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Ken Jones
Kenneth J. Jones, Inc. - Toms River, NJ

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! With hearing only one side of this issue, it's impossible to form a rational opinion of the merit of the suing buyer's claim.


Ironically, the seller isn't complaining. This raises the question in my mind as to the net the seller would have received had the suing buyer's agent been paid. Sounds like the Coldwell Banker agent may have taken a hit on the commission or there were other considerations beyond money that played a major role in the seller's decision.


It will be interesting to see how this shakes out, although most get settled out of court.

Sep 14, 2021 09:14 AM
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
A moving experience!

I had not seen it, but I'm not surprised.  Dual agency (or in this case transactional agency) is a minefield, and I'm surprised that lawsuits aren't filed more frequently.


The fact that the 'accepted' offer was the listing agent's clients, and $400,000 LESS than the Cohen's offer... and all the other basic terms (waived inspection, cash deal) were the same... makes for a strong case for the lawsuit.

Sep 14, 2021 07:50 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I don't think that the attack is on double ending.  As I see it, this attack is on agents who do not show their clients all offers.  A

Sep 14, 2021 08:21 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Hmmm. Well. IF the seller did NOT see ALL offers . . . that could be a problem for the broker/agent.

IF however the seller DID see all and simply chose another . . . well the lawyers are happy, anyway!

Sep 14, 2021 01:39 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

The plaintiff stated 'his offer was presented as inferior' which is not uncommon IF...(and we do not know the if's) there were preconditions, time issues, Thurderbolt Mortgage is known poor preformer (some offer cash only to change later) or inital offer was way to low indicating this buyer is predatory even though he dangled a carrot.. The plaintif should have offered the +500K at the start. That may make his offer superior.  He schemed and lost.
But now about that Coldwell Banker thing.....We do not know if the agent remitted to the seller the buyer side compenstation. Could have happened..but then there is that Coldwell Banker thing. The agent is not in control of their business. Hopefully the 'employee' model of CB places the broker and franchise in the crosshairs and not the agent.
However, the solution is the radicalizion of real estate sales via a block chain concept where buy and seller are anonymous and ALL offers are presented and shown on line FOR EVERYONE TO SEE including the seller, including all buyers.
This also addresses the Fair Housing issues since everyone is anonymus. 
Rich people who lose always want to make the lives of others miserable.

Sep 14, 2021 09:43 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

It's a common concern and complaint that listing agents don't present all offers. We aren't required to prove to buyer agents that their offer was presented, but it's considered a professional courtesy. And even if LA sends a buyer agent proof offer was presented, they don't have to send them proof of what all the other offers came in at. Also, LA can just get a written notice from seller stating seller does not want to receive or review any more offers. And sellers do not have to accept the highest offer. They might have had legitimate reasons for accepting a lower offer.

Sep 14, 2021 09:42 AM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Clearly sour grapes from the buyer. Only $500,000 over list? That doesn't guarantee anything. Buyer is delusional & is just making trouble. I think because the size of the commission they are also making a big deal out of it. 

Might not be dual agency but certainly 'in house'. 

Sep 14, 2021 08:22 AM
Peter Mohylsky. Broker -BRIX REALTY
Miramar Beach, Florida - Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Is there any way you can insure that when representing a buyer that your offer is presented>  

Sep 14, 2021 07:38 AM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

There are times that I feel my client's offer was not presented or dismissed unfairly by those that end up double ending a transaction.  It is a real disservice to the buyer and the seller. 


In this case, we just do not know enough to make an informed opinion.  Did the seller initial each offer acknowledging that he saw the offer?  Was there a good proof of funds?  What were all of the terms?  Was the buyer's agent that lost out a real pain? There are so many other questions that need to be answered.


I will say, if the agent did bury the best offer for his own benefit, he should be held very accountable.  I hope we here what the outcome of this trial is and some more of the details.

Sep 14, 2021 12:57 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I had not seen this.

Sep 14, 2021 11:18 AM
Caroline Gerardo
Sun West Mortgage Corporation - Newport Beach, CA
C. G. Barbeau the Loan Lady nmls 324982

To get to the truth we need to see all the offers. The listing agent is very experienced and smart. Did Cohen Trust buyer provide proof he had $4,600,000 sitting in a checking account with the offer?  Best offer straight up rather than adding he would go $500 above asking and whatever clauses verses a simple offer: full price no conditions we close in five days and let you rent back. 

Sep 14, 2021 02:21 PM
John Meussner
Mortgages in AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, MD, MT, NC, NJ, NV, OK, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WV - Walnut Creek, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852

Not enough details to know for sure if the lawsuit is warranted, but if an agent put personal profit ahead of what was best for the customer, they should be sued.  

Dual agency has a time and place but it invites a LOT of very shady behavior

Sep 15, 2021 12:12 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

So much is unknown or yet disclosed here. When the facts are lined up, likely Roger and CB will prevail. Sour grapes are not admissible in court

Sep 15, 2021 04:58 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Lots of people file lawsuits, some win, many do not.

Sep 14, 2021 10:08 PM
Doug Dawes
KW Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

A Question with homework! LOL... I can see where the aggrieved buyer may conclude "unfair practices" BUT let that go for right now. Many buyers think that just because they've made the highest offer then they are automatically the successful bidder. But, let that go, too. There is no law, rule or regulation stating the seller is bound to accept the highest offer. Sometimes terms can trump the other offers.

On another note, this is another reason dual agency is under such scrutiny. AND I hate escalation clauses!

Sep 14, 2021 03:31 PM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

1) This is what makes real estate agents look bad.

2) This is why I don't represent both sides. People may accuse or suspect you of doing wrong even if you did everything right.

3) I see a new form in our future - acknowledgment of offers.

Sep 18, 2021 05:14 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I can relate to that since I have represented several buyers this summer. It was the brutal time. I feel the frustration of this buyer who seems had an extremely  strong offer. Honestly I am surprised that with all modern technologies the is no transparency in the negotiation process. 

Sep 17, 2021 04:30 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

This will be interesting to follow.  I know there have been times the listing agent did not present my buyer's offer. I always sent the one page of the offer indicting it was presented and the seller rejected it. This page is initialed by me and the seller. 

Sep 16, 2021 07:47 AM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Keep good written records of every move you make, especially when dual agency is involved.  In this case the seller should have signed a rejection of the Cohen offer, which would then be returned to Cohen's agent...

Sep 15, 2021 10:01 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

I am surprised that no one has mentioned how fast the news station people were to convict the agent. The were taken aback that a sale would generated such a large commission and there were aghast that one agent could receive the entire amount. Details about the competing offers were not fully presented. We only heard the disappointed buyer's story.

The buyer was using an escalation clause. That means his offer was not clean and straightforward. 

Sep 15, 2021 11:24 AM