Can you ask a realtor for a discount after signing a listing contract?
Question Details: We recently sold our house. When we were ready to put it on the market, we had a realtor come over and let us know what we needed to do to get it ready. We signed a contract with them that it would go on the market on a certain date. Shortly after that meeting, someone found out we were selling and they wanted to look at it. A few weeks later they put a contract on the house. It sold before it was "officially" on the market. Since this was the case, the realtor did not incur most of the usual fees that they would have such as the cost of hiring a photographer to take pictures and the cost of advertising the listing. Is it proper to ask for a discount, since some of what we paid for them to do never happened?
Can you *ask* for a discount? Of course--anyone can ask for anything. But if the contract does not provide for a discounty in this situation, then you are not entitled to one--you have to pay what the contract indicates you pay in these circumstances. It would therefore be voluntary on the realtor's part to give you a discount. But since you definitely won't get a discount if you don't ask, there is no harm in asking--worst case, the realtor will say "no."