This is referred to as transaction brokerage. Transaction brokerage is a service option when your Real Estate Agent represents a buyer client interested in purchasing the property in which you are the seller client. The reverse is also true – transaction brokerage is a service option when you’re interested in buying a property and the property’s seller is also represented by your Real Estate Agent.
When a Real Estate Agent works on behalf of only one client in a transaction – the buyer or the seller – they have legal responsibilities, which include:
Transaction brokerage changes the services your Real Estate Agent is able to provide to you and to the other party in the transaction. A Real Estate Agent who is working with both the buyer and the seller in a transaction cannot fulfill all of their legal responsibilities because there is a conflict between the best interests of the buyer and those of the seller. The buyer wants to pay as little as possible for the property, while the seller wants to sell their property for the highest possible price. It is impossible for a Real Estate Agent to advocate for and represent the best interests of a buyer client AND seller client in the same transaction.
This is when and why transaction brokerage becomes an option. In transaction brokerage, the real estate professional will provide facilitation services to you and the other party. These services include:
A transaction facilitator has to treat both parties in an even-handed, objective, and impartial manner. They must remain neutral, not advocate for either you or the buyer, and they cannot provide confidential advice.
Before a Real Estate Agent proceeds with transaction brokerage, both the buyer and the seller need to provide their informed consent by signing an Agreement to Represent both Buyer and Seller. Informed consent means each client understands the facts, implications, and future consequences of providing their consent. You do not have to consent to transaction brokerage. If you don’t consent to it, or the other party doesn’t, there are other options available to you such as seeking representation from a different Real Estate Agent.
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