to be assigned another agent from within. If you have no signed agreement, you are free to work with whoever you please, but be upfront with that agent regarding any properties you may have already seen, and or, wish to see again/possibly make an offer....
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Wes Black, Agent, Louisville, KY
Fri Jun 10, 2011
In most states either party can end the contract at any time before expiration.
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Tim Moore, Agent, Kitty Hawk, NC
Fri Jun 10, 2011
You will not be sued, that is unlikely. Your contract is NOT with the agent but with the company. Most sellers never totally realize this. You have contracted for 6 months to use that company to list your house for sale and you might be using a certain agent in that office. There is a boss there and the boss is called the Primary Broker, or Broker in Charge or Principal Broker, but each office has one. Your listing is with that person and that broker can assign another agent to handle your listing. The current agent will not be happy, but you can ask the broker to assign you a new agent to finish up the remainder of the contract. The broker also has the power to cancel the listing contract too.
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