Let me take this bit by bit and see if I can break it down.
First, participation in MLS is not required of a real estate broker, although with how it helps get homes sold, he's not really serving his clients to the best of his ability, in my opinion.
Since it is not in MLS, he does not have to allow other brokers to show the home nor does he have to pay them a cooperating commission if they sell the house. So, the brokers from the other agencies see that they won't get paid, they won't want to show the house, much less sell it. Where this gets worse is that many agents and buyers work together under "Buyer Agency". Under this there are many benefits to the buyers, but one protection to the agent representing them is that if they buy a house while under contract to him, they owe him a commission. If that commission doesn't come from the listing broker, the buyer has to pay it. Not many buyers would want to pay that extra money.
Where you might have an argument here is that under Wisconsin law, a licensed agent or broker is required to put the needs of his clients ahead of his own. You would need to consult an attorney here, but on its face, by excluding other agents he is trying to make the most money for himself while sacrificing a quicker sale for you.
His advertising is his advertising. There is no regulation on it other than "to the best of his abilities". If he has found his email blasts work, and for some it does quite well, then it covers that requirement.
By "6 month trial" I am assuming you mean his listing contract with you lasts for 6 months after which time you no longer have to work with him. That is standard. All contracts must have a beginning and an ending date. However, the claiming of full commission after cancellation is kind of odd.
This is where you need to check your listing contract. If it is a standard Wisconsin contract, then he would have to hand-write (or type in) the clause that says he gets paid no matter what. If this fee is a percentage of the sale price, then how can he determine what to charge you if the house doesn't sell? He can't. If this is a flat fee, then he is likely entitled to be paid if that is what you agreed to with your signature on the contract. Again, this is attorney territory here.
What it sounds like to me, is that he is taking full advantage of his placement on a small island where he basically thinks he has a trapped clientele. What you need to know is that any agent from anywhere in the state could list your home for sale and they'd likely list it in MLS and have other agencies show it. This is usually not common practice since an agent like me, who lives in Mukwonago, has pretty much no idea of the market in, say Wausau. But, you could contact an agent "on shore" to list for you. The current broker cannot block others from listing on the island.
In answer to your question ... absolutely the answer is YES. However, in most real estate showings the Buyer's Agent calls the Listing Agency to advise of date and time as well as Last Name of Buyer (for procurement) ... and waits for the Listing Agency to give them PERMISSION to show the property and at that time give the Buyer's Agent the Access Code (or instructions for getting into the property). The Buyer's Agent then shows you the property. However there are times that the Seller requires the Listing Agency to have someone (either the Listing Agent or an Agent from their Agency) to be present for all showings. Usually this is because the Seller is nervous, or does not trust the "other agents" to give the prospective buyers all the information the Seller feels is necessary ... there are many reasons a seller may make this a requirement ... but to be honest, it is rare in our area. But for the most part ... just go with the flow ... no harm (plus that agent might have an answer to a question you may have that your Agent may not have had privy to .., so ... just be happy! Especially if it's the one you LIKE decide to buy!... more
I have to agree with all the responses you have gotten so far. All buyers need to have a Licensed Realtor in the State of Wisconsin to accompany them into every home/condo for sale. All showings must be recorded with the Listing Agency showing Who the REALTOR was who went through the property, the date and the time as well as (not mandatory) the Last Name of the Buyer (for procurement reasons) as well as what Agency Relationship the Realtor showing the home/condo has with the Buyer they are taking through a property ... 3 choices here ... 1) Buyer Agency 2) Seller Agency or Pre-Agency. There is alot more to just getting access to a property involved here. Hope this helps. Best of Luck with your home search!... more
Nm82 - generally, yes, there is a prohibition against this. But, consider calling the trustee listed for the foreclosure. You should be aware of how auctions typically work. Generally, the bank will bid what is owed to them, which is generally more than the property is worth, so you'd probably end up overpaying dramatically for the property. See the post below.... more
True story that happened here - A military guy was away on duty for a long tour. His wife deliberately stopped making payments (he had no idea, thought everything was hunky dory). The house went into foreclosure and the wife's boyfriend bought the house and the wife and her boyfriend moved back in. Now, even the 'arms length' rule wouldn't have helped on that one, but stuff like that does happen. I have a few suggestions on what type of punishment should be given out for that type of deal, but I don't think it's legal. Your intentions, like Vicky said, are probably good so you could try her suggestion - may work.... more