Whether you can take your home off the market depends largely on the details of your list contract. If you and your realtor and your brokers write you agree to terminate the contract prematurely, you can withdraw the home from the market without paying commission to the realtor. If you want to terminate your contract prematurely because you want to work with another real estate agent, there could be consequences. For example, if you work with another real estate agent and sell your property, your first real estate agent might say that commissions must be paid because the brokerage company has not agreed to exempt you from the obligations of your contract. You could be on two brokers because of the commission. It is difficult for a seller to get out of a contract with his broker, to switch to an agent who charges less commissions, sell to a family member or friend, and try to completely avoid commissions or renegotiate the commission with the same agent. Think carefully about why you want to terminate your agreement prematurely. If it`s because you`ve really changed your mind about selling, your employment situation may have changed, be open and in advance with your real estate professional. You won`t be the first seller to have a change of heart or financial situation, but your realtor doesn`t have to release you from your contract. On the other hand, if the real estate agent agrees to terminate your list contract, you will be out of your contract. Most housing listing contracts are a bilateral contract, i.e. both the broker and the seller must do so. The first step in terminating a list contract is to determine the reasons for the termination.

This may be due to a lack of good communication. For example, your agent may not provide the updates you need. It could also be a lack of good chemistry. At the other end of the spectrum, there is unethical behaviour. Check to see if any of these reasons apply to your situation before taking action. If you decide to put your home back on the market during the contract period, you will continue to be subject to the terms of your initial offer. Work with a local agent, do your research before you sign something. Choose the right agent from the door and you can avoid terminating the list contract. There are two types of exclusive list agreements. Exclusive right-to-sale agreements compensate a list agent with a commission, regardless of how the buyer was found. Exclusive agency agreements refuse to compensate the broker if the seller is the one who ends up finding a buyer on his own. Depending on the specific terms of your list contract, intermediation is generally not required to exempt you from your offer prematurely, before the originally agreed expiry date.

There are three sure ways to terminate a listing contract under real estate law: death, madness or bankruptcy of the broker or seller.