Can a RE Pro help? Stupid BUYER (me) did not hire agent, however listing agent advised buyer & misrepresented

Asked by Sheila Nelson, Barre, VT Wed Jul 2, 2008

I have a house under contract. The listing broker was so nice that I thought that he could do no harm. Well I never signed the dual agency form because I thought if this property fell through that I would hire a buyer broker and go look at other houses. So when it came time to make an offer, I emailed the broker with my basic offer info (sales price, close date, inspection days, etc). I did not say what inspections I wanted as I thought I'd check them off myself. He sent me the pre-filled P&S and it had boxes already checked off for inspections. "SEWER" was not checked off & I emailed him about it & asked to add it. He said, "no, this house doesn't have a sewer it is public" This made little sense to me but I left it unchecked. Well I located the previous homeowner and the sewer backs up every few months due to bad angle in pipe. Disclosures were blank as it was bank owned. I suspect this broker knew something was up with it. My questions: What should I do? Who should I contact?

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Dane Hahn, , 34223
Thu Jul 3, 2008
Hi Sheila,

Maybe it's time to start over. A real estate lawyer ought to be able to help you, but even an experienced Realtor should be able to give you good direction. Without knowing all the in's and out's of the issue, I would only suggest that you might withdraw from this contract, get your breath and reenter the contract with a broker on your side. Very few people actually buy something they have decided against. But there are lots of people who wish they hadn't bought a lemon. Buy in haste, repent at leisure.

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Dallas Texas, Agent, Dallas, TN
Wed Jul 2, 2008
Try contacting the broker 1st have a discussion, however I am sorry to hear what happen why buyers need their own agents and covered under their e & o insurance. Good luck
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Dominick Dina, Agent, San Antonio, TX
Wed Jul 2, 2008

Attorney first, local board of realtors second.

Good luck!
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Bill Eckler, Agent, Venice, FL
Wed Jul 2, 2008

At this point our best advice is to contact a real estate attorney.

Good luck,

The "Eckler Team"
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