Zillow Advice: Home Buying - If Liked the condo, but not the fact my agent told a hidden comission after showing the condo?? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/If-Liked-the-condo-but-not-the-fact-my-agent-told-a-hidden-comission-after-showing-the-condo/397750/ Zillow Advice | Zillow Real Estate First of all, any agent who ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/If-Liked-the-condo-but-not-the-fact-my-agent-told-a-hidden-comission-after-showing-the-condo/397750/ First of all, any agent who is not upfront about a fee--including transaction fees that many real estate offices charge and fail to disclose until the buyer finds a home/condo--is not an agent that you want to work with. Different states have different ideas about what constitutes procuring cause. If you do not have a written document obligating you to pay a fee or commission to the agent then it is not likely going to be a concern for you. Wed, 10 Aug 2011 00:25:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/If-Liked-the-condo-but-not-the-fact-my-agent-told-a-hidden-comission-after-showing-the-condo/397750/ 2011-08-10T00:25:00Z There is a reasonable chance ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/If-Liked-the-condo-but-not-the-fact-my-agent-told-a-hidden-comission-after-showing-the-condo/397750/ There is a reasonable chance you can be sued by the original agent if he/she claims procuring cause of the sale.&nbsp; Also the selling agent could also be sued for&nbsp; likewise if you go through another agent.&nbsp; Not that this is good business practice, but you should be alert to this.&nbsp; Sat, 06 Aug 2011 18:47:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/If-Liked-the-condo-but-not-the-fact-my-agent-told-a-hidden-comission-after-showing-the-condo/397750/ 2011-08-06T18:47:00Z Without upfront disclosure ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/If-Liked-the-condo-but-not-the-fact-my-agent-told-a-hidden-comission-after-showing-the-condo/397750/ Without upfront disclosure and no written agreement, the agent has created&nbsp;a non-agency.&nbsp; Since the agent revealed the fee after the showing and only when the possibility of submitting an offer, the agent has in fact created a situation that&nbsp;hinders your attempt to make an offer.&nbsp; As such, the agent is "not" acting as your agent, but, their own.&nbsp; You would have no obligation to them. Fri, 17 Jun 2011 00:58:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/If-Liked-the-condo-but-not-the-fact-my-agent-told-a-hidden-comission-after-showing-the-condo/397750/ 2011-06-17T00:58:00Z While this type of upfront ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/If-Liked-the-condo-but-not-the-fact-my-agent-told-a-hidden-comission-after-showing-the-condo/397750/ While this type of upfront fee would never work or be customary in my state, that is not to say it is a scam. &nbsp;It could very well be a scam also, not sure. &nbsp;The point is to perform your due diligence and contact the agent's broker directly. &nbsp;By him showing you that condo, it could have created an agency relationship that could cause some procuring cause of legal issues. Fri, 10 Jun 2011 19:00:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/If-Liked-the-condo-but-not-the-fact-my-agent-told-a-hidden-comission-after-showing-the-condo/397750/ 2011-06-10T19:00:00Z Many "Buyers Broker agreements" ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/If-Liked-the-condo-but-not-the-fact-my-agent-told-a-hidden-comission-after-showing-the-condo/397750/ Many "Buyers Broker agreements" reference a retainer fee, I always $0.00 my out, could this have been what the agent was referring to? Tue, 17 May 2011 00:46:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/If-Liked-the-condo-but-not-the-fact-my-agent-told-a-hidden-comission-after-showing-the-condo/397750/ 2011-05-17T00:46:00Z I recommend using another ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/If-Liked-the-condo-but-not-the-fact-my-agent-told-a-hidden-comission-after-showing-the-condo/397750/ I recommend using another agent but make&nbsp;&nbsp;sure you&nbsp;revoke your previous agency relationship (signed by the brokers),&nbsp;in case you want to buy one of the units you were shown.&nbsp; This is&nbsp;to avoid a&nbsp;procurring cause if you decide to buy one of those units.&nbsp; Tue, 17 May 2011 00:04:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/If-Liked-the-condo-but-not-the-fact-my-agent-told-a-hidden-comission-after-showing-the-condo/397750/ 2011-05-17T00:04:00Z I would run away as fast ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/If-Liked-the-condo-but-not-the-fact-my-agent-told-a-hidden-comission-after-showing-the-condo/397750/ I would run away as fast as I can. Get another agent thats going to work for your interests. Sun, 08 May 2011 19:37:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/If-Liked-the-condo-but-not-the-fact-my-agent-told-a-hidden-comission-after-showing-the-condo/397750/ 2011-05-08T19:37:00Z I'm glad to see at least ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/If-Liked-the-condo-but-not-the-fact-my-agent-told-a-hidden-comission-after-showing-the-condo/397750/ I'm glad to see at least a couple of agents support that unusual fees need to be disclosed upfront.&nbsp;&nbsp; Doesn't NAR have a code of ethics?&nbsp;&nbsp; I would think disclosing unusual fees would be part of this code of ethics. Sat, 07 May 2011 19:43:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/If-Liked-the-condo-but-not-the-fact-my-agent-told-a-hidden-comission-after-showing-the-condo/397750/ 2011-05-07T19:43:00Z The agent who showed you ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/If-Liked-the-condo-but-not-the-fact-my-agent-told-a-hidden-comission-after-showing-the-condo/397750/ The agent who showed you this condo can ask to be compensated.&nbsp; They brought you into the unit and at that time were working with you as their client whether you signed anything or not.&nbsp; Chances are you won't buy that unit but if so they may site, 'procurring cause'.&nbsp; This means the agent who was the 'effort that brings about the result' shall receive commission.&nbsp; Good luck in your home purchase! Sat, 07 May 2011 19:39:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/If-Liked-the-condo-but-not-the-fact-my-agent-told-a-hidden-comission-after-showing-the-condo/397750/ 2011-05-07T19:39:00Z RUN!&nbsp; DO NOT WORK WITH ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/If-Liked-the-condo-but-not-the-fact-my-agent-told-a-hidden-comission-after-showing-the-condo/397750/ RUN!&nbsp; DO NOT WORK WITH THAT AGENT!&nbsp; I have never heard of this and would not as a buyer pay the agent's commission.<br/><br/>If you need a referral for a quality, full time one in your area, simply give me a shout.<br/><br/>Good luck, hope this helps. Thu, 05 May 2011 22:54:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/If-Liked-the-condo-but-not-the-fact-my-agent-told-a-hidden-comission-after-showing-the-condo/397750/ 2011-05-05T22:54:00Z