If the property is not sold by then or is under a purchase agreement, the seller may decide to re-register the property, possibly with a different list price, with the same or another broker, or not to register it at all. Listing of the property may begin at a later date than the date of signature of the listing contract in order to give the seller time to prepare the property for verification or sale. The owner cannot sell the property without paying this commission unless an exception is listed in the contract. An exception could be if a family member or neighbor shows interest in buying the home. In this case, the real estate agent may offer the seller a certain period of time to enter into a contract with this acquaintance before paying a fee. Unlike the open registration contract, the real estate agent represents the seller in an exclusive agency contract. The seller further reserves the right to sell the property himself and not to pay the broker`s commission fees. If the seller refuses to sell the property if one of the above two conditions applies, it is usually assumed that the real estate agent has done his job to find a satisfactory buyer and the seller still has to pay the commission, although the details are determined by the listing contract. Unless closing (or “settlement” or “escuming” as is known in some parts of the country) is not a condition of the listing agreement, the seller may not have to pay a commission to the broker if the buyer does not complete the transaction….