I am writing on behalf of myself and the other 85 agents in the Woodland Hills office of Fred Sands Realtors.
I take great exception to Robert L. Bruss' advice to sellers to only give a listing to a realtor for 30 days. As if this is not poor enough advice, admonition to sellers to "be sure the listing agent agrees in writing to allow the seller to cancel the listing at any time without cause and without cost" (Jan. 14), is nothing short of outrageous!
I am hard-working, professional realtor-associate whose listings and sales come mainly as the result of personal referrals. It is not difficult to check the references of the agent with whom you wish to list your house. A listing contract is a contract of employment. What contract of employment may be terminated at a moment's notice?
All of my listings are vigorously marketed and no expense is spared to promote them. It would not be unusual for myself and my company to spend $4,000 to $5,000 to promote each listing.