If you don't want to discuss these details "in public", I'd be happy to chat with you (617) 308-6583 (hypothetically, of course. I recommend that you do NOT share the details of your transaction with anyone that you haven't actually hired).
I've never heard of a seller refusing an offer as a result of a buyer simply not having a real estate agent .
REALTORÂ® is a brand, you pay dues to use the "REALTORÂ®" logo.
Licensed Real Estate Agents do not have to be REALTORSÂ®.
You cannot be a REALTORÂ® unless you're a licensed Real Estate Agent.
In any case, you do have an attorney representing your interests in this case. You didn't mention it, but I trust he is a real estate attorney. If he is expecting his share of the commission from the proceeds of the sale, I trust also that he is properly licensed by the state.
As for the seller not accepting your offer unless you are represented by a real estate agent, you may wish to bring the matter to the attention of your attorney. He should advise you what your rights are and should be able to guide you through the process.
just as an fyi, hiring a realtor to represent you does not cost you anything. Having said that, you can buy a house without one but since they do not cost you anything why not have one represent you and your best interest in the negotiation and transaction of the purchase.
Many agents do not want to be placed in a position that conflicts with their duty to their client. Therefore, they may wish you have your own representation.
Some agents what to use forms with which they are familiar and are used commonly among the professionals in your area. We don't know how the attorney submitted the offer to purchase. The devil is indeed in the details.
Some banks here in Florida will only accept offers on bank owned real estate that is submitted through real estate professionals. Homeowners may and can choose the same remedy for the reason stated above.
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