Make offer to Owner or Agent...?

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Exploring a possible rental property that is listed on MLS and all the websites. Looks like a deal. Absentee owner. Should I make an offer to owner independently or go through the agent?

Go through the agent, if it's on the MLS then the owner has a contract with the agent that requires them to pay a commission. Trying to go around the agent will only annoy/anger them and they're the one who is advising their absentee client on value and quality of offers.

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Originally posted by @Justin Tippens :

Exploring a possible rental property that is listed on MLS and all the websites. Looks like a deal. Absentee owner. Should I make an offer to owner independently or go through the agent?

Both.

I would contact the owner and let them know that you have no problem using their listing agent. However, you would like the 3% buyers agent commission or at minimum to split the commission in half , or take it off the agreed purchase price .