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How long is it normal for a listing contract to be valid?

Q: How long is it normal for a listing contract to be valid? My realtor tells me that I have to wait six months before I can cancel it. I also have to sell it if he brings me a full price offer, but we want to raise the price. Is that right?

A: It is valid for the period you have signed it for. A listing agreement is an agency agreement. However, I would never give my realtor six months. I would suggest 60 days for a normal residential property. (You want it on MLS and the minimum time right now is 60 days). You can always renew your listing contract, provided you have received the service you were promised. If a realtor brings you a full price offer, you may be liable to pay the commission but you do not have to accept a full price offer. You can certainly raise the asking price at any time. You can also cancel your agreement at any time; but again, you might be liable to pay a commission if you end up selling it during the listing period.

Last week follow-up:

Thanks for the follow-up questions on taking money out of your RRSP.

1. Here are some guidelines about using RRSP cash money to invest in a private Canadian company:

http: //thetaxissue. com/2011/01/25/whats-yourtax-issue-using-rrsp-funds-forprivate-company-investment/

2. Read a government circular on guidelines that govern qualifications for being a first-time buyer that allow you to take up to $25,000 out of your RRSP (you have to pay it back):

http: // ndvdls/tpcs/rrsp-reer/hbp-rap/ menu-eng.html

Ozzie Jurock is a senior real estate adviser at He can be reached at

About Ozzie Jurock

OZZIE JUROCK (FRI) is the author of Forget About Location, Location, Location. Ozzie Jurock is also president of Jurock Publishing Ltd. Peter C. Newman in his book Titans called him a Real Estate Guru. Vancouver Magazine called him one of the 45 brightest people in Vancouver. Ozzie Jurock appears every 2nd Wednesday on Global TV News Hour. He also authored the book: Forget About Location, Location, Location and has written hundreds of published real estate articles in the Vancouver Sun, Business in Vancouver, the Globe and Mail, the Western Investor and dozens of magazines. (List of published articles.) Several thousand people have subscribed to his monthly and weekly newsletters Jurock Real Estate Insider and Jurock's Facts by Email.

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