The Moneyist: I saved my neighbor $40,000 by recommending a buyer for her house — how much does she owe me?

‘The ethics and etiquette of your financial affairs.’

Dear Moneyist,

My neighbor whom I know only slightly decided to sell her home “by owner.” I referred a couple to her and the house is now under contract with my referral.

The seller will save nearly $40,000 by avoiding a real-estate commission, but she has not offered to give me any compensation for my referral.

Should I be more straightforward about asking for some minimal compensation? If so, what do you think would be an appropriate amount to suggest?

North Carolina Neighbor

Dear Neighbor,

You did a nice thing. A helpful thing. A neighborly thing.

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