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Kara Beaudet, Home Buyer in Scottsdale, AZ

What constitutes being shown property?

Asked by Kara Beaudet, Scottsdale, AZ Thu May 16, 2013

apartment he showed us but the broker didn't fill out the part of the form outlining the exact places we would be shown. The first day with him, he took us around to places but was unable to get inside the building for most of them. Since we needed a place on a quick timeframe, we reached out to a number of other brokers and lined up appointments. The first broker gave us an address to meet him at later in the day but we happened to be shown this property by a different broker earlier in the day. We told our original broker that we were seeing this property with someone else and didn't go in the building with anyone but the broker who showed us the apartment. With renting this apartment, would we be liable for paying both broker fees even though we only saw the actual apartment with one broker?

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If you signed a contract, you may be liable for what it states. Check back with that contract and it should state what you signed and who you will have to pay under what condition. If it states shown, it means physically introducing you to the property.
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Hi Kara,
You did not view the unit with broker 1. Also it sounds like you you do not have an agreement to work with broker 1 exclusively, which would have put another twist on matters, so therefore you have absolutely no financial obligation to broker 1. Go ahead and move forward before you lose the unit to someone else.

Janet Nation
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being shown an apt is just that. If an agent hasn't physically shown you the property then it's not considered a showing.

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Hi Tom, sorry for the confusion. I'm actually saying that Broker 1 told us to meet him at the address at a later time. In the meantime, broker 2 took us to the building and apartment on his own (we didn't tell him the address ahead od time). When we met broker 1 at the address later, we told him we had already seen it and he did not take us inside the building or apartment. We only viewed the apartment with broker 2. I just want to make sure that broker 1 telling us the address doesn't constitute as showing us the property.
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That's correct.. You don't owe broker 1 anything. He did the right thing by not taking you in again. Your fee is only payable to broker 2. Having said this, if you want the apt, please apply ASAP. Everything is moving very quickly!
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Kara, your question is a little confusing but here is what I would say - if broker 1 took you to a building and showed you an apt and then broker 2 took you to the same building and same apt and you rented that apt thru broker 2, you are probably going to be paying 2 fees.
I think you're saying you only went into the apt with broker 1. If so and if that broker was the one who introduced you to the owner and worked with you on the app, then you should only be paying broker 1. I have often met with a client after she had been out with another broker. Often she has seen so many places she can't remember the names or addresses of the building until we get to it. And if she has been in it, we just move on to the next one.
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