firing a realtor
Do we have any recourse if we feel our realtor isn't doing anything to market our house? We listed with her in November and the listing doesn't expire until May 31st. During this time, she posted the house on the website with God-awful pictures taken by a "professional" that cost us $395 upfront, and stuck a sign in the front yard with the enticement of "vaulted ceiings"! I doubt anyone was enticed to look at or buy a house because of "Vaulted ceilings"!
The house was completely gutted and remodeled - new kitchen with new stainless steel appliances, Corian countertops, new cherry cabinets, new tile floors; two completely new bathtrooms - stripped and redone to the studs and subflooring; every room repainted and with all new carpeting in neutral colors. The house is in a very desirable neighborhood, within walking distance of an elementary school and huge park, within a mile of shopping, childcare and all the suburban amenities. It has easy freeway access to major roads and is an easy commute to the downtown area of the state capital of Ohio. And this suburban area is considered one of the most desirable in this area, with a highly rated school system. This neighborhood allows first time buyers and empty nesters to buy in this very expensive area at reasonable prices. The house prices in this area have held their own because of the desirablity and demand for entry level housing in this usually very expensive suburb. The average house price here is about double what the house is priced at.
But here's the issue - the realtor has done virtually nothing to market the house, only one open house (and that was on a Sunday with a foot of snow!), no ads, no flyers on the for sale sign, no contact with buyer's agents, nothing. All she has done is stick a sign in front and post it on a website. If you don't drive down the street, you'd never know the house was for sale. The neighbors can't believe the house wasn't snatched up within a month.
We've tried to talk to her several times about it, but she's steadfastly refusing to do anything. She's a soccer mom kind of person - only seems to sell real estate as a hobby, not a job, so she is not very aggressive. The last time we complained, she grudgingly had the only open house and that was not advertised or promoted at all, on a very bad weather day.
I fear we're going to miss the prime house-hunting season here - Spring and early Summer. Do we have any recourse to break the listing contract and re-list with someone more aggressive?