Posted by JohnBoy on March 30, 2002 at 18:49:14:
The way the post is written it’s not clear as to what happened here. But from the way I read it it sounds as if she did go through the agent to first present the offer and the agent came back saying they weren’t really interested in a L/O. She also stated she caught the agent in two small lies she had told the sellers so that would appear she had to of been involved with the offer some how. But that is why I usually never get involved when an agent is already involved because it always complicates things and messes up a deal.
But even if the agent doesn’t present an offer, it could be just that they are being a jerk about it or they may have been told by the seller not to bother presenting certain offers. If a seller instructs them not to present certain offers then they are doing their job and they don’t have to present the offer.
If an agent isn’t doing their job and refuses to present an offer then by all means go directly to the seller, but the seller will still be liable for the commission if the buyer buys the property. It would be between the seller and the agent to battle it out whether they are entitled to their commission and would have go to court over it, but that just complicates things more and can end up being a deal killer.
Bottom line, find a good agent that will work with you or don’t get involved with them trying to do creative deals because in most cases they will complicate things and end up killing the deal in the end. It may not be right but that’s just pretty much the way it is!