I had a property that required foundation work, I called Mr Foundation for a second quote. I was charged a $250 fee for the quote despite advertising free quotes. The quote that I received was double my first quote. Not sure if he really how there could be such a discrepency. Any how I would definately get a couple of quotes and don't pay for quotes. Its not a common practice.
The property was not outside of the Ottawa bounderis and I not sure what is meant by a real estate fee but the properties is a new investment that was bought and required foundation work. The home had a sold sign sold sign in the front,so I don't see what the difference is. If the quote was anywhere comparable, I would not think it is a dishonest practice but when you go from $37 000 to $89 000 for less work something is grossly wrong. The other contractor did a very thorough quote was with me at the property for over an hour and we went through and discussed several option as well as they had more score of work of enlarging the window wells and changing out the windows (supplied by myself) .