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Our realtor is acting as a buying agent on our new home (2.8% commission). He is also offering to sell our existing house for a discounted rate of 1% commission.

My wife and I are purchasing our new home with no house-to-sell contingency. We are under contract on our new home and close on the 22nd of July. Our realtor is coming Monday to discuss listing our existing home.

My wife and I are thinking it may be a good idea to keep our option open for renting (or doing a lease-option) on our existing home while it's being listed by our realtor for sale.

What we would like to know is if this is a normal thing to do and if any realtors commonly allow this for their clients? The thing we are concerned with is having our realtor invest his time in trying to sell the property and if we find a renter before he can sell it we may have to take that option due to our financial situation in the new home.

Basically, we do not want to be in a situation 4 months from now with our home still for sale. We would either like to rent it or sell it in a one or two month period if at all possible.

Any thoughts on how to handle this matter with our realtor so that it doesn't become a sticky situation? We definitely will be discussing this with him Monday in advance of him listing the house. Just need to know specifics on how this usually works and if most realtors are open to the idea...


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