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In this document:
Ward Estates means Lisa Ward, trading as Ward Estates.
The Vendor means all those persons who own the property, who shall be liable jointly and severally to pay the fees.
The document headed Ward Estates Agency Agreement and the conditions set out therein constitute the contract between the Vendor and Ward Estates. Any additional terms will be incorporated within a separate letter addressed to the Vendor or the Vendor's agents.
Commission is payable to Ward Estates on the total sale price of the property, which shall be deemed to include any additional sum agreed for carpets, curtains, fixtures and fittings.
The Vendor becomes liable to pay commission to Ward Estates on the occurrence of any of the events set out in Clauses 5.2, 6.1, 6.2, 7.2, 8.2 and possibly 10 below and payment becomes due on the date of completion of the sale of the property. For the avoidance of doubt if any contracts are exchanged which are conditional and any conditions are not fulfilled such that completion of the property does not take place, then no commission is due to Ward Estates.
Ward Estates reserves the right to charge interest on overdue commission (both before and after judgment) at the rate of 3% above the National Westminster Bank base rate as varied from time to time.
All fees and expenses will be subject to VAT at the prevailing rate.
3. Energy Performance Certificate
Government legislation requires sellers to commission an EPC prior to marketing. Ward Estates offer various options, the details and costs of which will be discussed and agreed in advance and then confirmed in writing at the point of instruction.
4. Marketing Expenses
Responsibility for marketing costs where applicable (e.g. special advertising brochures, professional photography, national advertising etc.) and other expenses will always be pre-agreed with the Vendor with an estimate of costs given and confirmed in writing. Where it is agreed that the Vendor will pay for these additional costs and expenses they will be payable in advance of any such orders being placed.
5. Sole Agency
This means that the Vendor appoints Ward Estates as the only agent for the sale of property.
The Vendor shall pay to Ward Estates the sole agency commission (being the sole agency percentage specified in Ward Estates's Agency Agreement, of the total sale price of the property, or such other percentage or sum as may be agreed and confirmed in writing by Ward Estates) if contracts for the sale of the property are exchanged (whether during the period of the sole agency agreement or at any time thereafter) with a buyer who was first introduced to the purchase, during the period of the sole agency by Ward Estates or another agency within 6 months of the date instruction ended. If no other agent is involved this time limit extends to 2 years.
6. Multiple Agency
This means that the Vendor is free to enter into separate agreements for the sale of the property with more than one agent.
The Vendor shall pay to Ward Estates the multiple agency commission (being the multiple agency percentage specified in Ward Estates's Agency Agreement of the total sale price of the property, or such other percentage or sum as may be agreed and confirmed in writing by Ward Estates) if contracts for the sale of the property are exchanged (whether during the period of the multiple agency agreement or at any time thereafter) with a buyer first introduced to the purchase by Ward Estates.
7. Joint Sole Agency
This means that the Vendor appoints Ward Estates and one other named joint sole agent to act in conjunction with one another for the sale of the property.
The Vendor shall pay to Ward Estates the joint sole agency commission (being the joint sole agency percentage specified in Ward Estates's Agency Agreement of the total sale price of the property, or such other percentage or sum as may be agreed and confirmed in writing by Ward Estates) if contracts for the sale of the property are exchanged (whether during the period of the joint sole agency agreement or at any time thereafter) with a buyer first introduced to the purchase by Ward Estates, the named joint sole agent or any other agent during the period of the joint sole agency.
8. Term And Termination
In circumstances where Ward Estates have agreed with the Vendor a specified term for the duration of the agreement between them, which is set out in Ward Estates's Agency Agreement, or has been confirmed by Ward Estates in writing, that agreement will continue at the end of the agreed period until/unless cancelled by either party in writing.
If there is no such term agreed in accordance with Clause 8.1 above, either party may terminate the agreement on giving not less than 14 days written notice to the other.
9. Dual Fee Liability
There may be a dual fee liability if:
Another agent had previously been instructed to sell the same property on a sole agency, joint sole agency, or sole selling rights basis; or
Another agent is instructed during or after the period of an agreed sole agency, joint sole agency or sole selling rights basis with Ward Estates.
10. Statutory Obligations/Codes Of Practice (aaafinewatches.com )
Curchods comply strictly with the provisions of the Estate Agents Act 1979, the Consumer Protection Act 2008, the Codes of Practice of the National Association of Estate Agents and The Property Ombudsman (www.tpos.co.uk).
Ward Estates are required to disclose to prospective buyers any connection that the Vendor may have with Ward Estates or any member of Ward Estates staff so that all parties to any transactions are aware of possible conflicts of interest. The Vendor must inform Ward Estates if any such connection exists.
11. Sales Particulars
On receipt of instructions from the Vendor, Ward Estates will prepare sales particulars of the property which will be forwarded to the Vendor for checking and signing off. The Vendor is required to ensure that these particulars are accurate and in no way misleading.
12. For Sale Board
With the consent of the Vendor, Ward Estates will erect a 'For Sale' board outside the property. It may be an offence for more than one agent's board to be displayed and the Vendor agrees that no other board is erected.
13. Ward Estates's Services
In addition to the sale of property, Ward Estates offer a wide range of property related services which may be offered to the Vendor and/or to prospective buyers and from which Ward Estates may receive fee income and commission.