My sister is in contract with a realtor in Long Island, New York to sell my parent's house. This guy does nothing...doesn't call her to set up appointments to show the house, rarely answers her calls, refused to help negotiate the one deal that did come in, which we lost because he never called with the buyer's counter offer so the buyer got fed up (thinking that we weren't responding) and went and bought a different property.
We didn't even know the buyer was still interested or that there even was another counter offer on the table! While not what we wanted, we would have taken the offer to get my Dad out. His heath is very bad and he refuses to leave the house until it's sold. We fear that his continuing to fix it up to get offers will kill him...it's already landed him in the hospital twice.
So, basically, this jerk lost us the only offer we've gotten in months. What I need advice on is what can we legally do to get out of this con artist's contract? We have heavy suspicions, because of his actions and the fact that he gets a special commission if he brings in his own buyer, that he's trying to force the price down further so he can bring in a flipper partner to buy it for a steal. The house is already priced lower than any other in the area.
Do we start with filing a complaint about, what I believe is essentially HIS breach of the contract...not calling us, not showing the house, not helping negotiate, not informing us of the offer, etc? And if so, where do we file it?
We can't afford to hire a lawyer to help us with this and folks must get out of contracts from incompetent or unscrupulous realtors...so how do we? I truly appreciate any advice on legally getting out of this contract as soon as possible and apologize for the length of this Q.