Listed with agent Can I sell on my own?

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Listed with agent Can I sell on my own?

My husband builds houses and I try to
sell myself but if not I have a friend that
is a realtor that lists them for me.I had
a couple look at a house before I listed
it with realtor that had come back to me
after it was listed.Can I sell without
paying the high realtor fee?Its only
been listed 8 days and Im willing to
pay the realtor 1000.00 for listing it but
I dont want to make her mad either.

Asked on February 5, 2019 under Real Estate Law, Tennessee


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Generally, a realtor is only entitled to a commisson for 1) people whom she specifically introduced to the property and 2) people who looked at the property for the first time while she was representing it. If this couple looked at the home initially pre-realtor, you should not owe her any commissions on its sale to them.

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