"to you agents looking to solicit this person while they are still under contract......you are over stepping. "
Well said Jesse.
While we are all "hungry" for business and listings, it does not help to elevate the public perception of our field when we don't follow the ETHICS section of our oath we took with NAR or in general.
Sometimes a seller gets an inexperienced agent; they generally are not experienced as most people don't sell homes frequently and cannot be expected to have the knowledge necessary on their first attempt to acquire a listing agent.
It is great that many agents here took the time to assist the seller with sound advice but lets not compromise our personal and professional standards to try to "Poach" another agents listing.
Now if the seller came on here and said, "I fired my listing agent and successfully got out of contract because...." then the effort to add them to our list of clients would be perfectly acceptable. However that is not the case with this question.
To the questioner, Voice your concerns to the agent and failing that, the broker. Explain to him what you expect of a listing agent and ask for a detailed report of what has been done to market your home for you.
Also, don't rule out "Green" agents. If they are working with a good brokerage they will have the support necessary to properly market your house and more importantly, they will have that drive to succeed still fresh in them as well as being more likely to have knowledge of how to capitalize on social networking and using internet marketing, etc. if they are younger.
They also most likely don't have a ton of listings to manage, allowing them to focus more of their time and marketing efforts on your behalf. I would be more concerned on if they are full time agents.
I would take a "Green" full timer over a 15 year part timer. If they are worth their salt, they would be able to have devote their full attention to Real Estate with that much experience under their belts with very few exceptions. (Before I get pounced on, I know some Realtors work both a full time job on off hours, Nights, etc due to health insurance needs and successfully manage to dedicate their attention to both)
Just remember people, We are supposed to look out for the best interest of our clients and whats best for our profession as a whole as well as our bottom line. Don't compromise your ethics, it can be a slippery slope.
Wow, that was way longer of a rant then I intended. I just am really passionate about our field, and love what I do and want to help others to do it better as well.