When buying or selling property, you trust that your real estate agent and brokerage will diligently perform their duties and keep your interests at the forefront of their actions. However, misunderstandings or negligence can quickly lead to a dispute with a real estate agency. Having a dispute with your agency or brokerage can cause a great deal of anxiety and stress, especially since they are responsible for helping you through the important process of buying or selling property. When you have a complaint against your agent or brokerage, turn to a New Jersey real estate agency dispute attorney for help.

At The Epstein Law Firm, P.A., our real estate litigation lawyers in Hackensack, NJ work diligently to help our clients secure favorable outcomes to disputes and complaints that they have against their real estate agents or brokerage firms. We know that the real estate transaction process can be incredibly complex. Our firm will work diligently to help make the process easier after you have found yourself in the midst of a dispute with your agent or their real estate firm. We can advocate on your behalf, whether negotiating for a settlement to resolve the dispute or pursuing your rights and interests in court and a trial in a suit against your real estate agent. 

If you are having issues or a dispute with your real estate agent or brokerage, reach out to The Epstein Law Firm, P.A. for an initial case evaluation to learn more about how our real estate agent dispute lawyers in Hackensack, NJ can help to protect your rights and interests and pursue a resolution to your dispute that provides you with an outcome favorable to you.

What a New Jersey Real Estate Agency Dispute Attorney Can Do for You After Having Problems with Your Real Estate Agent

A New Jersey real estate agency disputes attorney at The Epstein Law Firm, P.A., can help you when you are having problems with your real estate agent or brokerage firm by:

  • Reviewing the details of your situation to determine if you have a valid claim against your agent.
  • Securing evidence needed to support your position in the dispute.
  • Advising you on your legal rights and options for resolving the real estate agency dispute, such as informally negotiating a resolution with your brokerage, filing a formal complaint with state agencies, or pursuing a legal claim to recover compensation for losses that you may have suffered due to your agent’s actions or omissions.
  • Negotiating on your behalf to try to secure a resolution of the dispute, such as securing compensation for losses or a credit on the fees you owe to the agency.
  • Taking your dispute to court or to trial if necessary to fully pursue your legal rights and options. 

Options for Filing a Complaint against a Real Estate Agent

If you find yourself having problems with or in the middle of a dispute with your real estate agent, the options you have for pursuing an informal or formal complaint against your agent and resolving your dispute include:

  • Contact your agent’s broker — the broker is the party that owes you the fiduciary duty, while your agent is an employee or contractor of the broker. The broker may be able to resolve any dispute between you and your agent, as many disputes arise from miscommunication or differing expectations about conduct and obligations. The broker may be able to smooth out any misunderstandings, or if a serious issue is identified, may be able to offer a resolution (such as a reduction in fees to offset any financial loss you suffered). 
  • Filing a complaint with the Better Business Bureau.
  • Filing a complaint with any voluntary realtors’ associations that your agent is a member of — the agent will likely list any logos of associations they are a part of on their business cards or letterhead. 
  • Reporting an agent to the New Jersey Real Estate Commission, the state agency responsible for licensing and governing real estate agents.

After pursuing these regulatory channels for reporting misconduct by your real estate agent, if you believe you have not obtained full relief from the dispute (such as having suffered financial losses), you may also consider filing a legal claim for compensation against the agent and brokerage.

Contact The Epstein Law Firm, P.A. for a Consultation with a Real Estate Agency Dispute Attorney 

After having problems or other legal issues with a real estate agency, contact The Epstein Law Firm, P.A. for a confidential consultation to speak with a New Jersey real estate agency dispute attorney to learn more about your legal rights and options for pursuing compensation or other relief after having issues or other problems with your real estate agency or brokerage.

Frequently Asked Questions About Real Estate Agency Disputes

When should I hire a real estate attorney?

Ideally, you should hire a real estate attorney early on in the home buying or selling process, in the event you quickly find a deal to make and need an attorney to review the transaction documents, conduct title searches, and represent you at closing. In addition, by having representation from a lawyer early in the process, you have a resource you can rely on in the event you run into a dispute with the real estate agency that you are working with.

How much does a real estate attorney cost?

For routine matters in the purchase and sale of property, such as reviewing transactional documents or attending the closing, a real estate attorney may only charge a flat fee for services. However, if you need representation from a New Jersey real estate agency disputes attorney for problems that you are having with your real estate agent or brokerage, your attorney will likely charge an hourly fee for their services and may require an upfront retainer from which the attorney’s fees are paid.


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