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Understanding Buyer Agency Laws

It's important to understand what legal responsibilities real estate agents and buyers have to each other and to other parties involved in a real estate transaction.

By law, a real estate agent must explain what type of agency relationship you, the buyer, will have with them and with the brokerage company they represent, and in order for the agreement to be binding, a buyer agency agreement must be signed by the buyer and the agent. A verbal agreement between a property buyer and an agent does not consitute an agency relationship. The agency relationship must be in writing and signed by both the buyer and the agent prior to any real estate service being performed. If a buyer agency agreement is not signed, the agent will be working as a facilitator, officially representing no one.

Once a buyers agency agreement is signed, their are certain duties your agent is required to perform. These duties and to whom they are directed to are listed below.

Duties owed to all parties include:

Duties owed to you, the buyer:

In addition, Town & Country, Inc Realtors® has adopted a Designated Agency policy. This means one agent has been "designated" to represent you. The agent you enter into a buyers agency agreement with will be your Designated Agent. Speaking only to your designated agent is in your best interest since all other agents of the firm do not officially represent you.

The agency relationship you have with your agent could change during the process of locating and purchasing property. For example, if your Designated Agent is also the listing agent on the home you wish to purchase, the agent will need to discuss with you your options since your Designated Agent has duties owed to both the buyer and the seller. This is necessary to ensure all parties involved are working in the best interest of those they have agreed to represent.

For more information about Buyer Agency in Tennessee, please read this consumer handout distributed by the Tennessee Association of Realtors.

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Katie Hale is a Realtor® with Town & Country, Inc. Realtors®, 1944 Hwy 45 ByPass, Jackson TN 38305, (731) 668-7000.

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