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How long after a contract expiration can I sell my house to someone that has expressed interest ..

I have had a terrible relationship with my realtor.  Poor follow-up/communicatin and other issues.  Currently there is a contingent offer due to expire in 10 days or so.  My realtor contract is due to expire in 4 weeks.  How long after the realtor contract expiration before I can sell my house myself to the people that had a contingent offer?
  • September 03 2013 - Forest Lake
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Fred as frustrated as you are with your realtor You should call the brokerage which holds your listing and ask for a unconditional expiration so they do not attempt to collect any commissions when your business with them is concluded. Furthermore you should Hire a Realtor who is efficient in communication and can negotiate a deal in your best interests.
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read your listing agreement.  Ours usually states 180 days after the listing expires.
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Well, usually after the contract has expired there is a time-frame that most Realtors put as 180 days (6 months). It basically states that if you choose to market directly to buyers who the Realtor was responsible for bringing you still owe him a potential commission. The best thing to do is have a real estate attorney review the contract, because as always Realtors cannot give legal advice.

If you already have an offer on the home usually it is best to stick it out so that you can close. If things do fall apart I may also suggest simply looking at other Realtors. You know exactly what you DID NOT get with this Realtor, so interview a couple other ones to make sure they can give you the customer service you deserve.

Good Luck!

~Chirs
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Your contract is most likely with the brokerage.  Your Realtor is a representative of the brokerage.  Call the Broker, explain your problems, and they may assign a new Realtor to you.  If you let the listing contract expire most contracts protect the Realtor for an additional 180 days after expiration.  The Realtor will give you a list of protected prospects who have seen the house who may still take action.  If he provides the list, and if one of the people on the list purchase your property the Realtor is owed a commission.
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Thanks for posting your question on Zillow.com!

Your listing contract is with the broker (the office) not the agent.  This means if you have a concern with your agent, you need to take it to the broker/manager.  If the broker is the agent then you take it to the local Realtor board.

The broker has a right to the commission even if the listing contract expires because they are the procuring cause (Google it) of the qualified buyer with the "contingent" offer.  I highly recommend not trying to skirt around paying the commission.

Good luck!  Oh, & sorry for your issues.
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It depends on any limitations on your listing agreement with the realtor.
Plus how the contract is written up for the contingent contract and how long that period is.

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