Kathryn Lilly, Principal Broker
Realty on the Greene, LLC
It was pulling teeth in order for them to even work with a Buyer's Agent. They finally agreed only because my client was an all cash buyer and offered me a low ball flat rate regardless of the property value (looking back, having to deal with them wasn't even worth the paycheck)
Second, the Seller's Representative (he wasn't a RE Agent) literally screamed at the top of his lungs at both my client and I when we did our initial viewing and pointed out both major/minor issues of the property.
Third, they were late to EVERY appointment - including being 2 hours late to the Closing.
HUGE Red Flag #1: Undisclosed Address. If a home is listed legitimately, then the address will be present.
HUGE Red Flag #2: They refuse to work with a Buyer's Agent. If you as a Buyer are willing to walk into a deal where the property is already being suspiciously marketed, what makes you think this "under the table" party is going to represent YOUR interests in the transaction?
Unfortunately, this is a common trend in Brooklyn as greedy unscrupulous Listing Agents don't want someone representing the Buyer so they can slime their way through the deal and pocket YOUR cash.
As an Agent, I wouldn't recommend these companies to anyone.
There is a thing called REBNY, its the Real Estate Board of New York and they make the rules of Real Estate and how it should be practiced in a fair and ethical manner. If you are a REBNY member and you do not follow the ethical rules of New York you lose your real estate license.
So look for a comapany that is a REBNY member and if they are not then you know they do not join so they can operate willy nilly like the wild west
Karen Woelki, The Corcoran Group, REBNY member