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Piretti Real Estate Office Policy 

PIRETTI REAL ESTATE was begun in May of 1978 by Peter and Mary Jo Piretti to service the real estate needs of the local community and to introduce the area to those interested in making the Berkshires their home.  Always aware of the uniqueness of our area, we take pride in our knowledge of the local market and all that our community has to offer.  Our purpose is to assist buyers and sellers in the purchase or sale of a home in an honest and forthright manner.  We believe that honesty and integrity are of primary importance in our relationship with our clients, customers and colleagues and to that end we offer the following explanation of the Agency relationship that exists when doing business with Realtors in this office:

  • Seller's Agent: when listing a property for sale, Piretti Real Estate and its associates represent the seller.  The agent owes the seller undivided loyalty, reasonable care, disclosure, obedience to lawful instruction, confidentiality and accountability, provided, however, that the agent must disclose known material defects in the real estate.  The agent must put the sellers’ interests first and negotiate for the best price and terms for their client, the seller.  An “Agency Disclosure” form must be signed  prior to listing a home for sale with a Seller.
  • Sub-Agent: Piretti Real Estate does not act as a sub-agent when viewing other agencies listing, but rather acts as a buyer’s agent.    They also do not offer compensation to sub-agents who are working with buyer-customers to view Piretti Real Estate listings, due to the potential for “vicarious liability” for the seller (both Seller and Seller’s Agent are liable for the acts of the sub-agent with regard to their transaction when sub-agency is allowed).  
  • Buyer-Agents: Buyers working with Realtors of this office will be represented as “buyer-clients” and their best interests will be our prime objective, unless viewing properties that are listed with this office.  In which case, the following type of agency will apply, with permission of all parties:

    Disclosed Dual Agency: It is the preference of Piretti Real Estate to represent only one party in a transaction.  Our intent is to act as a single agent because it is very difficult to represent both the Seller and the Buyer without a conflict of interest.  However, there are situations which arise that could create a dual agency relationship (such as when we act as a buyer agent and show a property that has been listed by this office). If such a situation should occur during the marketing of your property or the showing of property as a Buyer-Agent to a buyer client, we will disclose it to all parties, discuss the situation and then at that time have all parties to the transaction acknowledge and assent to our role as a disclosed dual agent.  All this will be done with written permission and full knowledge of what role Piretti Real Estate will play if we act as a dual agent: under a dual agency relationship, the agent limits his/her fiduciary duties by not disclosing ay confidential information or by advocating for either party to the detriment of the other party in the transaction.  When listing a buyer or seller, disclosure is made to them that company policy is one of disclosed dual agency should the buyer decide to purchase a seller client’s property.  At the time of the listing, a “consent to dual agency” shall be signed, in case the situation should arise.  When dual agency does occur, all parties are required to sign an additional form,  “notice of dual agency”. 

    Limited Agency, Non-Agency and Transactional Brokerage are not commonly practiced by this office but may be reviewed on a case by case basis.

Fee Structure: It is the belief of Piretti Real Estate that it is in our clients’ best interests to cooperate fully and compensate equally buyers’ agents or facilitators,  with the permission of the seller.   When Piretti Real Estate acts as an agent of the buyer, they will similarly attempt to have the fee come from the proceeds of the sale, with the permission of the seller and the listing agent.  However, if this is not possible, the buyer will be responsible for the fee due their agent.

Our goal is to find the perfect match of buyer to home and make the transition a smooth one for all concerned.  We strive to treat all of our clients with professionalism so that the purchase or sale of their home will be a positive experience.

This office is a member of the National and Massachusetts Association of Realtors as well as the Berkshire County Board of Realtors and its Multiple Listing Service which provides access to all properties in the County that are listed with the service and affords sellers the opportunity to expose their home to over 500 Realtors locally.  We also list our properties on Realtor.com and Pirettirealestate.com,  exposing the property to the entire internet community…an excellent marketing approach.

Mary Jo Piretti Miller

Mary Jo Piretti Miller is the Broker/Owner of PIRETTI REAL ESTATE, a graduate of Lenox Memorial High School and a 1971 graduate of the College of New Rochelle with a Bachelor of Arts Degree.  She is a member of the Massachusetts and National Associations of Realtors and a past member of both Boards of Directors.  She completed advance educational requirements for the designation GRI (Graduate, Realtors Institute) in 1993.  Mary Jo was chosen as the Berkshire County “Realtor of the Year” for 1997.  In addition to her activities in the local and State Associations, she is an active member of the community and served as the President of the Lenox Library Board of Managers from 1999-2002 and is a member of its 150th  Anniversary Fundraising Committee, a member of the Lenox Chamber of Commerce, the Central Berkshire Chamber of Commerce, a Director of Legacy Banks and a member of its Credit-ALCO Committee, a member of the Legacy Banks’ Charitable Foundation, former member of the St. Ann’s Parish Council for six years and past President of the Lenox Elementary Parent Teachers’ Organization.  She is the mother of three children:  Hannah, a social worker and counselor of children and adolescents (and mother of Charlie Josephine), Luke, a Chiropractor in Boston and Conner a graduate of Boston College, now living in Denver and working in property management.  She is married to Leonard A. Miller, a retired teacher in the Berkshire Hills Regional School system, owner of Sports School Day Camp and father of Leonard, Jr., Cathleen and Shane, and grandfather of Tyne, Sam, Claire and Ben.

Dave Sefcik

Dave Sefcik is a life long resident of Berkshire County having lived in Williamstown for thirty four years and Lenox for the past twenty five years. A graduate of McCann Tech in North Adams, Dave holds an associate’s degree in computer science from Berkshire Community College and is a Navy veteran. Before launching a career in Real Estate, Dave built a career in Information Systems working for four Berkshire businesses, the last of which was KB Toys for thirty years. At KB Dave held the position of Director of Store Systems and Network Services. Dave’s community activities include ten years as the Finance Officer for the Williamstown Post 152 American Legion; two terms with the Lenox School Committee; past President of the Southern Berkshire Educational Collaborative; and twelve years of teaching religious education with St. Ann’s parish in Lenox. Dave is a serious amateur photographer and is a past president of the Berkshire Museum Camera Club. Dave and his wife Nancy, a second grade teacher in Lenox, have two grown daughters; Emily of Adams, MA and Hilary of Shrewsbury, MA.; two grandchildren and two step grandchildren.

All information provided to you through our Web site is believed to be accurate, but should be verified prior to purchase. This offering is subject to errors, omissions, change of price, or withdrawal without notice.