Posted by Glenn OH on January 19, 2000 at 14:54:44:
Or maybe the broker will let you out, since legally the contract is with them. I did just that with my house last spring. Listing agent promised my listing would go in their magazine when it listed. When it did not, I called the office manager (multi-office brokerage for national franchise chain). I reminded her that they were working to protect my best interests, and that there performance was not in my best interest. She started back-peddling, etc. After second call to her with no results, I asked for broker’s name and location. Immediately drove to that office and asked to speak with the broker. When he got off the phone, he came out, said he just had spoken to office manager, and that the contract would be cancelled. We met with agent the next day to cancel contract. She handed us a standard Bd. of Realtors cancellation form (WATCH OUT!!!) that stated we were just cancelling the contract, and if we re-listed or sold it ourselves (even to family) they would be due a commission. Since we were going to sell the house some way, I could not live with those terms. So… I got out my pen, crossed out all the ways they would get paid, added that we fully intended to sell the house, and under no circumstances would any commission be due. Agent got a little nasty, went out of office, came back, and added the comment that under no circumstances would the brokerage ever do business with us (I’m not sure the broker was aware of that little petty statement). In the end, she sign the cancellation, and we later sold the home privately.