Listing Agent’s Commission Withheld After Post-Closing Altercation
LAS VEGAS – Closing day is typically payday for real estate agents, but for Las Vegas agent Mustafa Gallegos, payday will have to wait as his commission check is being withheld due to a closing day altercation that took place in the parking lot of the escrow company.
Gallego’s expected commission is $5,186.67; two-thirds of the total two percent commission on the $389,000 Las Vegas home.
Gallego believes his actions were justified. Following a tense initial negotiation period, where both parties took unnecessary shots at the other; the closing of escrow proved to be equally tricky with several delays caused by a combination of lengthy due diligence periods and financing issues. At the closing table, animosity increased as the buyer and seller haggled over walk-through discrepancies and middle initials.
Tensions came to a boiling point when the attorney informed the parties they had not received funding authorization from the buyer’s mortgage company and the documents were—number seventeen—in line for review. Gallegos jumped across the table towards the buyer’s loan officer, former UFC bantamweight champion Tiesha Mate, inciting an all-out brawl in the crowded office, quickly spilling out into the parking lot.
Seven people, including Gallegos, were injured in the melee, which was captured on video and posted on several social media platforms.
“After reviewing the footage on Facebook, we determined that it not be only necessary but also prudent of us to withhold Mr. Gallegos commission check,” a representative from the Nevada Real Estate Commission explained. “We are also withholding 1 ½ of the seller’s proceeds pending further investigation.”