Zillow Advice: Home Buying - My agent (buyer) is asking for additional commission on close http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/My-agent-buyer-is-asking-for-additional-commission-on-close/462584/ Zillow Advice | Zillow Real Estate I have had the chance to ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/My-agent-buyer-is-asking-for-additional-commission-on-close/462584/ I have had the chance to see almost every underhanded, sneaky, dishonest act in my 18 years of Real Estate.&nbsp; This one is new.&nbsp; It sounds like they did a very good job and had they just left it at that I am sure they would have helped you in the future, and your friends.&nbsp; Sounds like that 1/2% cost the agent a lot of money Mon, 01 Apr 2013 01:04:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/My-agent-buyer-is-asking-for-additional-commission-on-close/462584/ 2013-04-01T01:04:00Z I would sue that agent... ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/My-agent-buyer-is-asking-for-additional-commission-on-close/462584/ I would sue that agent... in all fairness he should have told you of the fees involved Wed, 27 Mar 2013 22:00:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/My-agent-buyer-is-asking-for-additional-commission-on-close/462584/ 2013-03-27T22:00:00Z That sounds like a waiter ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/My-agent-buyer-is-asking-for-additional-commission-on-close/462584/ That sounds like a waiter that comes running after you because they were disappointed in how much you tipped them.<br/><br/>Dumb. Dumb. Dumb. Fri, 05 Oct 2012 19:32:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/My-agent-buyer-is-asking-for-additional-commission-on-close/462584/ 2012-10-05T19:32:00Z Hi All, I don't have a way ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/My-agent-buyer-is-asking-for-additional-commission-on-close/462584/ Hi All, I don't have a way to reply to each of your comments so I will reply here.<br/><br/>First, thanks for all the advice. One thing I need to clarify is that the same day I saw the escrow statement, the agent did go over it line by line and then explain why he asked to add the commission. He said he worked a lot harder than usual, many months, nights, weekends, etc...<br/><br/>I actually went to escrow already and didn't pay the additional commission. Agent called after and said he was surprised and that it was the first time one of his clientes decided to not pay additional commission, that many times client add it voluntarily. I said I was planning to gift him in someway for all the great work advice, etc..But felt that adding that on the day before escrow was a bad move. We could have discussed it even a week ago and would be a different story. I would actually have paid it gladly. He insists he think it was not improper, and his intention was not to underhandedly throw that at me. Etc...<br/><br/>Just a bad way to end what had been a great agent/buyer&nbsp;relationship. But I don't want to be on his bad side as I might still need some help in the next days/weeks, or in the future I might need him to answer a question or provide a document.&nbsp; Fri, 05 Oct 2012 18:22:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/My-agent-buyer-is-asking-for-additional-commission-on-close/462584/ 2012-10-05T18:22:00Z If the commission is not ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/My-agent-buyer-is-asking-for-additional-commission-on-close/462584/ If the commission is not in the agreement then you do not have to pay it. I would speak with the agents broker to let them know what they are trying to pull. The agent works under the brokers license and I am sure the broker would like this type of activity.<br/> Fri, 05 Oct 2012 18:10:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/My-agent-buyer-is-asking-for-additional-commission-on-close/462584/ 2012-10-05T18:10:00Z What a slime ball... 30 years ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/My-agent-buyer-is-asking-for-additional-commission-on-close/462584/ What a slime ball... 30 years experience means 30 years of bad habits.. I hope you don't ever refer him to any of your friends.&nbsp; Fri, 05 Oct 2012 17:54:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/My-agent-buyer-is-asking-for-additional-commission-on-close/462584/ 2012-10-05T17:54:00Z Based on what has been said ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/My-agent-buyer-is-asking-for-additional-commission-on-close/462584/ Based on what has been said by the OP...<br/><br/>Honor this?...offer him something?...."depends if you are both just about the money"?...next time???