Signing the listing agreement

Signing the listing agreement officially gives me the green light to start selling your home. See what's involved.

The "Listing Agreement" authorizes your Real Estate Sales Rep. brokerage to market and sell your home.

This agreement serves three purposes.

1- It defines your relationship, including the limits of your Sales rep. authority.

2- It provides detailed information about your home which can be placed on a real estate Board's MLS® System to help potential buyers find you.

3- It forms the basis for drafting offers on your home.

 Highlights of the Listing Agreement Authority: This describes the legal relationship between you and the real estate brokerage, and sets a time limit for the real estate sales rep. to sell your home.

 Exclusive or Multiple Listing Service®: "Exclusive Listing" means that only your brokerage can find a buyer for your home. Real Estate Sales rep. generally recommend a "Multiple Listing", which allows them to put your home on a real estate Board's MLS® System - a great tool to market your home and help find a buyer.

 Price: You have the final say in setting the asking price, but your Real Estate Sales Rep. will have very useful advice on what price will attract buyers.

 Real estate commission: This may be a flat fee or a percentage of the final sale price. The compensation is agreed upon between you and the individual brokerage.

 A physical description of your property: Your Real Estate Sales Rep. will itemize the lot size, your home's age, the style of construction, number and size of the rooms, and any outstanding selling features such as "backs onto ravine" or "fabulous kitchen renovation". Legal information: This includes the lot number, land surveys and the zoning code.

 Financial information: Let people know the numbers like the minimum deposit you require or if you have a low-interest rate mortgage that can be assumed.

Completion date: This lets everybody know how long you need to move out once your home is sold. 60 or 90 days is typical, but if you can be flexible this may help sell your home faster.

 How the home will be shown: Your Real Estate Sales Rep can make the arrangements for viewing appointments. Any specific instructions can also be noted.

 What exactly is included in the price: Chattels and fixtures Chattels are moveable items like washers and dryers, microwaves and window blinds. They're not automatically included in the sale, but sellers will often include them to sweeten the deal.
Fixtures are permanent improvements to a property like central air conditioning, installed lighting and wall-to-wall carpeting. Fixtures are assumed to be included in the sale of the home unless you note otherwise. The line between chattel and fixture can get blurry, so go over every item with your Real Estate Sales Rep.