Posted by Scott (ATL) on September 09, 2003 at 22:35:23:
Ah, I’m not playing games with the Realtor. He hasn’t asked nor have I advertised that “agents are protected”. He contacted me and I’m not trying to short anyone. If the buyer he has is legit and we come to an agreement I’m more than happy to make sure he gets paid. Either the buyer can pay him directly or we work out a higher upfront payment to cover a commission. All my conversation with him has been via email and his client has driven by the property and wants to know more.
My issue is should I bring up the commission since the Realtor hasn’t? I will have everyone meet me at the same time regardless and if he and his buyer want to come they’ll get the same treatment as I give anyone else. Plus, he is truly a great buyers agent since he found me and he is the only agent that has contacted me. I have no beef with that just that I haven’t set an expectation and I’m looking for opinions on whether I should be responsible for this and maybe how others have handled Realtor calls with potential buyers.
It appears that you’re of the opinion that I should set the expectation and even get an agreement upfront. I believe the onus is really on the Realtor. After all he is the one that needs to get paid for his time and bring a deal to the table. I?ve provided him everything he?s asked for and commission hasn?t been a question from him.