I work in real estate. If a broker who is a goy makes a property known publicly that is for sale and after seeing their advert I want to contact the seller directly which will allow me to avoid paying the goy a brokerage fee, am I allowed to do this?
No, this is not permitted.
I understand that doing this will involve “stealing” the broker’s fee that deservedly goes to the broker. This is not permitted, for it is forbidden to steal from anybody.
This does not fit into the category of hafka’as halvaaso, which refers to passive action rather than active – though this is also a heter that should not be relied upon.