Contrary to popular oppinion on the answers of this forum, I would ask you a question. Did the firm you hired do work for you? Beleive it or not, agents and firms don't work for free. I realize your situation may have changed since you placed your home on the market, but that doesn't reduce the amount of work your firm has done for you. So many things happen behind the scenes you don't see that deserve compensation. Most listing agreements have cancellation fee agreements in them. When you signed your agreement, you agreed that if something should change and you took your home off the market, this would be the fee you would pay to the firm for their work and effort. If $1100 was the fee in that agreement, then that is what the firm you hired and you thought was fair. The figure your asking would have been in writing on your agreement. I would look through it , if I were you, and you can verify the figure. I don't, however, suggest sabotaging your agent or firm by removing signs or making it difficult to show while waiting for it to expire. Be honest with you agent and firm and I'm sure you can work something out.