I cannot get my agent or broker to list my house on Trulia or Yahoo. They say they can't afford it. This is

Asked by Carole Paulett, 34711 Fri Jul 25, 2008

a Remax agency. What is my recourse?

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Susan Wesely, , Saint Paul, MN
Fri Jul 25, 2008
Some alternatives: Get clarification from the broker about office policy on using these sites. Pay for it yourself. Negotiate a "split" on the cost, to be paid at closing. Change to an agent who will list it on additional sites. (You will have to cancel your current listing if you do that.) If you are not getting showings now, reduce the price or improve the perceived value, based on feedback from your current agent. All the web sites in the universe will not sell an overpriced home. Best of luck!
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Rick Aguirre, Agent, Orlando, FL
Sat Aug 2, 2008
Carole,
First when you interview a Realtor, you should spell out what YOU expect and of course since there are 2 sides be asking what they are going to do to market your home.
Everything should be spelled out before signing anything. If your agent cannot afford or refuses to market your home as you wish then I would recommend looking elsewhere.
You should be able to terminate your contract. There is a clause in the Far/bar listing agreement called CONDITIONAL TERMINATION. Read it.
Also in the contract is BROKER OBLIGATIONS and AUTHORITY You should read this too.
I would sit down with your agent and review these points and come to an agreement.
Hope this helps.
Rick.
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Christine Be…, , 19465
Sat Jul 26, 2008
You should fire your agent and hire an expert.
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Bill Eckler, Agent, Venice, FL
Sat Jul 26, 2008
Carole,

Contact your agent's broker for a clarification of their advertising policies and explain your concerns. If you do not receive the information you are seeking request to be released from your listing agreement without penalty.
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Emily Medvec, Agent, Santa Fe, NM
Fri Jul 25, 2008
This is not a solicitation for an already listed property but information only. Trulia is free. It only requires your listing agent have a computer and internet marketing skills. Prudential Real Estate companies advertise all property listings on Trulia, Yahoo, Zillow and other real estate portal sites, typically at no cost to the seller. I recommend you meet with your agent and brokerage management to learn more about the marketing program they have prepared to expose your property to the greatest number of buyers worldwide. As for recourse, it is important to review your agreement and look for solutions with both your agent and brokerage. Good luck in your efforts. Emily Medvec.
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Keith Sorem, Agent, Glendale, CA
Fri Jul 25, 2008
Carole
Please send your Realtor this link.
They can do it themselves, it's free.
keith
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Leigh Ann Pi…, , Mount Dora, FL
Fri Jul 25, 2008
This is not a solicitation to list an already listed home...information purposes only.
Advertising is expensive. Find out what sites they are already listing your home on and then go from there. Sometimes depending on where they currently are, trulia and yahoo will pick them up just not be branded to your agent but the exposure is still there. Find out by going to trulia and yahoo what the cost is and speak with your agent about it - somethimes homeowners can post for free when agents cannot. one question for you - are you under a full service listing or partial services b/c that makes a difference what the agent does. Good luck with selling your home.
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Phil Fowler, Agent, Brandon, FL
Fri Jul 25, 2008
Hmm,
Sorry about that. Why don't you put it on Craigs list. Ask your agent to blog about the property. Marketing is not cheap. As per the previous answers, you might have to pay for it.

Phil
Phil@PhilFowler.com
http://www.PhilFowler.com
Keller Williams Realty
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Candy C. Den…, , Chesapeake, VA
Fri Jul 25, 2008
National Association of REALTORS statistics show that over 75% of buyers start their homebuying search on the internet. Therefore, internet presence definitely gives your home an edge. There are many internet sites that do not charge a fee to have your home posted. Some sites do have different levels of advertising but offer the minimum information at no cost. Let your broker know that you wish for your listing to be posted on as many sites as possible. If it's a matter of dollars, discuss how you may compensate by paying for the advertising costs up front and have your agent reimberse you at settlement. The main thing is to get your property out there. The most important piece of the puzzle is your sales price. Having an over priced home for sale in our current market will bring both you and your agent nothing but frustration. If it's been listed for a while, it might be a good idea to have your agent do another competitive market anaysis to see where your list price falls in regards to homes that have recently sold. Best of luck to you!
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Gail Daly, , Myrtle Beach, SC
Fri Jul 25, 2008
You may need to ask what they are doing to promote your home. Is there a marketing plan and are you aware of what it is. If there is a plan then ask if it is working (are you getting showings)and if not then what is 'Plan B'. That being said, and most important, ask 'Is it priced competitvely?' and look at the sold homes as well as your competition. Where do you want to be in the line up of available homes like yours.

If all else fails, in today's tough market you may want to investigate more agents when your listing expires.
Web Reference:  http://www.GailDaly.com
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Jacqueline F…, , Kissimmee, FL
Fri Jul 25, 2008
Wonderful Carole!

I wish you the best of luck.
Please remember when interviewing an agent to sell your home, ask them how they will market it.
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Carole Paule…, , 34711
Fri Jul 25, 2008
Thank you everyone for your help and advice on getting my listing on the websites. My broker did place it on Trulia today through my persistence. It is also on Realtor.com and Homes.com. We are showing our home tomorrow. Wish us luck!
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Carole Paule…, , 34711
Fri Jul 25, 2008
Thank you. I forwarded the link to the broker. She insisted she had to pay a fee - obviously not!
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Sylvia Barry,…, Agent, Marin, CA
Fri Jul 25, 2008
Hi Carole:

You might have to find a Realtor who is savvy on the internet because that's where most clients see their homes first. Marketing can be expensive, but if you know the right tools and sites, you can be extremely effective and very cost efficient.

Realtors can post listings on Trulia for free, they just have to submit it.

There are also inexpensive sites where they can submit listings to be syndicated. They just have to spend time to learn and find out what's the best for their clients.

Sylvia
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Jacqueline F…, , Kissimmee, FL
Fri Jul 25, 2008
Hello Carole,

I echo everyone hear that marketing can be very expensive.
But it doesn't cost your agent anything to put your home on Trulia.

I wish you the best in selling your home.
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Javier Olmedo, Agent, Miami, FL
Fri Jul 25, 2008
Find out what alternative sites you can list your home in that maximize your exposure. There are plenty of "free" sites that people flock to on a daily basis that can help get your house in front of potential buyers.
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Jeff and Gin…, Agent, Vero Beach, FL
Fri Jul 25, 2008
This is not a solicitation for an already listed property but information only. Coldwell Banker uploads all or our company listings to Trulia. If your home does not sell, make a list of the marketing services that you want and agree to these in your Listing Contract. Good luck with selling your home. Perhaps your agent would cooperate by allowing you to list your own property on Trulia?
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