For the most part agents respond with restraint and inquire, "Are you a long lost sibling, a bill collector, a stalker, and disgruntled ex?" Being polite we don't ask, "Hey are you a jelly bean trying to swindle a hard working agent and place the home owner in unknown jeopardy?" But we all know there are folks like you out there. Comes with the territory.
And look, here you are, soliciting guidance from the very people you wish swindle.
Has your spirit become so darkened you do not see an issue with you?
Well, we don't know that the contract has expired, do we? The broker would get paid if they were the procuring cause - if it was their marketing that brought the buyer. Listing agreements have a "protection period" specifically because it is an age-old trick for a buyer to ride past a "for sale by agent" sign on their horse, check out the property, talk to the owner, and then make an agreement to wait out the listing.
Good luck to you.
Do yourself a favor, get a broker to represent YOUR interests; the seller will still be paying the same broker fee, but you will have someone working for YOU.
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Was the property advertised on Craigslist by a real estate agent? If so did you speak to that agent? If so did that agent tell you about the house? If so you should go through the agent, that would be the ethical thing to do. If you did not want to work with an agent then you should not have contacted an agent in the first place. If that is the case, in the future you should only contact "for sale by owner" ads. If you chose to contact the agent and now want to go around the agent after the fact, I think that is kind of slimy and unethical.
Besides, if the property is listed with an agent and you contact the owner direct, even if you make a deal with the owner it will not change the fact that the owner will still have to pay the real estate fee. Homeowners who list with an agent typically get kind of spooked when a buyer contacts them direct and usually they will report it to their agent. This is because most people, believe it or not, are ethical.
All of this is under the assumption that the property is in fact listed with an agent. However, it is unclear in your question if that is in fact the case. Your question is somewhat vague, I may have a different take on it if I had more details. Feel free to contact me if you like to discuss it further.
Mitchell S. Feldman
Associate Broker/ Director of Sales
Madison Estates & Properties, Inc.
Office: (718) 645-1665/ Cell: (917) 805-0783