I'm asking this on behalf of a friend, basically they're in a situation where they've agreed to sell their home with a RE agency back in September. They told the agent at the end of October they did not want to sell the place. The question is, they've changed their mind and want to sell again but have a private buyer that enquired. Would my friend be liable to pay the original RE agent selling fees if the place is sold in private? I asked if they signed a contract with the agent but they claim no written contract was signed, is there a standard period of time that agent's can claim a % of the commission?