Last week we got a call from a potential buyer asking if we could show them one of our listings. We made the appointment and showed them the property this morning. They love the home! After speaking with them for a few minutes, I said: "If you would like to make an offer, let me know and I'll write it up."
One of the potential buyers responded: "We have a friend who's a realtor, so we'll write the contract with him."
I explained to them that their friend would not be due a commission since they contacted the listing agent directly to show them the house. They told me that they will contact me if they want to write the offer.
What if you have a friend or a relative who's a realtor (let's call her Sally) and you want her to earn a commission on a property that you want to buy or rent? The first thing you need to know is not to contact the listing agent directly. Once you do that, you give the listing agent procuring cause and the listing agent therefore earns the commission, not your friend. Secondly, you will need to have Sally contact the listing agent to schedule an appointment where Sally will show you the property.
This way Sally will actually earn the commission that is due. Furthermore, if you trust Sally enough to write the offer, let her do her due diligence so that she can rightfully earn a commission.
~ Wayne & Jean
Union County, NJ - a great place to live and work!
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