DEAR BOB: What recourse does a home seller have against a "deadbeat real estate agent"? Knowing we are in a buyer's market, I signed a listing with a high-profile realty agent professing to have great marketing skills and a fabulous sales record. What I wound up with was an agent who put up the for-sale sign, listed my home on the MLS (multiple listing service), and then disappeared. No communication, no updates about marketing, and more important, no showings. Can I cancel the listing contract with no penalty and list with another more competent agent? --Suzanne Z. DEAR SUZANNE: Your report is shocking. It sounds like you listed your home with a "numbers agent" who takes lots of listings, knowing only some of them will sell. Purchase Bob Bruss reports online. Before giving up on your list...
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