Zillow Advice: Buying Process - Is it illegal to contact the seller of a property directly? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-it-illegal-to-contact-the-seller-of-a-property-directly/427807/ Zillow Advice | Zillow Real Estate Over a year old question... ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-it-illegal-to-contact-the-seller-of-a-property-directly/427807/ Over a year old question... too late on the particular house in question...<br/>(Agents should be more careful in their reading, and chosen sorting/filtering).<br/> Wed, 08 May 2013 03:48:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-it-illegal-to-contact-the-seller-of-a-property-directly/427807/ 2013-05-08T03:48:00Z It's not illegal for you ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-it-illegal-to-contact-the-seller-of-a-property-directly/427807/ It's not illegal for you to do it but contacting the seller directly in a situation such as this is definitely not the way to go. You may even end up alienating the seller.<br/><br/>Getting a written offer to the listing agent asap is the way to go. In my state a deal is not complete until all parties have signed the offer and it has been delivered to them as well.&nbsp;<br/><br/>I once had clients that wanted to put in an offer on a property. We wrote it up and I called the listing agent. She told me that there was an offer and that the sellers had verbally accepted it. When I asked if it was signed she said no. The listing agent was aware of the law and knew she had to present my offer to the sellers since the had not signed the other offer. Long story short, my clients got the house! Wed, 08 May 2013 02:35:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-it-illegal-to-contact-the-seller-of-a-property-directly/427807/ 2013-05-08T02:35:00Z It's not illegal to contact ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-it-illegal-to-contact-the-seller-of-a-property-directly/427807/ It's not illegal to contact the seller. &nbsp;Generally your agent contacts the seller's agent. &nbsp;Have your agent submit an offer. &nbsp;It is possible that your offer may be more attractive, but the seller will not know unless the offer is presented. &nbsp;Utilize your agent to determine what would be a strong offer. Wed, 08 May 2013 00:21:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-it-illegal-to-contact-the-seller-of-a-property-directly/427807/ 2013-05-08T00:21:00Z Tell your agent you really ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-it-illegal-to-contact-the-seller-of-a-property-directly/427807/ Tell your agent you really want the house, bid the highest price your willing to pay for the home, and have the agent present the offer ASAP. I would never recommend anyone get into this situation as over paying is certain but if you really want the house thats what you have to do! Sun, 29 Jan 2012 06:58:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-it-illegal-to-contact-the-seller-of-a-property-directly/427807/ 2012-01-29T06:58:00Z Ask your agent to submit ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-it-illegal-to-contact-the-seller-of-a-property-directly/427807/ Ask your agent to submit your offer ASAP. These contracts provide "outs" on both sides, and even though they may have one signed around, seeing a solid strong back up offer of a higher amount might just incline them to let the previous offer slip away should the opportunity present itself.<br/>Working the system as it is set up, thru your agent, is more aboveboard and professional than what the seller might constrew as sleazy back door dealings in word of mouth "empty" talk of a strange voice over the phone.<br/>Let your agent present your best shot offer and see what happens. Sat, 14 Jan 2012 00:01:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-it-illegal-to-contact-the-seller-of-a-property-directly/427807/ 2012-01-14T00:01:00Z not illegal but there are ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-it-illegal-to-contact-the-seller-of-a-property-directly/427807/ not illegal but there are ethical issues...best of luck...personally I would work with your current broker as best you can to get a bcak up offer... Fri, 13 Jan 2012 22:00:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-it-illegal-to-contact-the-seller-of-a-property-directly/427807/ 2012-01-13T22:00:00Z Depends if you have a buyer's ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-it-illegal-to-contact-the-seller-of-a-property-directly/427807/ Depends if you have a buyer's agreement with your agent.&nbsp; If not then talk away.&nbsp; However I believe your agent will save you more time and money from their experience in the long run.&nbsp; That is unless you're an experienced investor.&nbsp; Thu, 12 Jan 2012 18:59:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-it-illegal-to-contact-the-seller-of-a-property-directly/427807/ 2012-01-12T18:59:00Z Just make sure that you don't ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-it-illegal-to-contact-the-seller-of-a-property-directly/427807/ Just make sure that you don't violate proxemic laws which state you mustn't violate personal distance. So don't get any closer than 18 inches to the seller's face or you risk jeopardizing the sale. And if you want to maintain more formality, well that will set you back to the four foot line. Consider a negotiation between the two spaces for maximal productivity.<br/><br/>And don't forget to wear something appropriate to the seller's tastes, which will take more research than a disclosure perusal.<br/><br/>Best of luck. Thu, 12 Jan 2012 18:35:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-it-illegal-to-contact-the-seller-of-a-property-directly/427807/ 2012-01-12T18:35:00Z Always instruct you agent ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-it-illegal-to-contact-the-seller-of-a-property-directly/427807/ Always instruct you agent to write the offer in this case, if you have any question in your mind about, "what if"&nbsp;and insist on a written responce. If your not working with an agent, I would call the owners and ask if you could put an offer in and if they would give you X amount of time to do it in,&nbsp;than find an agent and get on the table! Tue, 10 Jan 2012 23:01:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-it-illegal-to-contact-the-seller-of-a-property-directly/427807/ 2012-01-10T23:01:00Z It is not illegal to contact ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-it-illegal-to-contact-the-seller-of-a-property-directly/427807/ It is not illegal to contact the seller directly, however you agent should be able to write up an offer for your Highest and Best price and submit to the <a href="http://www.zillow.com/directory/real-estate-agents-sellers-agent/">listing agent</a> to present to the sellers. Your agent represents you, and your best interests. The listing agent represents the sellers and has a fiduciary responsibility to their clients, and should be submitting all offers for consideration. Your agent is there to negotiate on your behalf, and works for YOU. :) I say ask your agent to draw up the contract, and submit away!&nbsp; Fri, 06 Jan 2012 21:41:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-it-illegal-to-contact-the-seller-of-a-property-directly/427807/ 2012-01-06T21:41:00Z