The atypical purchase offer

Buyers go agentless, seek 3% rebate

DEAR BERNICE: We found a house we really like — and saw it at an open house. The agent was busy talking to another couple, so she didn’t get our name and number. Can we just write an offer without an agent and have the sellers give us a 3 percent credit? –Jill S.

DEAR JILL: There are several answers to your question, depending upon the type of listing agreement the sellers have with their agent. You can certainly write an offer with or without an agent. Whether you can get a 3 percent credit, however, is an entirely different matter.