I am writing the BBB in an attempt to recover my earnest funds deposit from Metrobrokers of Atlanta.
My name is ****** *****, and I am writing this letter to inform you of unethical behavior of an agent of your office Mr. Awatt Awatt. I asked Mr. Awatt to find out the status of home in Forest Park, and if available to place an offer at the listing price. The home was available and we proceeded with the transaction. I received the purchase and sale agreement the following day. At first glance I was concern because the earnest money was listed as 2,000.00 on a sale of 65,000. I thought the earnest money suspiciously inflated. I was not sure if other offers were on the table so I went ahead with signing document. I had a relative to go out and inspect the home and neighborhood with Mr. Awatt. I received an adequate report from my relative. I contacted my home inspector who assigned both home and termite inspectors for review of property. The home inspection came back satisfactory for an older home. I chose to focus my attention on the termites, because I felt termites posed the biggest threat to my investment. I sent a copy of termite report to agent Awatt, asking that he apply termite treatment to sale agreement. *** ***** didn't include any of my concerns in the offer. *** ***** behavior was unethical he was more concerned about his commission, which he mentioned several times in our transactions. In *** ******** own words via email on 04/13/2016, he stated, "Since they did not have a formal agreement in writing promising to perform the repair requested, we cannot hold them to it. Verbal and email communication does not hold up in court. Let's hope for the best." My sale agreement for this property was based not on a contractual agreement, but a (let's hope for the best) agreement. Mr. Awatt behavior is unethical because he omitted my concerns to treat property for termites from the agreement. On 03/31/2016, I sent *** ***** the termite inspection report asking that treatment of termites be added to the contract. Mr. Awatt, see attached. the termite inspection report. there is evidence of termites at the home. Can you apply termite treatment for the home in the offer?
After performing all my duties in due diligence period, I was notified through email, that seller is withdrawing initial offer to treat termites. The seller changed his mind at the final hour of due diligence, and I received noticed the next day after they received my earnest money and due diligence was dead. Instead of Mr. Awatt supporting my concerns, he tried to convinced me that my termite inspection was substandard, stating that the home cannot have termites because it is all brick. This was very discouraging, the person who was supposed to be my support in defending my needs with this transaction seemed only interested in his needs (commission and earnings). After providing all necessary documents and earnest funds during due diligence, the buyer was blind-sided by the seller with last minute withdrawal of initial agreement to treat property for termites. After long and careful consideration of my position in this potentially bad investment, I asked my agent *** ***** to draw up the notice of termination of agreement of sale. This request did not come without much resistance from my agent Awatt, I was told that I would be sued for his commission and possibly lose earnest money. I was asked to write several letters stating why I was terminating sell. The sale was dead when seller decided to withdraw previous commitment to treat property for termites at the final hour of due diligence. The buyer who worked diligently with the bank and agent by providing all relevant information in a professional manner was threaten by Brokers of Metrobroker of Atlanta to reconsider terminating sale in order not to be sued for commissions and losing earnest money. The buyer who was transparent with all information, expectations, and funds was penalized and threaten with being sued for commissions and losing earnest money. I have no regrets of terminating sale, but I
I am writing this letter with intentions of claiming full refund of earnest money, and to publicly notify all persons who might consider using Metrobrokers of Atlanta in the future to be aware of such scams and unprofessional representation.