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.