We are pleased you have selected the brokerage of Steel Valley Homes LLC to help you with your real estate needs. Whether you are selling, buying or leasing real estate, The brokerage of Steel Valley Homes LLC can provide you with expertise and assistance. Because this may be the largest financial transaction you enter into, its important to understand the role of the agents and brokers with whom you are working. Below is some information that explains the various services agents can offer and their options for working with you.
For more information on agency law in Ohio you can also contact the Ohio Division of Real Estate & Professional Licensing at: (614)-466-4100, or on their website www.com.state.oh.us
Most sellers of real estate choose to list their home for sale with a real estate brokerage. When they do so, they sign a listing agreement that authorizes the brokerage and the listing agent to represent their interests. As the seller’s agent, the brokerage and listing agent must follow the seller’s lawful instructions, be loyal to the seller, promote the seller’s best interests, disclose material facts to the seller, maintain confidential information, act with
reasonable skill and care and, account for any money they handle in the transaction. In rare circumstances, a listing broker may offer “sub agency” to other brokerages which would also represent the seller’s interests and
owe the seller the same duties.
When purchasing real estate, buyers usually choose to work with a real estate agent as well. Often the buyers
want to be represented in the transaction. This is referred to as buyers agency. A brokerage and agent that agree to represent a buyer’s interest in a transaction must: follow the buyer’s lawful instructions, be loyal to the buyer, promote the buyer’s best interests, disclose material facts to the buyer, maintain confidential information
and account for any money they handle in the transaction.
Occasional the same agent and brokerage who represents the seller also represents the buyer. This is refereed to as dual agency. When a brokerage and its agents become “dual agents”, they must maintain a neutral position in the transaction. They may not advocate the position of one client over the best interests of the other client, or disclose any confidential information to the other party without written consent.
Representing Both the Buyer and Seller
On occasion, the buyer and seller will each be represented by two different agents from the same brokerage. In
this case, the agents may represent the best interest of their respective clients. Or, depending on the company policy, the agents may both act as dual agents and remain neutral in the transaction. When either of the above occurs, the brokerage will be considered a dual agent. As a dual agent the brokerage and its managers will maintain a neutral position and cannot advocate for the position of one client over another. The brokerage will also protect the confidential information of both parties.
Working With the brokerage of Steel Valley Homes LLC.
The brokerage of Steel Valley Homes LLC may work with a buyer and seller of a property at the same time. Therefor, the potential exists for one agent to represent a buyer who wishes to purchase property listed by Steel Valley Homes, with the same agent. If this occurs, the agent will a dual agent. This means the brokerage and its managers will maintain a
neutral position and not take any actions that will favor one side over the other. The brokerage of Steel Valley Homes LLC will still supervise agent to assure that their respective clients are being fully represented and will protect the parties’ confidential information. In the event that both the buyer and seller are represented by the same agent, that agent and the brokerage of Steel Valley Homes LLC will act as dual agents but only if both parties agree. As dual agents, they will treat both parties honestly, prepare and present offers at the direction of the parties, and help the parties fulfill the terms of any contract. They will not, however, disclose any confidential information that would place one party at an advantage over the other or advocate or negotiate to the detriment of either party. If dual agency occurs, you will be asked to consent in writing. If you do not agree to your agent acting as a dual agent, you can ask that another agent in our company be assigned to represent you or you can seek representation from another brokerage. As a buyer, you may also choose to represent yourself on properties the brokerage of Steel Valley Homes LLC has listed. In that instance, The brokerage of Steel Valley Homes LLC will represent the seller and you would represent your own best interests. Because the listing agent has a duty of full disclosure to the seller, you should not share any information with the listing agent that you would not want the seller to know. Working With Other Brokerages
When the brokerage of Steel Valley Homes LLC lists property for sale, it also cooperates with, and offers compensation to, other brokerages that represent buyers. The brokerage of Steel Valley Homes LLC does reserve the right, in some instances, to vary the compensation it offers other brokerages. As a seller, you should understand that just because the brokerage of Steel Valley Homes LLC shares a fee with a brokerage representing the buyer, it does not mean that you will be represented by that brokerage. Instead, that company will be looking out for the buyers interests and the brokerage of Steel Valley Homes LLC will be representing your interests. When acting as a buyer’s agent, The brokerage of Steel Valley Homes LLC also accepts compensation offered by the listing broker. If the property is not listed with any broker, or the listing broker does not offer compensation, we will attempt to negotiate for a seller-paid fee.
Fair Housing Statement
Its illegal, pursuant to the Ohio Fair Housing Laws, division (H) of section 4112.02 of the Revised Code, and Federal Fair Housing Law, 42 U.S.C.A. 3601, to refuse to sell, transfer, assign, rent, lease, sublease, or finance housing accommodations, refuse to negotiate for the sale of rental of housing accommodations, or otherwise deny or make unavailable housing accommodations because of race, color, religion, sex, familial status as defined in section 4112.01 of the Revised Code, ancestry, military status as defined in that section, disability as defined in that section, or national origin or to so discriminate in advertising the sale or rental of housing, in the financing of housing, or in the provision of real estate brokerage services. It’s also illegal, for profit, to induce or attempt to induce a person to sell or rent a dwelling by representations regarding entry into the neighborhood of a person or persons belonging to one of the protected classes. We hope you find this information helpful. Once you are ready to enter into a transaction, you will be given an Agency Disclosure Statement that specifically identifies the role of the agents and brokerages. Please ask questions if there is anything you do not understand. Because its important that you have this information, Ohio law requires that we ask you to acknowledge receipt of this consumer guide. Your signature will not obligate you to work with our company, if you do not choose to do so.