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Frequently Asked Questions
How does this work?
Mainly, there are two ways you can buy, sell or rent a property. First, you can do it yourself. The second way is when you hire a real estate broker. When you sign an agency agreement with a broker, you are officially hiring the broker—it's an employment agreement. In short, when you hire a licensed real estate broker to represent you in a real estate transaction, an agency relationship is created.
How much will this cost?
Compensation to the agency varies and is negotiable. We do not publicly quote fees or rates because we want to avoid claims of price fixing or anti-trust violations. Typically, broker commissions are paid from the seller's gross proceeds and at the time of closing. However, flat fee agreements and/or buyers paying commissions not paid by sellers can also occur. Each client is unique.
What areas do you specialize in?
We maintain razor sharp focus in servicing the following downtown Chicago areas: River North, Gold Coast, Magnificent Mile, Streeterville, LakeShore East, the Loop, West Loop, South Loop, Printer's Row, Randolph Market, Fulton Market, Greek Town, Museum Park, Prairie District, Old Town, East Lakeview and Lincoln Park.
Is my information confidential?
Yes. Privacy and confidentiality is one of our top priorities. Your information is never shared nor sold to outside vendors for any reason. It is centrally stored with our company to assist efficient and timely movement of your file.
Do you hold earnest money deposit?
Yes, we can hold earnest money. Although, typically we have the lawyer or escrow agent hold it. Escrow money is held in a non-interest bearing, FDIC insured, segregated account—as required by law. And can be audited by the State Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Transfer of buyer's earnest money to the closing agent for the transaction may be made up to two (2) business days prior to the scheduled closing.
What happens to earnest money upon cancellation?
A transaction exists once an agreement has been reached and a real estate contract or lease has been signed. For earnest to be returned, both parties to the contract must mutually agree in writing. Upon written approval from both parties to the transaction, we will initiate the return of earnest money by the end of the next business day.
If the release of escrow money is contested by one party, we shall continue to hold the deposit in escrow according to the State's Department of Professional Regulation Administrative Rules. If the principal parties to the transaction have not reached an agreement within six (6) months from the date of initial request—then we must turn the funds over to the State Treasurer.
Can you recommend an attorney if needed?
Yes. We can also recommend certified property inspectors and direct lenders if you need a loan. Moreover, we do not get compensated by the companies we refer you to. We recommend these professionals solely based on the quality of their work.
What is dual agency?
Dual agency refers to when the same broker represents both the buyer and the seller in the same transaction. For example, if you hired a broker to sell your property, then that broker is your agent. Meanwhile, a couple weeks later, that same broker gets a call from an investor who wants to hire the broker for buyer representation services. After viewing multiple properties, the investor decides they like the property you're selling. Although there was no way of originally predicting this, nevertheless, the broker is now in a dual agency scenario. And must have written permission from both the seller and the buyer to act as a dual agent on this transaction.
How do I start?
If you determine that we are the right fit for your wealth strategy, the next order of business is for you to sign an exclusive brokerage agreement that gives HK Luxury Realty the exclusive right to represent you in your real estate transaction. Freely start now.