Can I switch realtors at any time without any repercussions?

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Can I switch realtors at any time without any repercussions?

I would like to change realtors to one that has more experience in real estate

and in the area in which I live. I cannot grasp all of what the listing agreement says. How do I know if there are any penalties?

Asked on June 20, 2018 under Real Estate Law, Colorado


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

If the contract or listing agreement was for some specified time (such as a six-month agreement), you can't switch realtors until that period of time is up--or more accurantely, you can switch, but you will owe both of the realtors a commission, since you will be contractually obligated to both to pay them. Once you hire a realtor, you are obligated to use/pay them for the full duration or length of the contract, unless they 1) committed fraud (or lied about something important to get you sign up with them) or 2) breached or violated the contract in some important way.

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