When should a realtor receive a commission?

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When should a realtor receive a commission?

We are moving 6 hours away and we were referred to a realtor. Through emails, we were sent homes to view. The realtor was unavailable to meet us to show homes in area. We found new construction our own. The realtor was unable to give any information on this development. The following week, they showed up at site for the second tour but still did not have any information of property on hand.

We never signed realtor agreement. Should realtor be compensated?

Asked on May 13, 2018 under Real Estate Law, Florida

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

Realtors often do surprisingly little to earn their commissions. If this realtor had been wholly uninvolved in this home, you'd owe them nothing--but you write that they did (presumably at your request) show up at the second tour of the site; they therefore were involved in that purchase. Having been involved in the purchase, even if their contibution added little or nothing to the process, they are entitled to their commission (whereas if you had not brought them to that tour, they would not be). It does not matter if you did not sign the agreement: you could have not signed but also not involved them, thereby owing the nothing, but by involving them after (we presume) receiving a copy of the ageement, you obligated yourself to pay their commission.


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