The actual "question" posted does not make too much sense, maybe you want to clarify that a little bit...
But the statement underneath itâ€¦
"Can a buyer communicate to a seller by postal mail about the offer / counter offer submitted?""
Sounds as though the buyer was unhappy with not getting an offer accepted or the response and contacted the seller directly to discuss with the seller. If that is the case it should not be.. but is it "illegal" ? probably not.
The listing agent is contracted by the seller to list advertise and negotiate the sale of the property as the sale representative. But, no one can really stop a buyer from speaking directly with the seller although that may sour the seller on that particular buyer.
Either way, the deal would go through the Realtors involved if another agreement is struck.
Orange Key Realty
So, I am not clear as to what exactly you're questioning?
Do you think your buyer's agent hasn't presented your offer?
Are you asking about the counter offer from the seller or TO the seller?
You can always sit and discuss this with the agent's Broker.
Perhaps with some clarification, I can better answer your question.
Bottom line - There should be no counter offers without either side giving their permission.
An agent cannot not counter an offer without the buyers or sellers knowledge. If you agree to the counter, accept it and give the seller 24 hours to sign. If you don't agree with the counter, continue to negotiate the price though your agent.
1. A listing agent became a buyer's agent. Since it was listed by 2 agents , the other agent became a "seller agent". So, "Buyer agent" was appointed to the buyer on the fly during an open house.
2. The counter offer(s) the buyer got was not signed by the seller. It was more through e-mail
3. The buyer is unsure if buyer agent really presented the offer to the seller. Is the counter offer originated really from the seller or the seller agent (and buyer agent) coming up with a higher number.
Laura Giannotta: Great. Buyer could have done that.
John Sacktig : Thank you. Buyer being unhappy with the counter offer presented by e-mail is a possible scenario. The buyer is not really able to trust the buyer/seller agent.
Larry Tollen : "Seller not wanting to hear directly from buyer" but still wants to sell the house. . .and pays the agent 5% for that reason. I don't see your logical view on that statement from an economic perspective. I think seller goes to an agent only if all options to sell the house on his own is ruled out due to lack of time, lack of market, etc. Please Note : No offense made to your statement. With due respect, I have a different opinion .
Poonacha U Bollera : Sorry for being unclear with my question. Hope I clarified it better now.
Maria Gilda Racelis-Owner: I sense there was an ethical violation here. You brought up a good point. But who monitors this? How is it measured in real estate business ?
Debra (Debbie) Rose: I believe the buyer agent hasn't presented the offer. The point well taken from your statement is that buyer could have represented it to agent's broker. On your bottom line statement, how does the buyer know that the seller had given permission to counter the offer?
Thank you once again for all your thoughts.
Seasoned Realtors negotiate contracts all the time and have the experience and expertise to represent you.
If you feel you are not being represented well, it may be time for a different agent.
On the other hand, if the buyer's agent bypass the listing agent, this, in my opinion, can pose a potential ethics violation.
Moreover, if both buyers and sellers are represented by the agents, all communication should be coursed via proper channels. Hence, the word representation. This is the standard practice.
I hope this helps.