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Editor's note: Robert Bruss is temporarily away. The following column from Bruss' "Best of" collection first appeared Sunday, March 26, 2006. DEAR BOB: I signed a contract with a real estate agent for a four-month listing to sell my home. But he has not done much. I decided not to sell my home; but is there any other way to get out of this listing contract legally and hire a better agent? --Vincent N. DEAR VINCENT: Presuming you signed a four-month exclusive right-to-sell listing, the listing agent has a fiduciary duty to you to use "due diligence" to get your home sold according to the listing terms. Purchase Bob Bruss reports online. That means the listing agent must do at least what is normal and customary, such as placing your listing in the local MLS (multiple listing se...