Is it common for brokers to lie about whether they're asking you to sell to a client or themselves? A recent sale of ours completed, started with an inquiry from a broker — saying he had a client with an offer. (He continued to maintain that the offers were from his client.) We countered. Negotiation continued until we had a number. Then, when the escrow transaction was set up, it turned out not to be a brokered transaction. So I thought the client’s name would come up when it was time to transfer. But no, the broker’s name appeared. He then transferred it (resold it) to a large company, in whose hands it is now.