Similarly, what if your friend makes his offer directly to you or your listing agent, and not through a broker on his behalf ("buyer's broker"). Had the buyer used a broker, the seller's broker would have had to split the usual 10% commission in some fashion with the buyer's broker. No buyer's broker should equate to the seller negotiating a better deal with his broker to cement the deal, perhaps resulting in more money
to the seller, or a better deal for the buyer. In any case...boat is sold and everyone gets something. It often works that way in real estate transactions.