What Happens When Your Real Estate Agreement Expires?

If your home has been on the market for a while and you haven’t been able to sell it, you’re bound to start checking your paperwork to see when your contract with your real estate agent is up. And you’re probably also wondering just what happens when your real estate agreement does, in fact, expire.

Here’s the deal—and how to handle the situation once a real estate listing and contract have reached their end.

What happens when a real estate listing expires?

First, let’s talk about what it means to have an expired listing.

When you sign a contract with a real estate agent to advertise your home as for sale, that contract will include an expiration date—usually one that’s three to six months in the future. When you hit the end of that time frame, the real estate agreement has expired, and your listing will be removed from the multiple listing service—also called the MLS—and platforms like realtor.com®. And that means buyers can’t buy it off these platforms, either.

“‘Expired’ means your home is off the market,” explains Mary Beth Sales, a real estate agent in Beverly Hills, CA.


But that’s not all: An expired real estate

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