This practice is indicative of agents treating each other unethically, and is harmful to our entire profession. Agents who choose to cut others out for the sake of greater commission aren't just cheating their seller. I see this as a short-sighted race to the bottom, and a practice that harms us all as real estate professionals.
It's not a new concept for builders to offer incentives in the form of upgrades to potential buyers. However, I've been astounded by other incentives that have recently popped up in the Toronto real estate market. For example, Kylemore Communities has been offering $35,000 towards any new BMW, with a purchase of one of their specific condo developments.