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  1. Kevin
    March 16, 2020 @ 8:52 am

    Sounds like great common sense advice to me.
    I believe the agreement vendors sign is the agreement designed for agents NOT the vendor.
    By placing a clause in an agreement like the one Mr Jenman suggests puts responsibilty back on the agent to get the best price.
    Also 90 days is too long. 60 days would seem to me best.
    Seems like a simple way for vendors to protect themselves.

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  2. mike lockhart
    March 16, 2020 @ 10:24 am

    I had a young “agent” approach me as I was thinking about selling my property but there was no urgency or “must sell”, he couldn’t have been more humble or polite, he was using me for practice but I didn’t know that at first, so I gave him 90 days at no cost to me, the only charge was to be his commission 3%. Things started to change after I signed, I did not agree to an ongoing contract, he put in his “online ad “must sell” I objected but he ignored my objection, he insisted that I should not be present at the weekly open house times, I asked why, he said “because they might ask questions I don’t want you to answer” I don’t think any of the people that he invited into my house were “real buyers” they might have been his mates from the pub who had nothing better to do, he did not mention any “offers”! This agent’s manner became annoying and dismissive, at the end of the 90 days I phoned the office and asked to have their sign removed as I did not wish to continue to be responsible for it, the agent became irate he claimed I owed him money etc. I sent a formal registered letter to the manager of the office telling to remove all claims that they represented my property, they did but their employee, the young agent refused to remove his false claim from FACEBOOK, I asked “admin” of Facebook many times to remove his claim but they claimed many excuses, one was that this is the only way I could continue to use Facebook for free, I don’t care if I never use Facebook again, they are frauds! The “stunt” is to collect all the names of people that make inquiries and then claim they are his “clients” so he try to charge me commission for nothing, my local police agreed and phoned this agent and put the matter to him, I was in the room during the conversation, the officer was polite and “eventually” was able to convince the agent to remove the misleading claim, I notice now the young agent is now referred to as a “sales consultant”!

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  3. Christina Cunningham
    March 16, 2020 @ 5:05 pm

    Thankyou Neil Jenman for your informative article. I have never read such a clearly stated and informative way of handling agents before.

    I have been stuck with agents in the past that slackened off once the go-ahead contract was signed and I had to put up with them, ie too slow advertising my house with the sign out the front, becoming bossy and only turning up twice a week if I was lucky with a potential buyer.

    Now I am armed with this knowledge even though I am now in my seventies I feel relieved. It’s much appreciated, thankyou, thankyou!

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  4. Alex
    March 19, 2020 @ 1:11 am

    Agents only care about agents, if they are due a payment on their Mercedes they would happily talk you in reducing the property price to make the sale and fill their pockets with your money. When will we wake up and realise in the age of internet they add no value.

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