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I am a home buyer working with an agent. My agent recently sold my house and is now helping look for my next one. Last night, I discovered through a friend that a mutual acquaintance is selling his house. This house is currently listed through his own agent. Is it legally feasible for myself and this aquaintance to privately negotiate our own sale without involving our respective agents? This would obviously reduce the price of the house as he would not have to pay a commission upon the sale of his house. How would we go about doing this?

Hello Julian,
Thank you for your question - just a couple of revisions to clarify my answer for you. It depends on what contracts are in place between all parties. Normally it is not legally feasible to circumvent the listing agent to privately negotiate a sale if there is a contract in place between the seller and their Realtor. If you are under contract with your Agent you would ask them to book an appointment to view the home and if you are interested in making an offer they would represent you in the transaction.

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Penny MacKenzie is a full time Burlington Real Estate Agent with over 20 years of experience. An active member of the Burlington Business Community Penny is Past President of The Burlington Chamber of Commerce and Past Chair of Tourism Burlington. Penny has also served on the Board of Directors of the Burlington Art Centre Foundation. Penny is also past chair and co-founder of Party In Pink an incredible women only fundraiser for Breast Cancer Support Services. In just four short years this event has raised over $250,000 in support of women who are currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer. As a full time Realtor Penny is experienced in the Burlington and Area real estate market. She has personally handled all types of real estate transactions, however, she is an Experienced Residential Realtor, qualified to help families reach their residential home buying and selling goals.

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