How many days or months after ending contract with realtor, can I sell my house to someone that saw it during the contract period and not have to pay any commission?

Asked on September 29, 2015 under Real Estate Law, Arkansas


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

As a general matter, you can never sell the house to someone who was shown it by the realtor without paying the commission. Not only does the realtor's contract most likely state that and if so, such a contractual term or provision is enforceable, but courts would typically if the realtor sues you consider it inequitable, or unfair, for you to not pay the realtor when the realtor introduced the person and did the work of showing the house most courts would, in that situation, rule that you owe the commission even if the contract does not specifically state that you must pay it.

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