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if the purchase agreement expires, can we contact the seller directly?

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May 26 2012 - Aptos
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Sure. As others have pointed out, it won't relieve the seller of their brokerage obligations, and the seller may deflect you to their agent, but you're not bound by any agreement not to contact he seller directly.

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May 27 2012
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There is nothing ever stopping you from contacting the seller directly. However, as others have alluded to...

If the seller was represented by a listing agent, there is likely a "listing agreement" in place. While the listing agreement may-or-may-not have also expired, there is typically language to the effect that the listing agent is owed a commission if the seller subsequently sells to a buyer who was shown the house while it was under the listing agreement. There is typically a time frame associated (my experience is 6-12 months).

If you were represented by a buying agent, there may be a similar clause in any representation agreement you may have signed.

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May 27 2012

You should check the agreement carefully, there are situations under which an agent may be owed commission even after the listing agreement is expired. One should look at it from another view point also,  If an agent did a good work then shouldn't they be compensated.

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May 27 2012
If the purchase agreement expired, someone is in default. Be careful, you may be financially liable if you did not perform on the contractual obligations.
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May 26 2012
If you looked at the home with a realtor when it was listed you or the seller could still be responsible for paying a commission.
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What would you like to ask the seller?   If you are proposing contacting the seller to see if the two of you can work out a deal without agents, please be aware that most likely the seller is in contract with their agent so that commissions would still be owed.

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