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BUYER AGENCY IN GEORGIA

WHO REPRESENTS WHOM?

AGENCY LAW - WHO REPRESENTS WHOM?**

First as a buyer you have to understand the process.  In a routine real estate transaction, usually the real estate agents represented the party who has signed an agreement with them to market their home, i.e. the seller. It is important that you realize, as a purchaser of real estate, that times have changed. REALTORS® can now legally represent the buyer.  REALTORS® have always had a responsibility to you to be honest and ethical in presenting property to you and are required to divulge ALL KNOWN facts and defects about a property in order for you to make an intelligent buying decision. A listing agent however, at  no time can they give you any information detrimental to the seller, and they must pass on to the seller any information they have about you, such as your willingness to pay more for a property than your offer indicates. You may, however, enter into a written agreement with the Agent to have him or her act on your behalf. This is called "Buyer Agency or buyer representation."

Ellen and I choose to offer Buyer Representation, and will specifically represent you, as our client, in the buying process, if you wish. As members of the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council (REBAC), we’re skilled in providing excellent representation for buyers. The law requires that we have a written agreement, stating our mutual obligations. Under such an agreement, we have a legal duty to divulge to all parties that we are working under a "buyer agency" agreement. Under such an agreement, your interests will be represented. Costs are typically paid from the sellers’ funds at closing. A retainer fee is usually charged, which is credited to your costs at closing.

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