Going to “Plan B”

Real estate agents who represent both the Buyer and Seller are said to “hog” the commission, because they get both sides.

Are (some) rental agents doing the same thing?

I’m certainly starting to think so.

I just spent two-plus days trying to get rental information on a home my client is interested in.

I called the rental broker, identified myself as an agent calling on behalf of a client, and left my contact info.


Over the next two days, I left two more messages, including one for the broker’s assistant — and still heard nothing.

Plan B

So this morning, I had my wife call.


The agent got back immediately, with all the info I’d wanted, which my wife forwarded to my client (a mutual family friend).

The only thing I can figure is that the rental broker had designs on the commission — typically, one month’s rent — that is normally paid to the agent representing the renter.

If they have one, that is.

So, if you’re a home owner contemplating renting your home and using a broker, two words of advice: ‘Heads up!’

Such conduct comes straight out of your pocket . . .

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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