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"Who signs the 'Working with a Realtor' brochure?"

"Who signs the 'Working with a Realtor' brochure?"

"I have a question regarding buyers signing the “Working with a Realtor” Brochure. Do buyers need to sign the brochure if there is no agency representation in a regular Exclusive/MLS listing (ie. Buyers are treated as customers in a double end situation.)? If yes, why developers do not require them to sign one when they purchase a project?"

Yes, you would have the buyer (who is a customer not a client) sign the working with the Realtor Brochure. It is your evidence and their acknowledgement that you have explained the various forms of agency representations available to them. It is particularly important where the buyer is not represented because often they are not aware of what that means – the brochure is a tool to explain what form of agency representation you will be offering them or they will be expecting.

As for developers having buyers sign – if the developer is acting as a For Sale by Owner (i.e. they have their own in-house sales staff) then they are not offering an agency relationship. If the developer is using a Realtor to market their property and that Realtor represents the buyer in a customer relationship, the Realtor should be asking the buyer to sign a brochure.

Finally, there is no law that can compel any buyer or seller to sign the brochure – these documents are our evidence that we have made the appropriate disclosures to the buyer and seller in writing. The law is that we must disclose in writing, not that the buyer must sign acknowledging. If the buyer or seller refuse to sign the brochure, you would put a notation in your file which that you had a conversation with the party on ____date____ and the party chose not to sign the brochure.

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