The incident is based in Arizona.
An agent was assigned to us a part of our relocation. The agent showed some houses which I had done the research for. So I had found the house and asked them to show it to me. Later one of the houses got pulled out of the market which was listed by another agent. I later learned that the seller was going to advertise the home as 'Sale by Owner'. I contacted the seller directly and we negotiated the final price of the house. The seller wanted a letter from my agent stating that she will be waiving off her commission as the house is no longer on the market. I contacted my real estate agent asking for the letter, but she spoke to the seller and upped the home price to include her commission.
I have not signed anything with neither the relocation company nor the real estate agent agreeing to work with them.
Is it still right for the agent to ask for commission since the house has been pulled out of the market since my agent showing it to me.She spoke with the owner, added her commission and came back to us with the new updated higher price. If the seller is doing a sale by owner with zero percent commission, is it ethical for my agent to add her commission and charge me the commission as the seller is not willing to pay commission
Update: This is how I understand based on what I learned: The agent can still insist on being the representative as they are technically the 'Procuring cause'. But it is incorrect for the agent to bump us the already negotiated price to reflect their commission. As this point the agent is working pro-commision and not pro buyer. It is highly unprofessional behavior. That is what was explained to me