What to do regarding re-listing my home and a previous listing agreement?
Question Details: I have a listing agreement with a realtor. The agreement ends in just over 2 months. To say I have not been pleased with this realtor would be an understatement. I have now asked her to remove the house from MLS and she has obliged. I would like to list and sell my house on my own using Zillow after the listing agreement expires. The contract states, "The above compensation shall be paid to the broker in the event that the Owner enters into a contract of sale to sell the property or actually sells the property within a period of 180 days after the termination of the agreement. This paragraph shall not apply if the Owner has in good faith relisted the property with another broker after the expiration of this Agreement and Owner affirms there are no current negotiations on the property". Does this mean that I am compelled to list with another broker or I will need to pay the current realtor a commission regardless if I sell my house on my own to someone who did not see it before?
The language you quote would require you to pay the current realtor a commission if you sell the house on your own, without a realtor, within 180 days of the commission agreement ending. You can only sell without paying the commission to the current realtor within that 180-day window if you relist with a new realtor.