You can negotiate with the agent the amount of commissions, fees or other expenses you may have to pay. Before signing an agreement, it`s a good idea to talk to some agents to compare prices. Ask each agent for a printed list of their fees and commissions and the expenses they have calculated. For example, on Thursday morning, the agent will give you a copy of the unsigned agreement and this fact sheet that you read and review carefully. On Friday afternoon, sign the agency contract and waiver form. The agency contract becomes immediately mandatory and the agent can start selling your home. Before you can market your property, the broker must sign a contract with you called an agency contract. An agency contract is a legally binding contract and it is important that you read and understand it. If you are not sure about the contractual terms, you should seek legal advice. The agency contract must indicate the estimated amounts or amounts of these commissions or discounts on these services. You can negotiate with the agent to find out if you should pay the full amount.
You have the right to negotiate the terms of the contract and to demand changes permitted by law. Changes to the agreement must be signed by all parties unless the agent revises its estimated sale price for your property. The agent cannot charge you any fees or charges related to a duly cancelled contract. Any money you have already paid to the agent must be reimbursed to you. The cooling-off period begins from the signing of the agreement and ends at 5 p.m. on the following working day or Saturday. For example, if you sign the agreement on a Friday, the cooling-off period will end on Saturday at 5 p.m. If you register on Saturday, the cooling-off period usually ends on Monday at 5 p.m., unless it is a public holiday, in which case it will end on Tuesday at 5 p.m.
The cooling-off period gives you time to read the agreement, consider the terms you have agreed, including the agent`s fees, and get independent advice if you have any concerns. You may waive or waive your right to a cooling-off period by serving a separate waiver form when signing the agreement. The agency contract becomes mandatory if the contracting entity (i.e. you signed as the owner [seller/seller] of the property or someone who is acting legally for you) and the agent signed it. There is then a one-business day cooling-off period during which you can terminate (or “revoke” the agreement). Saturday is included for reflection time, but not on public holidays. Exclusive agency contracts are usually used for the sale of housing. In this type of agreement, you give a broker the exclusive rights to sell your property. This may entitle the broker to a commission if the property is sold during the fixed term of the contract, even if the property is sold by you or another broker. The broker may also be entitled to a commission if the property is later sold to a person who negotiated with the original broker for the property. The cooling-off period can only be waived if the agent has provided you at least one working day before signing the agency contract with the following documents: The agent may ask you to pay for advertisements, auction fees, cleaning, decoration or landscaping, if this is stipulated in the agreement.
If you wish to terminate the contract, you must note this in writing. Check your agreement to see how much notification you need to give…