What is an Exclusive Property Listing?
When a property is listed with a Real Estate company in Malta, you may know by now that it can be listed either “Exclusively” (Sole agents) or as an Open listing. When a property is marked as “Exclusive” this means that the sale of the property is “Exclusive” to the one company which has it listed. For example, just imagine that company ABC Real Estate lists Apartment No. 1111 at Portomaso as an “Exclusive” listing – this means that the only agents that are able to advertise, conduct showings/open houses, and ultimately sell this property are ABC Real Estate. Viewing such properties with a different agent, could ultimately result in paying more commission!
In Many countries the norm is to list with only one agent, however in Malta, very often we find that people opt for Open listings, either not to offend friends or family members that work with other agencies by giving them equal opportunity to sell the proprety but also to increase the sales force by adopting a first come first served basis.
What Does An “Exclusive” Listing Mean For A Seller?
For a Seller, an exclusive listing has several advantages. The first advantage, is obviously a lower commission rate, which ultimately also benefits the buyer. Another worthy mention, is the fact that sellers get a more personalized service since the Sole agent will be more committed to make the extra effort to get your property sold. Locally, another tremendous advantage of listing Exclusively is that you will not have hundreds of agents and agencies wasting your time by showing your property to prospective clients without even being knowledgeable about what they are trying to sell. Exclusive listings are popular among sellers who prefer an added level of privacy during the home selling process. As Real Estate agents, we only have a couple of goals in mind when working with sellers – the obvious goal would be to sell your property for the best price and in the least amount of time possible. However, another important goal in selling your property would be to bring you the best possible and most suitable conditions (i.e. fair selling price, convenient closing dates, fair conditions. etc.) – and this is best achieved when working in a more personal manner.
What Does An “Exclusive” Listing Mean For A Buyer?
As mentioned above, as a buyer you will ultimately be paying less commission. Also, when properties are under an exclusive agreement you will most likely avoid a bidding war with other potential purchasers since the agency will be fully aware of other offers received.
Written by Stefan Consiglio – Manager at Pierre Faure Real Estate & Malta Property Auctioneers.