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Can the seller and buyer go behind the Realtors back cut them out? What is stopping the seller from canceling the Realtor contract and listing on “For Sale By Owner” while shortly afterward a buyer purchases the house direct from the seller when in fact, the buyer first saw the property on the internet?

How would the Realtor prove the buyer first saw the home on the internet?

2 Thoughts on How can a seller legally cut out a Realtor?
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    November 11, 2011 at 4:42 am

    The contract with the Realtor should answer that. If the Realtor listed the property, the contract is binding.

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    dog ma
    November 11, 2011 at 5:02 am

    If the buyer saw the house during the listing period, the Realtor is owed a commission, and has every right to sue the seller to get it. There is not really any way to prove whether it was only seen on the internet, but if the buyer contacted the seller directly while the property was listed, then the seller should have referred the buyer to the Realtor who had the listing. It would be pretty easy to check time frames and intent if the real estate office does pursue it – they are not in the business of providing free advertising just to be “cut out”.

    Almost all listing agreements state that if the house is sold to a buyer who was shown the house during the listing agreement time period, then a commission is due, unless the property was re listed with another company.

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