Q: Can my broker dump my listing without notice? I found out my house was off the market by looking online. I was never notified by the broker. Is this a violation of ethics code?
A: When you hired the broker, you signed a listing agreement. Go back to the document and see what the time limit was for the listing. Sometimes listing agreements last for a year, but others have a shorter term. Let’s say your listing agreement was for a six-month term. At the end of the six months, the listing would end and the broker would have the right to take down the listing.
That said, it’s quite clear that you and your listing agent didn’t have a good working relationship. If you had, the listing agent would have kept you up-to-date on what was going on with your listing, would have suggested changes to the listing, may have suggested price changes, and would have told you about showings or interest potential buyers had with your home. You didn’t mention any of these items so we doubt that the communication between the two of you was going well.
While we get that you’re disappointed by both not selling the property and the way the broker handled it at the end, it seems like wasted energy to report the listing agent now.
Why not move on and find a listing agent you can work with to get your home sold? If you're intent on going after the listing agent, you'll probably have to see a real estate attorney to review the documentation you have and see if the agent did anything wrong (legally vs. morally or ethically). However, you haven't given us any reason to believe that the agent did something wrong other than not communicate with you about taking down the listing.
By Ilyce Glink and Samuel J. Tamkin