owner orally authorized agent to sell his house.agent completed slae of house to the buyer. when buyer?

Asked by Bunmar414, 94301 Fri May 8, 2009

attempted to enforce the contract against owner, buyer was told that the contract was not enforceable because owners agency realtion with agent was not in writing. must owner have given agent written authorization?

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Denise Tower, Agent, Maryland Heights, MO
Fri May 8, 2009
Everything must be in writing at all times - otherwise we have a mess of "he said, she said".....
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David Tapper, Agent, Burlingame, CA
Fri May 8, 2009
The listing agent wasn't very bright for not having a written contract with the seller. I can't believe he would attempt to do the transaction without a valid contract. I hope the seller wasn't a personal friend, because no friend would do this to an agent.

You need a good real estate attorney and so does the listing agent. If you need a good attorney, please feel free to ask.


Dave Tap Tapper
Cashin Company
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James Peters…, Agent, El Dorado Hills, CA
Fri May 8, 2009
Absolutely! The only enforceable contract in Real Estate is on paper. Oral contracts are perfectly legal but not enforceable. Real estate is the only oral contract that is not enforceable.

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