Broker fights for commission on expired listing

Law of the Land

Real estate broker Newman signed a contract with Grommet to list for sale Grommet’s property known as the Gray Rocks Ranch ("the ranch"), which was located near land owned by the Wyoming National Guard. Newman had represented Grommet on around 21 real estate transactions over a number of years, including Grommet’s original purchase of the ranch.

Newman agreed to list the ranch for sale for $4.9 million at an 8 percent commission.

After pulling it off the market for a while, Grommet re-listed the ranch for sale at $7.3 million, then revised the listing agreement with Newman under an exclusive listing agreement that set the list price for the ranch at $7.7 million at a 6 percent commission.