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Nesbitt Realty lists and sells property in Northern Virginia.

Take the example of an imaginary agent name Charles Valiant of Imaginary Realty. Charles’ client Dana Tennett wants to sell her house. So Dana approaches Charles. Dana signs a 90 day exclusive listing to sell her home. A week later, Charles decides to “chuck” it all. He moves to Japan and puts his license on inactive status.

What happens to Dana’s listing? Does it just become an open listing because the agent is gone? Is the listing voidable on the grounds of abandonment? Does the listing remain in effect? Or, is the listing automatically terminated because Charles quit?

A listing agreement is between a broker and a seller, not between an agent and seller. Therefore, Dana listed her property with Imaginary Realty and not with Charles. The listing remains in effect and unchanged. The broker at Imaginary Realty should assign an agent or meet with Dana to select the best agent for the job.

For more information or to set up an appointment call Nesbitt Realty at (703)765-0300.
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Will Nesbitt

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Will is the principal broker of Nesbitt Realty and Condo Alexandria. He is licensed in anywhere in the Commonwealth of Virginia, but focuses on those communities found in and around Alexandria, Arlington, Mount Vernon and Springfield/Franconia. Will has been involved in real estate management, sales and investment for more than twenty years. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army. While in the army, he studied Russian at Monterey's Defense Language Institute. He is also a "veteran of the dotcom wars" and built most of the sites associated with NesbittRealty.com Will currently resides in Belle Haven Estates just outside Old Town, overlooking New Alexandria. He is a former president of the Mount Vernon Youth Athletic Association and founded the Alexandria Fun with Friends Group. Will is the author of BattlestorM, a tabletop fantasy game, which was published by Ral Partha Publishing in the late '90's, and Arthur's Realm, a boardgame available at the Gamecrafter.