So I've been doing some apartment hunting in New York, with a broker and by myself. Something I don't understand is, what's to stop me from going around the broker and talking directly to building's the management company of the buildings a broker has shown me?
I've called up a few places that I saw with a broker, and the management companies were happy to deal with me directly. Now I happen to think my broker is fantastic, and he's worked really hard for me so I'm happy to pay him the fee, but I'm wondering what would happen if I decided to go with one of the apartments he showed me but not tell him about it? I did sign some documents with him, but how would he know? Also, how can he prove that he showed me this apartment?