A buyer’s agency agreement is used to establish a contractual relationship between a prospective home buyer and their agent. The form provides security to the agent by guaranteeing them a commission if the buyer purchases a property. It also provides security to the buyer in that their agent is obligated to put their best interests first. The average term of the agreement is between six (6) and twelve (12) months, although any timeframe can be negotiated.
A buyer’s agent agreement is a legal form used in real estate to outline how an agent and their client will delve into the home-buying process. It identifies what needs to occur in order for the agent to receive their commission, whether they are the buyer’s only agent (i.e., an “exclusive” agreement), and if dual-agency is permitted, among other important clauses. The agreement is especially important for agents, as it prohibits their client from signing a contract with another agent “on a whim,” resulting in months of hard work going uncompensated.
A buyer’s agent assists their clients through every step of the home-buying process, which includes providing the following services:
- Learning about their client’s interests and preferences
- Researching potential properties & scheduling showings
- Educating their clients on the entire process
- Showing their clients various properties of interest
- Presenting offers and negotiating on behalf of their clients
- Preparing documents and handling the closing process
The form contains twenty (20) clauses, which cover important information on the parties, their duties and obligations to one another, and the length of the agreement.
This clause is found in almost all real estate contracts. It serves the purpose of identifying the date the document was written as well as the names and addresses of the buyer and the agent/agency.
Arguably one of the most important sections in the agreement, the “exclusivity” clause determines whether the buyer is limited to working with one (1) agent, or if they can enter into contracts with other agencies as well.
Establishes when the contract will officially begin and end. Also contains an area for establishing a “listing period extension,” which is a period of time (e.g., 30 days) after the end of the listing period where the agent may be owed a commission if the buyer purchases a property. The agent is only guaranteed a commission during the extension period if they spoke to or received information from the seller of the property that the buyer purchased.
Covers how much the agent is paid should their client successfully purchase a property that they helped them find. The section contains four (4) subsections, which cover 1) the amount the agent would be paid if the property is listed (has a seller’s agent), 2) the amount they’d receive if the property is unlisted, 3) if the agent will require a retainer (and if so, the amount of the retainer), and 4) the commission the agent would receive if they find the buyer a property that they end up renting.
A simple clause that lets the buyer choose whether or not they want their agent to keep their identity secret when presenting offers on properties.
This clause allows the buyer to either allow or restrict their agent from acting as a dual agent. “Dual agency” refers to the buyer’s agent representing both the seller and the buyer in a transaction; it is often considered “risky” due to the potential for a conflict of interest and is prohibited by law in some states. This can occur when the seller does not have their own agent due to selling the property on their own (FSBO).