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 RE/MAX Platinum and the Rowack Real Estate Team use the forms recommended by the NJ Association of Realtors and those mandated by the NJ Real Estate Commission and the Federal government. This assures compliance with the agreed upon best practices in real estate as well as any regulatory requirements.

Many clients appreciate having an opportunity to read these in advance of our listing meeting to be sure we address any questions or concerns that they may have.  You can download them directly from this site.

Real Estate Agency Disclosure or “CIS”

All licensed agents in the State of New Jersey are required to present a Real Estate Agency Disclosure to prospective clients at their first meeting. My responsibility as your agent is to work for you in your best interest and to represent you. That part is pretty straightforward.

Dual Agency Disclosure (Buyers)

When a single agent represents the seller and buyer on the same transaction it is called dual agency.  Because there is an opportunity for conflict of interest, the only way that I can provide that service is with written permission, in advance, from you and the seller. This form is only necessary if I am represent you the buyer and its one of my listings where I represent the seller.

Property Disclosure Document for Residential Real Estate

Although there are some exceptions, the New Jersey Real Estate Commission requires all sellers to provide certain information about their homes to prospective buyers. It is important to take the time to complete this form to the best of your knowledge.

Some sellers are worried that if they disclose something negative about their home it will be detrimental to the sale. My experience, however, suggests the opposite. Buyers know there is no perfect home and a property disclosure that is incomplete or contains multiple don’t know responses can  generate more questions and make buyers feel uncomfortable.  In addition, disclosure is a legal requirement; it’s not optional.  Buyers and their agents know that.  Whatever it is, this is the time to disclose it. As a buyer, you should always ask for it, should it exist. In most cases it will as a good agent will prep their sellers to have one ready.

Lead-Based Paint Disclosure

If a home was built prior to 1978 it is likely that lead-based paint was used in the home. The lead can cause health risks, particularly to young children, pregnant mothers, and pets if paint dust is breathed or paint chips are swallowed.

Since 1996 the Federal Government has required all owners of homes built before 1978 to disclose known lead-based paint hazards and provide copies of any related reports to prospective buyers. Sellers must also provide a pamphlet titled Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home published by EPA, HUD and the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and allow a 10-day period for inspections or risk assessments. The cost of these inspections is the responsibility of the buyer.

Statewide NJ Realtors® Standard Form of Real Estate Sales Contract

Once you are ready to make an offer, I will provide you with a contract to sign. Please note that an offer to purchase real estate, if accepted by the seller, is a legally binding contract. Before the deal can be closed, both parties now need to go through the process known as ‘attorney review’. Typically three business days in duration, this process allows attorneys (or the parties themselves, if they are acting as their own attorneys), to examine all fully executed contracts and to ensure that all documents are in place to ensure a successful sale.