Number of months left blank

In our real estate listing agreement the number of months that we would have to
pay commission if we sold our house to somebody who first saw the house when it
was listed…was left blank. No number at all. Just blank.

Does that mean that the clause of paying commissions after the listing has
expired does not apply to us?


Asked on December 17, 2018 under Real Estate Law, Michigan


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

A judge would most likely require you to pay if you sell it during the standard or common period of time for this provision, which is usually around 6 months. The law does not like people to get the benefit of another's services for nothing; therefore, a court would likely consider it fair for you to pay commissions if you sold to someone who saw the home while the realtor was showing it (i.e. during the period you were getting the benefit of the realtor's services) and would likely impute the usual or customary period to this provision.

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