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Stacie, Home Seller in Littleton, CO

What happens to my MLS listing if I change Realtors?

Asked by Stacie, Littleton, CO Wed May 19, 2010

Will the original one be canceled and a new one created, or does it transfer? What if I decide to make it for sale by owner?

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You need to first work out with your current agent if they are withdrawing their contract or if its expiring.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jun 8, 2012
Hello Stacie,

This may not be as simple as it looks.

You have a listing agreement with your current broker (not the listing agent).
Please read this agreement to see how you can terminate this agreement, and if there are any cancellation penalties.

The agreement has to be terminated by mutual agreement, or expire, before you start working with another brokerage. It's easier if the new agent is from the same brokerage...

If the mutual agreement is reached, the listing will be cancelled.
Then, a new listing will be entered in MLS.
However, in most MLS the history will show everything that happen with the previous agent -
days on the market, price, price reductions/increases, remarks etc.

To "freshen up" - I recommend to take brand new pictures, change furniture placement (if possible), add splashes of color (pillows & throws) - to stage it and make it look "different" from your previous sale. Different angle of the house pictures - all completely redone - will help to bring new energy into your property presentation.

Hope this helps,

Irina Karan
Beachfront Realty, Inc.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jun 7, 2012
You will have to first get permission from your current brokerage if they will let you take the listings with you. If they will, then you will need to create a new listing agreement with your sellers with the new company.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue May 22, 2012
Most ethical brokers will allow you to cancel your listing with them and move on. BUT, get something in writing because the managing brokers can play hardball - especially Keller Williams. They would not want to let you out because they have a multi level marketing sales approach that will affect other brokers income.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Dec 2, 2010
Hello Stacie,

You can always ask your current Realtor to refresh your listing. This will assign a new MLS number to your property and make it look somewhat new, the days on market will still show up. MLS will automatically send your listing to everyone who has your type of home in their search criteria.

Sandy Kinslow
The Kinslow Team
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jun 22, 2010
Like others have said, if your listing truly expires (and I assume your agreement with your agent does too, but I would double check your dates on your agreement just to be sure), you are free to go with anyone else to sell your home. Your home should show expired in the MLS, and if you do go with someone else they will re-list it on the MLS under a new number. However, it will show up in the listing history when someone is looking at it that it had been listed previously. Like someone had mentioned, if you go FSBO it won't show up unless you pay a limited service company/agent to list it for you.

Please let me know if you have any other questions and I hope this help!

Good luck!

Julie Montemarano
Keller Williams Realty LLC
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu May 20, 2010
The history follows your property for 2-3 years
Keller Wiliams Realty Success
Web Reference: http://www.SwanRealtor.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 19, 2010
It may bear mentioning that f you don't list with an MLS participant brokerage, you will not get the exposure that you would with MLS participation.

Many MLS services automatically feed to sites like REALTOR.com, ListHub, Google, Yahoo -- even Zillow and Trulia -- some syndicate to up to 40+ sites.

To purchase ad space on that many portals individually to showcase your property over a few month period could add up fast.

Good luck with the marketing of your home!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 19, 2010
The old one will be canceled and a new one will be assigned if you list with a broker. If you go the FSBO route it will not have a MLS number unless you pay a realtor to post it on the MLS.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 19, 2010
Hi Stacie-

Your MLS listing will show as Withdrawn or Expired when you change Realtors depending on the situation. If you list with another agent you will have a new MLS listing with a new MLS number.

Your days on market will carry through to the new listing unless you keep your home out of the MLS for 30 days.

Web Reference: http://www.team-koz.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 19, 2010
If your listing expires, Stacie, that's an entirely different story. When it expires, unless you renew with them... it is no longer the agency's listing, and you are free to relist with whomever you want.

That includes going FSBO, if you should decide to. Be forewarned, however, that most agency agreements include a "protection period" of some length, that would cover someone who viewed your property during the time that the agency had it listed... and if one of those people ended up buying it... you might still owe a commission.

Read your listing agreement carefully, or ask the agency to show/explain it to you.

Good luck.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 19, 2010
Alan May, Real Estate Pro in Evanston, IL
Thanks, Alan. Our contract is about to expire and we're considering switching to a different agency or selling it ourselves . So, I mostly just don't know how the MLS listing works.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 19, 2010
It would be withdrawn/cancelled from the MLS un der the previous Realtor and then submitted as a new listing with your new Realtor.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 19, 2010
In most cases, your listing agreement is between you and the agency, not between you and the agent. It's up to the agency as to whether they will release you from your agreement.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 19, 2010
Alan May, Real Estate Pro in Evanston, IL
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