I need legal advice on payment of agent's fee.
We bought a house in Q4 2010. First, we actually wanted to rent the house that we bought. It is when we spoke with the owner that we knew that they are selling the house. Now, prior to the conversation with previous owner, this supposed agent just pointed to us that the previous owner was willing to rent the house to us, not sell, but rent. To make it short, we bought the house through bank loan.
The seller only paid this supposed agent 50% of her 5% agent's fee, because she actually did not facilitate the selling. Prior to this, she introduced another person to us who will "work" on the transfer of title and deed of sale so that we can submit the loan. This person swindled us and was put behind bars this week. My wife did all the leg work in order to furnish the bank with transfer title and deed of sale.
This morning, this supposed agent tried to get her 50% of her 5% agent's fee from us. My wife, trying to mitigate further confrontation paid 15,000 pesos per the agent's request. BTW, she doesn't have a license to operate as an agent.
My questions. Do we really have to pay this agent's fee when this person is not a licensed agent? Or, even if she is a licensed agent, she did not facilitated the sale properly? Is she worth getting paid for not doing any substantial work? Can I file a case against her? Can I file extortion, coercion and public disturbance against her and her daughter because they are causing us public humiliation?
I appreciate your advice on this.