The most important thing you can do to secure a good agent is to ask them to get your name off the list, said John Hickey, president of the real estate firm Hickey Hickey and Co. He added that it’s important to know the agent’s reputation, which will be key to a successful negotiation.
Hickey said he has had clients who negotiated with him who had never worked with realtors before.
“That’s the biggest thing,” he said.
“Know what they think about you.”
Here are a few things you can expect when you call Hickey & Co. real estate agents.
• It’s common for agents to charge higher prices than their competition.
Hacking the system is not the same as cheating.
H&C does not disclose the agent fees or other costs charged to its clients.
• The agent can use a variety of tactics to get you to sign a document or submit an application.
They can try to persuade you to pay for the service with cash or with a check, he said, adding that they may also try to lure you with promises of better deals or services if you agree to a certain amount.
• They can threaten to cancel your loan if you don’t pay.
H & C does not comment on individual cases.
• Most agents also will try to pressure you into signing a contract without your consent.
They may offer you a discount on the purchase price, or promise you a better deal if you do sign the contract, or even threaten to sue you for any reason.
They also can ask you to provide information about your home or property, such as the address of a bank or other bank account, or to fill out a form or fill out an application to register a home appraisal.
• When you make an appointment, they may ask for your home address, phone number and other personal information.
You can’t refuse them.
The agent’s goal is to make you sign the agreement, Hickey explained.
You must be sure that they have everything they need to sign it, including the proper forms and forms of payment.
• A typical offer includes an “agreement” and a contract.
A “contract” is a legally binding agreement.
It must be signed by the person signing it.
A contract usually is signed in person by the client and must be confirmed by a legal representative of the client.
The client’s representative, usually a person with the same name as the client, then approves the contract.
You may also be required to sign another document, such a contract, to sign the other agreement.
When you sign a contract with a realtor, you agree that they will keep your personal information confidential and not sell or give it to anyone.
The information may be shared with the agent if needed, H&c says.
• If you sign an agreement and don’t sign the document, the agent will usually attempt to contact you.
They might contact you to ask you about a property, or suggest a better property.
They could also ask for a copy of the agreement and your signature on it.
This is called a “contact request.”
If the agent doesn’t respond within a few days, they will consider that you have refused their request.
If the realtor does not respond within 10 days, the realty will then call you again to try to arrange a meeting.
This could be an option if the agent offers you a new price, said Hickey.
• Once you agree, the person that has signed the contract will usually send you a letter saying the agent has agreed to a “negotiated price” and the client has agreed not to sell or use the information they provided in the agreement to the agent.
The letter will also tell you how to contact the agent, if you have any questions.
HICC does a little bit of everything to get the job done.
Hiccups office is right across the street from a realty that does business there, so they will know if there is any other property that needs to be appraised.
The realtorship will also send a letter to Hiccup, asking for details about the property that is appraised and what is the appraised value.
Hiccups real estate office is in a residential neighborhood that is mostly residential, and it is a good place to try out the realtorney if you are not sure about a particular property, said Paul Rafferty, a senior vice president at Hiccupp.
Hincks real estate real estate offices are open Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the real tress is open from 8 a to 5 p., during the week, and 7 a to 4:30 p. on the weekend.
The office is located in a busy residential neighborhood with high demand for the services of realtorturers, Rafferties said.