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Should I contact the seller directly if the broker won't reply?

I replied to an add on this site a few times and haven't heard anything from the broker. It has been 3 weeks. Through research, I found out who the business is myself. Should I contact the current owner directly and go around the broker? If so, how do I approach? E-mail,? Phone?Thoughts? Suggestions??

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It is possible that the business is no longer for sale and that is why you haven't heard anything back. I had the same problem a few months ago and when I finally got in contact with the broker, he said the business had been taken off the market by the owner. If that is the case and you still want to put your money into a business, I am looking for someone to invest in a business that my fiancé and are trying to buy. E-mail if interested,

Jan 26, 2010
Robert Cutler
New York County, NY

Unless you signed a finder's agreement you can go around the broker and contact the seller directly without any liability. As a courtesy, you should reach out to the broker to inform him that you are going to contact the Seller directly, but otherwise you are in the clear. Now whether the broker is entitled to a commission/success fee is a different story, but that's really the seller's problem.

Jan 26, 2010
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The BAF Group LLC

Before I went to the Seller, I would contact the Broker and tell him he has 24 hours to respond. Then I would call the Seller on the phone, letting him know the difficulty you have had. Make certain the Broker isn't lying in a ditch somewhere, before you go telling the Seller that the Broker is a no good bum! But short of that, there is no good reason for the Broker to be that rude.

Jan 25, 2010

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