JSHAW wrote:So if you decide to not sell your house and take it off the market, would that be enough to get you out of your contract with him?
Take it off the market, wait a month or two, then find yourself another broker. Like you said check your contract to see under what
conditions you can get out of the contract.
That would be a good idea except for timing. School starts Monday, and one of the biggest, if not the biggest draw of our house is the school zone we are in. And based on last year, at least, the post September real estate market around here is SLOW to non-existent.
So I pulled the contract, and it's for a 6 month period, so 3 months remaining more or lese (plus that 6 months addtl rider/clause that was mentioned above)
I think he would agree if I asked him to dissolve in a calm, adult manner (as opposed to my normal sarcastic/joking approach to uncomfortable situations). He's not an asshole, just...incompetent perhaps.
My wife disagrees that we should do this. I already decided not to use another agent that we used for a month or so to look at a few houses, but never signed with her (primarily because I had no confidence in her, she was new to area, and ultimately, didn't respond to several of my emails when we were ready to sell the house). So my wife thinks we should consider that we (read "me") are being difficult, though she agrees with me that current guy is the suck.
Add to that the fact that I was extremely unhappy with the way our agent we used to buy our current house handled the negotiations, and closing, and of course a reasonable person would start to suspect that THEY are the asshat, not the agents. After that first agent experience though, I did not want to go through that again, so I am probably a little extra sensitive on the topic.
Should I offer some kind of token fee for his time spent to date? I wonder how much would be high enough not to come across as an insult. He has done one open house, and showed us maybe...5 different houses so far, so he hasn't spent a WHOLE lot of time with us.
"Look this has gotta be some kind of mistake. Our daughter is tiny, there's no way she assaulted anyone. Insulted maybe. Was the cop wearing white socks and dark shoes? Because that really sets her off."