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No. A buyer can always ask their buyer broker to make it a term of the purchase offer that the seller pay certain compensation to the buyer broker.

Standard of Practice 16-16 prohibits a REALTOR® from attempting to modify the terms of a listing agreement through the terms of an offer because the listing agreement is a contractual matter between the seller and the listing broker. However, the seller and the listing broker may independently choose to amend the listing agreement or take any other action they deem appropriate based on the seller’s negotiations with the buyer. Standard of Practice 16-16 also prohibits a REALTOR® from delaying or withholding delivery of a buyer’s offer while attempting to negotiate a buyer broker compensation. Get more facts about NAR’s settlement agreement at


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