Sellers say Realtor invaded their privacy

Agent accused of 'distasteful' marketing activities

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DEAR BENNY: We contracted with a well-known Realtor to sell our home. After the fully executed sales contract was signed, we asked the agent to remove the lawn sign, which we found embarrassing and distasteful. She refused. Additionally, she sent a mass mailing with our home address, which contained interior pictures, describing her great success in selling the home. This mass mailing was sent despite our still living in the home. What can be done to prevent these Realtors who behave as if the property belongs to them? –M.

DEAR M.: When you decided to use this agent to assist you in the sale of your house, you signed a document known as a "listing agreement." Go back and read it carefully. Did it contain any language authorizing the activities of your agent?