Lyn Sims, Schaumburg Real Estate Agent Retired

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Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide

Ignore the request (as this clown is ignoring the rules of the road). Fools are usually impossible to reason with.

Hold your ground!

Aug 12, 2020 01:51 PM
Ken Jones, Commercial Real Estate
Kenneth J. Jones, Inc. - Toms River, NJ

Lyn Sims Unless that other agent can produce a referral agreement that I signed, they can pucker up and kiss me where the sun don't shine.

But, hey. That's just me.

Aug 12, 2020 02:10 PM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Nope.  If you want a referal you'd better make it plain and clear well before this point, and get it in writing too.

Aug 12, 2020 12:54 PM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

No, and no referral fee should be requested by anyone 2 days before closing.

Aug 12, 2020 12:51 PM
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
A moving experience!

two days before closing? .. I have no problem formulating a response.

"I'm sorry, but since that was not arranged in advance, no referral fee is due and will not be payed."

Aug 12, 2020 12:21 PM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Too bad so sad and shame upon your descendants. They can be as adamant as they want but there is no agreement. So they should just take their bossy butt back to wherever they came from. And they know damn well that's the case or they wouldn't have come in and waited till the last minute. No leg to stand on.

Aug 12, 2020 03:17 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Yes I did and I thought it was a joke.  6 months or so after the closing (and a heck of a lot of extra work as it was a probate sale) some agent calls me and says she was the reason these folks called me in the first place.  So why did you not call me and send me a referral agreement and now after all this time you're asking for a referral fee.  Sorry it doesn't work that way and my guess is you already now that.  What I learned is the seller told her to call me and ask for it.....seller was pushy to boot.  Again, sorry it doesn't work that way. 

Aug 12, 2020 03:04 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Alan May and Jeff Pearl summed it up. Here's my 2 cents:

Oh Hell No - YouTube

Aug 12, 2020 03:04 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

     Not two days before closing, but yes, I have had Agents interject themselves into the story.  Day after I wrote an offer on my listing, an agent called me, "I told them about the house, they were supposed to let me show it to them".   I asked the Buyer  if they knew the Agent.

     "Yes, we know her, she showed us some houses... but she didn't return our calls so we just went on our own."  They had no idea what an Agency agreement or a Buyer Brokerage agreement was. 

     The Agent was adamant that they were her Buyers.  I talked to her Broker, he admitted that his agent had let the Buyers get away.   Out of the goodness of my heart I paid 20% referral on the selling side.  

Aug 12, 2020 01:28 PM
J.R. Schloemer, CRS
Kentucky Select Properties - Louisville, KY

I'm sorry, I do/did not receive any referral paperwork for this client. It does not appear this is feasible at this point in the transaction.


What email...let me check my spam/junk folder, oops looks like it was forwarded to the junk, and I never got that message/request & everything is settled out at this point (of course that would be in three weeks or so).

Aug 12, 2020 02:56 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Aug 12, 2020 02:14 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Have not had that happen.  

Aug 12, 2020 01:19 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 - Fair Oaks, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Fair Oaks, CA 484-680-4852

Buy a nice bag of sand, and mail it to them with your best wishes that they enjoy pounding it

Aug 12, 2020 04:18 PM
Doug Dawes
KW Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

This particular scenario has not happened to me.

Aug 12, 2020 12:31 PM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I have never had that happen and it seems extremely odd.  I wouldn't pay a referral fee to someone that I am hearing about or hearing from for the first time 2 days before closing.

Aug 13, 2020 05:02 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

I have not had that happen but I know how I would respond.

Sorry, my "friend", what you are asking (demanding) is neither friendly nor appropriate. Asking me to pay a third party at this late date is totally out of line and I am very sorry that you are trying a cash grab at this late date.

Aug 12, 2020 05:31 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

1. With only 2 days before closing, I hope you have a buyers agency in place to protect your interests.

2. If the lender friend is part of this extortion attempt they can expect a heap of trouble with their employer, the govt. and their license.

3. Make sure that your client knows of the parasites that are trying to extort money from you and how unethical they are.

Aug 12, 2020 07:46 PM
Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI
HomeSmart Real Estate - Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell

What referral? It appears there was no referral. Not nice. Jeff

Aug 12, 2020 09:50 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Send them $100...

Aug 12, 2020 01:54 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Have you heard the term "no tickie, no washee!"

Aug 13, 2020 06:38 AM
Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Orlando, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers

I have on more than one occasion had a relo company call me about a buyer we were working (NOT referred by them).

They claimed that they buyer would not get relo benefits if we did not pay. 

I told them to take a hike or I would send a complaint to the buyers new company of the shakedown. 

(REMEMBER...the relo company does not pay the benefits to the buyer,...the buyers new employer/company does...don't think they would want the relo company to lie like that)

Personally, I would not pay that referral...


Aug 13, 2020 05:42 AM
Susie Kay
Ultra Real Estate Dallas Fort Worth - Plano, TX
North Dallas Specialist

I would have an agreement in place for the referral BEFORE I even take the buyers out.  So in this case, no referral fee.  Even if I'm on the referring side, I won't give the name and contact out until the other agent signs the agreement.  The agent should have called and sent you a referral agreement before any of these even started.

Aug 13, 2020 08:46 AM
Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Santa Clarita & Aliso Viejo

I was once in escrow when the buyer said she promised her sister a referral fee.  I search my conscience and ponder future relationship with these clients and relented.  I did about six more deals with them afterwords with no referral fees.  Worked out to be a wise decision.

Aug 14, 2020 03:45 PM
Caroline Gerardo
Sun West Mortgage Corporation - Newport Beach, CA
C. G. Barbeau the Loan Lady nmls 324982

Cha Ching sound of Law and Order trailer Loan Officer goes to jai;, do not pass go. My guess is the "friend" is no longer licensed for a reason.

Aug 13, 2020 08:58 AM
Peter Mohylsky. Broker -BRIX REALTY
Miramar Beach, Florida - Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Rough situation, tricky to handle but NO, ain't gonna happen.   I would explain the situation to your client and move on.  

Aug 13, 2020 05:31 AM
Adam Feinberg
Elegran - Manhattan, NY
NYC Condo, Co-op, and Townhouse specialist

I will happily pay a referral fee- but it must be agreed early in the process.

Sep 09, 2020 09:38 PM
Greg Large
ERA Real Solutions - Grove City, OH
A Tradition of Trust

No but once had a national relocation company try to get a referral commission after I had a Buyer in contract, and the Buyer had not signed or agreed to use any of their services.

Aug 14, 2020 02:10 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Too late. Move on.

Aug 14, 2020 09:16 AM
Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

Nothing in writing? 

No way! No refrerral fee!

Aug 13, 2020 03:20 PM
Don Baker
Lane Realty - Eatonton, GA
Lake Sinclair Specialist

NO.  And I'd explain to the buyer they need to call an attorney to discuss it.

Aug 13, 2020 02:51 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

If there was no call, no email and no referal contract. There would be no referral fee. I ask all my would be new clients how they got to me. Of course i change the wording up, most alrwady say i aw your ad, saw your Active rain blog or will say xxx referred me. 

Aug 13, 2020 05:56 AM