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An explanation of the relationship between you and your REALTOR®…

Buying or selling a home is probably the most important and potentially rewarding financial transaction you’ll make in your life. So it’s a good idea to take a moment and consider the kind of relationship you might be entering into with your REALTOR®. The more you know, the more satisfied you’ll be with the results.


How Realtors can Represent You:

A Client Relationship

REALTORS work within a legal relationship called agency. The agency relationship exists between you, the Client/Principal, and your Agent, the Brokerage with whom the REALTOR representing you, is licensed. The essence of the agency relationship is that the Brokerage has the authority to represent you in dealings with others.

A Customer Relationship

You may also choose to use the services of a REALTOR without any kind of agency relationship. This might occur, for example, when the Seller’s REALTOR is showing you a property.


Transaction Brokerage

Transaction Brokerage occurs when a real estate Brokerage or Designated Agent is representing both the Buyer and the Seller, as Clients, in the same transaction. Since the Brokerage has promised a duty of confidentiality, loyalty and full disclosure to both Clients simultaneously, it is necessary, if both Clients consent, to limit these duties in this situation.