Securing Property Sole Mandates Many home owners benefit tremendously from booking a “property sole mandate.” However, they feel that if they let “multiple agencies market their home, they will increase their reach among potential buyers, enabling them to sell sooner. The truth is that it is often far more productive to sign a sole mandate, whereby you allow only one agent the space to secure the best sale—especially for those who are unfamiliar with the term. Sales mandates are exclusive contracts. Stipulating an allotted time frame during which you may not appoint another agent to market your property.


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When securing your property as a “sole mandate,” you may only appoint another agent. Once the sole mandate period has lapsed, you will still be entitled to market the property yourself. But only if confirmed in writing. You might be liable to pay a fee to the sole mandated agent (depending on the contract’s wording). Giving an agent a sole exclusive mandate, on the other hand, could mean that you will not be allowed to sell the property yourself privately.


If you choose an open mandate, You are undertaking exclusivity, which is thoroughly against the deal. Meaning there are various agents from a variety of agencies. Who will be marketing and trying to sell your property? Although this may sound like the option that will improve your chances of finding a buyer, it may bring about complications and increase the possibility of a possible double commission claim. An open mandate allows for a broader audience. However, it also opens the potential for confusion about which agent caused the successful sale.

Beyond the above-mentioned

Open mandates are often verbal agreements whereby a particular order constitutes a written agreement. Without agreements in place, misinterpreted aspects could cause conflict. A written contract protects both you and the agent, reducing the risk of any misunderstandings. A written agreement will also ensure the agent puts maximum effort into fulfilling the goals set. On many occasions, when agents are working on an open mandate, they might be less inclined to spend as much time marketing the property, which will reduce your home’s chances of selling.

Logistically, an exclusive mandate

Logistically, an exclusive mandate will take up less of your time. Because you will only have to liaise with and deal with one agent, not several. Mandates simplify the process, with far less time spent coordinating your schedule with the various agents and buyers. It is also better from a safety perspective, as only one agent will access your property. You may think that signing a sole mandate is restricting. The fact is, it’s an opportunity to make the process simpler. Take time to find a qualified real estate practitioner. He will work with you to do what is in your best interest, giving sound professional advice regarding Sabiepark and further assisting you to make the right decisions.


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