my husband contracted a realitor to sell our home and his name is not on the home loan. Is this a binding contract?

Asked by Rojibo, Texas Thu Apr 21, 2011

we want to get out of this contract. the agent has proven to be incompitent just in the few days we since signing the contract. we want out.

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Don Tepper, Agent, Burke, VA
Thu Apr 21, 2011
I'm not a lawyer, so this isn't legal advice. For that, you need a lawyer. However . . .

Your husband can contract to sell the home if he owns the home. Whether or not his name is on the mortgage has nothing to do with whether he owns the home. However, that raises the question of whether you're a co-owner and, if so, whether you signed. Again, that's a legal question.

However, don't start off by mucking around with whether you've got a binding contract and lawyers. Contact the Realtor. Say: "We want you to release us from the listing agreement." (Technically, the agreement is with the agent's broker.) If the agent (with the broker's agreement) agrees, then you're released. If the agent says no, then contact the agent's managing broker. Say: "We want you to release us from the listing agreement." The broker may agree. Or the broker may suggest you use someone else in his/her office. Or the broker may say no. If the broker says no, at that point, contact a lawyer.

Hope that helps.
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Anna M Brocco, Agent, Williston Park, NY
Thu Apr 21, 2011
Consider a discussion with your agent, if the chat proves unsatisfactory contact his/her broker owner and or office manger and express your concerns; ask to be unconditionally released from your contract or ask to be assigned another agent from within for the duration of the contract--oftentimes it's the broker owner and or office manager that decide any terminations, not necessarily the agent.
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