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Old 03-11-2008, 02:03 PM
 
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Ok, I realize I am going to sound like a dummy, but ...

My house has been on the market for 4 months now. We've had a decent number of showings (typically a couple a week) and a few people have said they loved it, but alas, no offers. Our realtor has been frustrating to work with. She was going to just stick a sign in the yard and wait for people to call. I had to push her to even post the house on realtor.com. I had to take the pictures because honestly, hers sucked. I have to print the flyers and keep the box full. And she says open houses are a waste of time.

I'm ready to either try a new realtor or just take the house off the market. But I don't know when my listing contract expires. I never got a copy of it. Dumb, I know. Will she have to notify me when the contract is up? Or do I have to get up my nerve and ask? Can she just keep it listed if I don't cancel?
argh.
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Old 03-11-2008, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Salem, OR
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In Oregon you are required to get a copy of your listing agreement at the time of signing. Out here, you could cancel right now, and the agent would get reprimanded or suspended by the real estate agency for failing to provide you with a copy of the contract (if you chose to complain). It is completely unacceptable to not give a client a copy of something they signed.

What state are you in, and maybe some agents from that state can weigh in on this issue?
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Old 03-11-2008, 02:39 PM
 
Location: Long Island
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By law, you should have received a full copy of your listing agreement in a timely manner once all parties had signed. 4 months does not qualify as timely! Call today and get it. If you can't get it from the agent you are working with, then call the qualifying broker who runs the office. Don't know what state you are in, but I'd be willing to guess that this is a violation of real estate practices where you live. Good Luck.
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Old 03-11-2008, 03:28 PM
 
Location: Central NC
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I'm not a real estate agent so I can't offer any advice. I just wanted to say that no question is dumb. I'm glad you asked because you may have helped many others who were too embarrassed to ask themselves! Let us know what happens when you call!
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Old 03-11-2008, 04:52 PM
 
Location: Houston, Texas
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My understanding is, that the law pertaining to the requirement of giving a copy of the contract to all parties in a timely matter, is a nation wide requirment. Although I am not positive. However, the requirement holds in the State of Washington, the State of New York, and the State of Texas.

The very fact that your agent is so slopy that they did not give you a copy of the listing agreement in itself is enough to kick them to the curb. Contact the broker, request a copy of the listing contract and if it has expired or is due to expire very shortly go find yourself a new agent. If the expiration period is not around the corner request the broker to take your agent off the contract and replace them with a new agent. Tell the broker anyone whom he suggests you wish to interview. Many agents have a list of questions to ask an agent before listing with them, let us on here know if you would like us to provide you a list.

Good luck and keep us posted. We are all on here to help you out and by the way there is no such thing as a stupid question.
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Old 03-11-2008, 06:32 PM
 
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Thank you all so much! (especially for not making me feel even dumber) I live in Texas, and I'm sure you're right, I should have gotten a copy of the listing by law. I will follow up on that!
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Old 03-11-2008, 10:16 PM
 
Location: Gorham, Maine
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In Maine, I have to provide the client with copies at the time of signature. If signed in my office, I use the photocopier. If signed at the kitchen table, I have to bring 2 copies of everything. I'd call the designated/managing broker and get a copy ASAP.
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Old 03-13-2008, 05:02 AM
 
Location: Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
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Thank you all so much! (especially for not making me feel even dumber) I live in Texas, and I'm sure you're right, I should have gotten a copy of the listing by law. I will follow up on that!
Patsy, Yes in Texas, the Realtor is required to give you a copy of everything you signed. There isn't a time limit, but it's common sense to give the owner a copy within a day of signatures.

I am sorry to hear about your experience with your Realtor, please don't feel intimidated by asking her for copies of your documents. If you are not happy with her performance and your listing agreement hasn't expired yet, I urge you to discuss your concerns with her. A couple of showings a week is not bad, but what have the people thought of your house? feedback is very important so you know how to address the items that they don't like. If it's price, you can reduce it, if it's anything that you control.

Not sure where in Texas you are, but here in Dallas/Fort Worth open houses are not very popular especially if you are still living in the house because of several reasons such as random people that haven't been pre-screed by the realtors will be going through your house. Usually, it's the nosy neighbors that show up. But it is your call, if you want to have one or 2, insist on it...

Naima
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Old 03-13-2008, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Gilbert - Val Vista Lakes
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In AZ you have to get a copy of the contract at the time of signing.

From your statements the agent is not doing a good job. I would call the broker and tell him/her that you wish to cancel the contract and get a copy of the contract release.

With the information you provided, I wouldn't talk to the agent; I would go straight to the broker, because it is the broker who has to release the contract. The agent cannot do it because the listing belongs to the broker.

In the meantime you can interview other agents.
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