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Connecticut Agency Representation Laws

The state of Connecticut's Real Estate Licensing Regulations require real estate licensees to enter into a written agreement with a buyer prior to negotiating on behalf of that buyer.

In Connecticut, without a written buyer representation agreement:

  • A buyer agent cannot request confidential information for the buyer
  • A buyer agent cannot express opinions or provide advice about any particular real estate
  • A buyer agent cannot show you homes listed by other brokerage firms
  • A buyer agent cannot discuss an offer with you, the buyer
  • A buyer agent cannot negotiate for you, the buyer, on any terms of a purchase

It is a violation of Connecticut's Real Estate Licensing Regulations for a real estate agent to provide any of the above services without a written representation agreement.

When buying a home in Connecticut, it is imperative to sign a buyer representation agreement with the real estate agent you wish to represent you in the transaction.  Only with such a written agreement can that agent then provide you the full level of services you deserve and need.  Once the written representation agreement is signed:

  • Your buyer agent will be able to discuss your confidential information with you
  • Your buyer agent will be able to express opinions and provide advice to you on particular real estate
  • Your buyer agent will be able to show you all available homes, regardless of who is the listing brokerage
  • Your buyer agent will be able to discuss an offer with you
  • Your buyer agent will be able to negotiate for you on all terms of the purchase of your new home.

 

Comment balloon 2 commentsDon Fabrizio-Garcia • January 15 2007 01:43PM

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Can I call a sellers agent and ask them to show me the home they are selling? In other words, do I have to have a buyers agent in order to ask sellers agents to show me their mls listings or can I ask to see them on my own? 

Posted by Heather about 11 years ago

Heather - a listing agent can certainly show you their listings without a buyer representation agreement.  However, they will be representing the seller only, not you as the buyer.  They will have to maintain the best interest of the seller, not you.  It would be the same as you visiting an open house.

While the listing agent must treat you honestly and fairly, if you are an unrepresented buyer, the listing agent must put the seller's interests first, and negotiate for the best terms and conditions for the seller, not you.

Why not hire a buyer agent to represent you and your needs?  Then that agent can show you all listings, negotiate on your behalf, and offer your full representation on what will probably be your largest financial transaction.

Posted by Don Fabrizio-Garcia, Owner/Broker/Trainer - Fab Real Estate (Fab Real Estate) about 11 years ago

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