Is it OK to interview agents about listing my house that is on the market but due to expire soon ?

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Centre Realtors

I received a call from sellers today . They have their house on the market for a year and the listing expires at the end of the month.

The sellers wanted to know if they can interview other agents before the listing expires or should they wait .

I do not know about laws in other states but in Pa there is nothing in the standard listing  listing contract appoved by PAR  that stops sellers from interviewing other agents. They cannot sign a new listing contract till the listing expires or they get a release from previous agent.

 They can  sign it, it should be effective after the contract expires.

Sellers should read their listing contract and see what it says or consult an attorney if they do not understand.

If they start interviewing agents , marketing time will not be lost. They can make up their minds by time it expires.

Agents should not call sellers when the house is listed. They should wait till it expires but sellers can contact agents.

 

 

 

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Gita Bantwal is a Realtor with RE/MAX Centre Realtors in Bucks County, a Northern suburb of Philadelphia. You can view 1000s of listings on her web site www.GitaBantwal.com

 

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Cindy Jones
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As long as the seller reaches out to us first then we can discuss and even sign a listing agreement dated for when the current one expires.  What we can't do, of course is go behind the sign to try and solicit the business away from the current brokerage.

August 23, 2012 04:39 AM
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Ginny, Thank you for the comments.

Dorie, My sellers always call me when they receive promotions  from other agents in the mail.

 

August 23, 2012 05:12 AM
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Mary, I agree they can contact us.

Valerie, They usually look for a new agent when contract is about to expire.

Cindy, Yes they should make it effective after contract expires.

 

August 23, 2012 05:41 AM
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Carol-Ann Palmieri
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Hi Gita.   I know that sellers do not want a lag time and lose days off the market and they certainly have the right to make those calls and interview for a new agent.    I personally appreciate the call and of course would not turn down an opportunity, but do feel a bit awkward making a presentation while a home is listed.   Just me.

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Ann, I feel the same way and actually lost an opportunity because of it.

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