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Q&A: Do I pay a commission if I find a buyer?

What happens if I sign a listing agreement, but I find a buyer on my own such as a friend or family member?

You must have a “carve out” in writing in your listing agreement with the Realtor. Otherwise, you’ll sign your rights away to sell the house yourself and you will owe the Realtor a commission, warns Catherine Lindstadt, a licensed associate broker with Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Huntington. “There are sometimes situations which require prior negotiation. However, as a Realtor I would always put a time limit on these because a Realtor who is serious will perform."

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