I have a house on the market - it’s been on the market for over 5 months.
Our realtor is on my list of least favorite people I’ve ever met. He is an independant agent who appears to have very little experience. The only reason we listed with him is because he was the agent who sold the house we just bought. There was an equivalent offer on the table, and we knew that he would tell the sellers to take our offer if he knew he would get to list our house. (he even admitted this to me, only half jokingly)
At the time we listed our house, the market was still going fairly strong. It’s a starter house, and starter houses in our school district tended to be snatched up like hotcakes (average 2-3 months on the market). We figured we didn’t need too much help selling it, so we went ahead and listed with the guy. Then the market got nasty and now nothing is moving. We’ve dropped the price twice.
According to the neighbors we get people looking at it outside almost weekly, but only a few people have gone through it via the lockbox. Our realtor has gotten no calls on it.
The realtor has done all the typical realtor things - it’s on the multi list. We’ve held several open houses, all of which were advertised in the paper with photo adverts. There were the agent-only open houses during the weekdays when it was newly listed. I’ve put it on Craigslist (in fact that’s where several of our viewing appointments came from).
In a couple of weeks we will be past the 180 days that our realtor contract specifies is the minimum amount of time we have to work with him. I’m trying to decide if we should drop him. If so, what would our monetary obligation be, if any? Do we have to pay for the ads? If we do drop him, should we try to sell by owner or get another agent from a larger, better connected agency? I’ve contacted a company that buys, inproves, and resells houses. Of course they can’t look at it until we end our contract or they’ve got to pay the realtor his commission, but they estimate that we might *just * squeak by (close out both mortgages on the property but make no money), assuming they will buy it at all. (they have to have enough of a margin to make it worth their while)
All I know is that we can’t swing this two mortgage thing much longer, and I’m afraid of doing something really financially stupid. Any advice from the real estate savvy?