Zillow Advice: Buying Process - Can I buy a house FSBO that was shown by my realtor when our contract and the listing expires? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Can-I-buy-a-house-FSBO-that-was-shown-by-my-realtor-when-our-contract-and-the-listing-expires/510368/ Zillow Advice | Zillow Real Estate I would tread very carefully ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Can-I-buy-a-house-FSBO-that-was-shown-by-my-realtor-when-our-contract-and-the-listing-expires/510368/ I would tread very carefully in this situation. Aside from the legal implications, you may be dealing with a seller who is attempting to avoid more than just agent commissions and closing costs. The seller may want to avoid the process which allows you to perform due diligence in the form of title searches, home inspections, etc. Be very careful in attempting to make a purchase like this one on your own. You need the protection that a good agent can afford you. Sat, 07 Sep 2013 19:10:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Can-I-buy-a-house-FSBO-that-was-shown-by-my-realtor-when-our-contract-and-the-listing-expires/510368/ 2013-09-07T19:10:00Z You are getting good advice ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Can-I-buy-a-house-FSBO-that-was-shown-by-my-realtor-when-our-contract-and-the-listing-expires/510368/ You are getting good advice - that you should read your representation agreement and see what it says. In our area, there is a 6 month waiting period before you would be able to buy it without owing your agent a commission, but this does vary by jurisdiction. The way we normally work it with a FSBO, is that we add the buyer agent commission into the offer, so the Seller can factor it into the negotiation and net the amount they are looking for. But especially if you are a first time homebuyer, we recommend you work through your Realtor. The Seller is obviously being difficult, which would make me suspicious?&nbsp;We suspect you will&nbsp;need help with home inspections, etc, and this probably will not be an easy transaction. Buying a house is a big purchase, and you want to be sure you have someone knowledgeable looking out for your best interests. Sat, 07 Sep 2013 18:39:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Can-I-buy-a-house-FSBO-that-was-shown-by-my-realtor-when-our-contract-and-the-listing-expires/510368/ 2013-09-07T18:39:00Z Usually you are obligated ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Can-I-buy-a-house-FSBO-that-was-shown-by-my-realtor-when-our-contract-and-the-listing-expires/510368/ Usually you are obligated to pay a commission for a certain length of time (say 90 days) after the contract expires. Again, you would check the exact verbage in the contract.&nbsp; Sat, 07 Sep 2013 17:46:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Can-I-buy-a-house-FSBO-that-was-shown-by-my-realtor-when-our-contract-and-the-listing-expires/510368/ 2013-09-07T17:46:00Z Our realtor told us that ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Can-I-buy-a-house-FSBO-that-was-shown-by-my-realtor-when-our-contract-and-the-listing-expires/510368/ <em>Our realtor told us that we can't buy the house because the owner does not want to pay for his closing costs and agent commission.<br/></em><br/>Well that's not really true. You COULD buy the house if you paid the sellers side of the commission to your agent. More correctly, you <em>chose</em> not to buy the house.<br/><br/>If you signed a buyers representation agreement with a set end date (say Dec 31 2013) you would most likely be obligated to pay your agent their commission no matter what home you purchased.<br/><br/>But contracts and rules vary from state to state. So you would need to know what you signed and what language was within the contract. The contract spells out your obligations to your agent (and vice versa). Sat, 07 Sep 2013 16:38:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Can-I-buy-a-house-FSBO-that-was-shown-by-my-realtor-when-our-contract-and-the-listing-expires/510368/ 2013-09-07T16:38:00Z