I live in CA and have 50 acres of farmland in IA that I want to sell as commercial land. I have had a verbal agreement with a real estate
agent there (who was a high-school friend) to sell my property. This was nine years ago--and although we communicate about 4 times a year--no offers were ever forthcoming.
In 2010 the business next to my property contacted me by phone to ask if I'd be willing to sell them a few acres. They were surprised to learn that it had been for sale for a number of years, as there was no local record of it. I told them to call my real estate agent (there are only 3 in this small farming community), and she concluded the sale for me and had me sign a contract with her after the fact!
She has a website, but my property has not been on it for the last two years that I've known the website to exist. Other farms, bare ground, and commercial properties
etc. are listed--but not my property.
She has mentioned several times that her son would be interested in renting or buying the ground for farming, but of course that doesn't bring much money.
I have been searching regional and national websites for farmland real estate and have found a fairly local company and would like to go with them.
Do I need to somehow "fire" my so-called agent before I sign with someone else? Is there a form? should I write a letter and have it notarized and sent by return signature?
Thanks very much for your help!