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#452993 - 06/09/16 04:05 PM My broker is suing me after I decided to not sell my apartment
up_in_harlem Offline
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Registered: 06/09/16
Posts: 2
Loc: new york city
I live in NYC, own a coop. My selling broker decided to take me to civil court seeking $4500 for breach of contract. After 1 open house, a few offers and board interviews with the prospective buyers, my wife and I decided we needed to pause from selling, as our buying was working out and we had second thoughts.

I did not agree to any of the offers, did not sign any contract other the one with the broker. My attorney is confident that the provisions she added to his very flimsy first draft protects me. But I still need to show up at Civil Court.

He is suing both my wife and I, even though she did not sign a contract and only I own the shares of the coop. Its seems frivolous and vindictive.

Where can I complain to? This whole episode seems outside the norm.

Thanks for your input. Much appreciated.

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#452994 - 06/09/16 04:22 PM Re: My broker is suing me after I decided to not sell my apartment [Re: up_in_harlem]
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Registered: 04/12/08
Posts: 7507
Loc: Vermont's North-East Kingdom
It sounds as though your Agent presented you with a FULL PRICE Offer with NO Contingencies, and is therefore seeking a Commission for having completed his part of the Listing Agreement, and is claiming that you are now breaching the Contract ?

Your avenue for filing a Complaint is probably through the State of New York Real Estate Commission in Albany . . . . unless New York City maintains a separate apparatus for this. Your Attorney should be able to advise you on this aspect; but in the meantime, the Civil Court will have jurisdiction on the Agent's LawSuit.

It may be that he's got a legitimate basis for his Case.

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#452995 - 06/09/16 04:32 PM Re: My broker is suing me after I decided to not sell my apartment [Re: Vermont]
up_in_harlem Offline
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Registered: 06/09/16
Posts: 2
Loc: new york city
Thanks, no the offer was below our ask.

we'll see. $4500 is huge for us.


Edited by up_in_harlem (06/09/16 04:33 PM)

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#452996 - 06/09/16 04:47 PM Re: My broker is suing me after I decided to not sell my apartment [Re: up_in_harlem]
barb43 Offline
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Registered: 08/01/08
Posts: 1147
Loc: SW Okla
Please let us know how your case turns out . . . I'm not in New York, but these sorts of issues are always of interest wherever they occur.
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#452997 - 06/09/16 04:52 PM Re: My broker is suing me after I decided to not sell my apartment [Re: up_in_harlem]
David Hunter Offline
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Registered: 09/27/05
Posts: 1565
Loc: Cleveland, Ohio
Best of luck! Curious to hear how it goes.
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#454082 - 08/23/16 06:05 AM Re: My broker is suing me after I decided to not sell my apartment [Re: up_in_harlem]
Jenifer Soflous Offline
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Registered: 02/18/16
Posts: 24
Loc: Massachusetts, USA
Hi,

up in harlem. Just contact his brokerage(Association). Tell them about your situation. They may help you to go ahead with no loss or reduce the cost. All the best.

Always Read your papers before signing. Take Days to read if needed because it causes time, money and life.

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#456357 - 01/18/17 01:17 AM Re: My broker is suing me after I decided to not sell my apartment [Re: up_in_harlem]
Krishh Offline
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Registered: 01/18/17
Posts: 6
Loc: Montreal
The best part that you can do on this matter is notify this issue in their FB, twitter page ot post the review on a complaints board

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#456742 - 02/22/17 04:39 AM Re: My broker is suing me after I decided to not sell my apartment [Re: Krishh]
SahanaRai Offline
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Registered: 02/22/17
Posts: 1
Loc: Chicago, IL
Good Idea. It will help others to avoid this kind of situation. But this Seller has no other way i think.

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#456764 - Today at 07:48 PM Re: My broker is suing me after I decided to not sell my apartment [Re: up_in_harlem]
Doin' bpose Offline
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Registered: 01/27/09
Posts: 3348
Loc: Old Dominion
I was curious about who filed against you. Where I live the principal broker would have to file and the listing agent could not file even if she was a broker. Also do you have any updates.

Once I sued a seller as the listing agent. It never made it to court we settled. But when I told my broker what I was doing he informed me I had no ability to do that. I am glad I never made it to see the judge.

As an aside, I was contacted by the producers of Judge Joe Brown to appear on his show. I said no.
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