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Asked by Deborah, Saint Louis, MO Tue May 27, 2008

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Donna Anders…, Agent, Tucson, AZ
Tue May 27, 2008
I have never had a listing that long. It is important that your real estate agent keep up with the market and in a soft market recommend changes in price and sometimes changes in your home, such as the need to stage it, etc. If you can not sell your house after 18 months of listing it and your realtor has done the job, the market is terribly soft and you may want to consider renting it instead of selling at this time.
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Bay Jackson, , Shreveport, LA
Tue May 27, 2008
Wow, 18 months is a long time. Your listing agreement was probably for six months, and has been renewed twice. It should be coming up for renewal soon. No offense, but some agents would be happy to let a listing expire that had been on the market for that long. Has your agent handled things appropriately? Has he/she done everything you have asked of them? Have you done everything they have asked of you? Is it priced right, staged right, clean and ready for showings? You should take into consideration that your agent has probably spent a lot of time and money marketing your house, and it may not be his/her fault that it has not sold. Irregardless of whether you change agents or not something needs to change if you want to get your house sold.
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Don Tepper, Agent, Burke, VA
Tue May 27, 2008
Yes, you do have a contract. But, golly, how long is that contract? Most contracts are for 90 days or 180 days (3 or 6 months). Sure, it's all negotiable, but a year and a half??

Check your contract. What does it say? And then, I personally would go to the agent's managing broker and request that you be released from the contract.

A year and a half???

If that doesn't work, get a real estate lawyer. Something really doesn't smell right here.

Good luck.
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