Can you ask a realtor for a discount after signing a listing contract?

Question Details: We recently sold our house. When we were ready to put it on the market, we had a realtor come over and let us know what we needed to do to get it ready. We signed a contract with them that it would go on the market on a certain date. Shortly after that meeting, someone found out we were selling and they wanted to look at it. A few weeks later they put a contract on the house. It sold before it was "officially" on the market. Since this was the case, the realtor did not incur most of the usual fees that they would have such as the cost of hiring a photographer to take pictures and the cost of advertising the listing. Is it proper to ask for a discount, since some of what we paid for them to do never happened?

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Answer(s) provided above are for general information only. The attorney providing the answer was not serving as the attorney for the person submitting the question or in any attorney-client relationship with such person. Laws may vary from state to state, and sometimes change. Tiny variations in the facts, or a fact not set forth in a question, often can change a legal outcome or an attorney's conclusion. Although AttorneyPages.com has verified the attorney was admitted to practice law in at least one jurisdiction, he or she may not be authorized to practice law in the jurisdiction referred to in the question, nor is he or she necessarily experienced in the area of the law involved. Unlike the information in the Answer(s) above, upon which you should NOT rely, for personal advice you can rely upon we suggest you go to AttorneyPages.com and retain an attorney to represent you.