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Test Your Knowledge – Working with Real Estate Agents Brochure

by admin on November 11, 2011

in Hot Topics,Questions & Answers

(Source: Reprinted from the November 2, 2011 edition of the N.C. REALTOR Report published by The NC Association of REALTORS)

QUESTION: A broker in my firm works with our local school board in locating and purchasing properties needed for school operations. The agency relationship started several years ago and has already been renewed several times. When appropriate properties are identified, the broker contacts the property owners, some of whom are represented by other brokers, and some of whom are unrepresented. My first question is whether the broker needs to provide a “Working with Real Estate Agents” publication to the school board each time the agency agreement is renewed. My second question is whether the broker needs to present the Working with Real Estate Agents brochure to the unrepresented sellers at first substantial contact?

 

ANSWER: The obligation to provide prospective buyers and sellers with the Working with Real Estate Agents publication is set forth in Rule A.0104(c) of the Real Estate Commission’s Rules. That section is silent on whether, in a renewal context, an agent must provide an existing client with another copy of the brochure. Legal staff at the Real Estate Commission has taken a common sense approach to this issue: in their view, if a listing agreement is being renewed with either no break or a limited break in the agency relationship, a new brochure does NOT need to be provided. However, if the break is long term, or if the individuals that the broker deals with at the school board change, a new brochure should be provided.

As for the second question, Rule A.0104(c) is clear: at first substantial contact directly with a prospective seller, the broker must provide a copy of the Working with Real Estate Agents publication. If that first contact is by telephone or email, the broker should mail the brochure to the prospective buyer “at the earliest opportunity thereafter, but in no event later than three days from the date of first substantial contact.”

(Source: Reprinted from the November 2, 2011 edition of the N.C. REALTOR Report published by The NC Association of REALTORS)

{ 3 comments }

Marcia V Holcomb November 15, 2011 at 8:26 am

I like these questions and answer emails. Keep up the good work. Great Reminders
thank you for your time to do this.

Pauline Thomas November 14, 2011 at 9:43 pm

Yes, each time,and all individuals

Bob Deans November 14, 2011 at 10:02 am

IF I WERE THE AGENT WITH A WRITTEN CONTRACT TO PERFORM SERVICES FOR THE LOCAL SCHOOL BOARD, I WOULD ASK THAT THE FORM BE MADE AN ATTACHMENT FOR REFERENCE AND CLARIFICATION OF THE TASK TO THE CONTRACT BETWEEN ME AND THE SCHOOL BOARD…i.e. CMA. THUS EACH TIME THE CONTRACT WAS PUT IN PLACE OR RENEWED, THE FORM WOULD ALWAYS BE A PART OF THE RELATIONSHIP.

NO COMMENT ON # 2 QUESTION.

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