Can we break our contract to sell our home before the 6 months is up?

Asked by Carrie, Flushing, MI Sun Mar 2, 2008

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Sylvia Barry,…, Agent, Marin, CA
Sun Mar 2, 2008
Hi Carrie:

I agree with Gary, the detail is in the contract and most reputable Realtor will allow you to break the contract if you explain the situation to them.

If you changed your mind about selling, which happens from time to time - although I always make sure my clients really want to sell before I list with them but situation can change - If this is the case, you can keep the house listed with the same agent, but just ask him/her to take it out of the market until the listing period expires.

or, I wonder if you want to break the contract because you are not happy with the performance of the agent? If so, have you discussed this with your agent? If not, please do first discuss with your agent about your expectation and why you are not happy with the performance. I am sure your agent will be very happy to have the feedback and perhaps change the approach to meet your expectation. If you have already done that, you might be able to talk to the broker also. I would think they want to do the right thing to serve you.

Again, discuss this with your agent and get an agreement with him/her. I think they will respect your wishes.

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Melinda J. R…, Agent, Grand Rapids, MI
Sun Mar 2, 2008
Carrie, I would really suggest you have a conversation with your agent. If it is because you are not happy, talk to the agent and maybe even the broker. See what they are willing to do for you. Best Wishes to you!
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Keith Sorem, Agent, Glendale, CA
Sun Mar 2, 2008
The Realtors job is to sell the house. Your job is to cooperate.
Why do you want to cancel the listing agreement?
Are you unhappy with the job the Realtor is doing?
Complain, put it in writing to the broker, and tell them to draw up a cancellation.
Do you want to sell it yourself? You'll end up paying the commission.
Want to change agents? Be clear on your motives. Repost if you can share more info, otherwise I'd discuss this with the broker and Realtor ASAP.
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Missy Caulk, Agent, Saline, MI
Sun Mar 2, 2008
I have unconditional listing guarantee, Carrie. If they want out the are out. Why work with someone who is unhappy or has had a change of mind.
Now if you are unhappy with the Realtor, have a heart to heart talk.
One option if you are going to re-list is offer to pay her hard money costs.
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Deborah Madey, Agent, Brick, NJ
Sun Mar 2, 2008
The terms of the contract determine what options exist. There are listing contracts that allow a buyer to cancel without any reason, and only a written notice is required. Most contracts are not written with that language, but those do exist. Refer to your contract. If the contract does not allow you to the ability to unilaterally cancel, it will depend upon the willingness of the agent and broker to terminate the contract.
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Debra Drummo…, , Plymouth, MI
Sun Mar 2, 2008

It depends on what your contract says. If you've changed your mind and decided not to sell, most agents will withdraw the home from the market. If you want out because you want to list with someone else, it's up to the Broker. Good luck!
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smith3gary, Agent, White Lake, MI
Sun Mar 2, 2008
Carrie, The information you're looking for will be available in the contract you signed between youself and the real estate broker (not the agent).

I suggest talking it over with your agent and informing them why you want out of the contract. Most agents are understanding.
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