Hi again Samantha,
I think that JR made a valid point about fewer and fewer showings the longer a home is on the market. It is statistically true that a home gets the most showings the first month it is on the market.
Also, Maria was pretty hard on you about the agreement. But I have to say that I had also misinterpreted that you had broken your agreement with your listing agent when I first read your question. Once that agreement expires, of course you are free to do whatever you want!
In my market, we often hear complaints from sellers that "you didn't show my house once yourself" even if it is shown many many times by other agents. I don't know about your market, but we have a huge number of agents here working with buyers, so it is often unlikely that I will show my own listing. My job as a listing agent is to get your house sold, and I cooperate with 1300+ agents to make that happen. It doesn't matter that your agent didn't show the house personally (believe me, we all love to show our own listings, but realistically it just doesn't always happen that one of the buyers I am working with is right for my listings).
Cooperating with other agents doesn't mean "I scratch your back, you scratch mine." It means we have a professional arrangement (MLS) to cooperate in showing each others' listings and providing compensation. Your flat rate company falls into that cooperative arrangement.
Statistically, agents are more successful in selling homes than owners are, and most owners do engage a full service agent after a period of trying it on their own. Why is this? Because we are professionals who handle real estate transactions every day and are trained in all the aspects of the sale, disclosures, and transaction. There are a few bad apples in the Realtor basket, but for the most part we are hard-working, honest people who genuinely care about the best interest of our clients --often over "making the sale."
It sounds as if you feel burned by agents -- your previous agent as well as all those who aren't showing your home. To be straightforward, without knowing a thing about your area and your property, if a home hasn't sold in the amount of time you have been trying, with the agent and without, something about the price or the property needs to be addressed. And you are now stale on the market. And buyers are often more comfortable putting an offer on a house that is listed with a full-service agent. I know you think we are all trying to push you toward using an agent, but we know that the odds are in favor of it selling with an agent representing you. Agents generally get you better price, terms and conditions than you will get yourself making that commission you pay more than worthwhile.
You just have to find one that you really can put your trust in and who will shoot straight with you about what it will REALLY take to sell the house (you are correct, at least in my market, that an ad in the paper isn't it).