<br/><br/>The way this was explained it was simply a sleezy move by the Agent imo and there is nothing to honor, shouldn't be a next time and the only offer that should be made is... gonna get the word out just what kind of BS this Agent tried to pull<br/><br/><br/>The Agent didn't explain, mention or discuss they just added more Commission and when asked/confronted tossed out BS about what they are worth..<br/>Saved the client money?..that's what every Agent tosses out is a major advantage of using an Agent so suggesting they should get a bonus for doing that seems odd to me...especially after the unprofessional behavior of the Agent<br/><br/>Is it ok to ask the Agents side..<br/>YES and the OP said they did just that when discovering the Agent had added a higher commission amount than offered by the Seller/Listing Agent without saying anything to anyone..<br/>The Agent said "he would normally get 3.5%" apparently suggesting they were doing the client a favor by only increasing their commission 0.5% to 3% when raising the amount without notification or discussion ...<br/><br/>Shouldn't "honor" anything here..in fact the best result would be this Agent was disciplined/penalized/removed from the Profession somehow for such outrageous unprofessional behavior....<br/>It's an embarrassment to any REAL Professional as explained and Real Professionals should be outraged not suggesting consumers/clients "Honor" such a sleezy business practice imo<br/><br/>The consumer/client must be wrong, not telling the whole story,&nbsp; greedy/about the money, not willing to "Honor"...yeah that's the ticket!<br/><br/><br/> Fri, 05 Oct 2012 17:15:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/My-agent-buyer-is-asking-for-additional-commission-on-close/462584/ 2012-10-05T17:15:00Z It is all about contracts. ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/My-agent-buyer-is-asking-for-additional-commission-on-close/462584/ It is all about contracts. If you do not have a contract for any other commission then he cannot ask for that and it is a bit unfortunate that he did not simply discuss this with you upfront, it sounds like you would have been open for negotiations. <br/>Nevertheless it is not correct to ask in the first place.<br/>Ultimately it is up to you to fight or honor this, maybe the solution is in the middle, he saved you considerate amounts of money, offer him something and ask him that next time, if there is one, you want to know upfront...<br/>It really depends if you are both just about the money or you feel his services might have been worth it. Is it ok to ask from his side? No. Fri, 05 Oct 2012 16:28:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/My-agent-buyer-is-asking-for-additional-commission-on-close/462584/ 2012-10-05T16:28:00Z Tell your agent to stuff ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/My-agent-buyer-is-asking-for-additional-commission-on-close/462584/ Tell your agent to stuff it. The answer to his guilt commission is no. Maybe the bonus to throw him is the line the industry loves---educate him that agents work for buyers for free. Fri, 05 Oct 2012 16:12:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/My-agent-buyer-is-asking-for-additional-commission-on-close/462584/ 2012-10-05T16:12:00Z From the OP's post the situation ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/My-agent-buyer-is-asking-for-additional-commission-on-close/462584/ From the OP's post the situation was/is<br/><br/>"We don't have an agreement on minimum commission and I never thought I would have to pay it"<br/><br/>And the way they learned the Agent was TAKING/EXPECTING/WANTED more WAS NOT BECAUSE THE AGENT TOLD THEM BUT BECAUSE<br/><br/> "I got the escrow statement summary and had 0.5% incremental commission for my broker (buyer)."<br/><br/>THEN the Agent responded when asked<br/><br/>"he usually gets 3.5%, that the statement should actually have 1% additional instead of 0.5%"<br/>but<br/>"he told me I don't have to pay additional commission"<br/><br/>If accurate it wasn't discussed or in any agreement (if there even was an agreement ..written), but an increased % was added without discussion or agreement to the "escrow statement summary" by the Agent<br/><br/>In other words the Agent never discussed this "I make"..gotta get at least yadda yadda until after being confronted/asked why there was a <br/> 0.5% incremental on the Escrow summery<br/><br/>THEN the talk about "Oh I make yadda yadda but ya don't have to but you should blah blah started..at least that's how I read it<br/><br/><br/>The way it's explained so far..pretty downright intentionally deceptive imo Fri, 05 Oct 2012 14:55:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/My-agent-buyer-is-asking-for-additional-commission-on-close/462584/ 2012-10-05T14:55:00Z