Therefore, real estate agents must fully disclose alternate agency relationships and all parties must understand the terms and give their full and explicit consent to remain compliant with the law. You`ve probably heard the phrase, “You can`t have your cake and eat it too.” But if you`ve already lost meaning, here`s a hint: if you eat your cake now, you don`t have the rest to be eager to eat later. That is, sometimes a person is forced to make a choice between two good options. In the world of real estate, the double agency breaks the rule of the cake: if your real estate agent also represents the sellers of the house you want to buy, you do not necessarily have to abandon them. In many cases, you can keep your agent and get the house too – if you wish, that is. The alternating agency occurs when the listing agent and the buyer`s agent are identical; This can happen if both work for the same brokerage firm. Intermediation benefiting from both sides of the transaction, it is the broker`s relationship with the buyer and seller that determines the dual agency. Dual Agency is not illegal in California, but it is a very non-existent area of real estate law. A dual agent is defined in California Civil Code §2079.139(d) as “an agent acting directly or through an associated licensee as an agent, for both seller and buyer in a real estate transaction.” California Civil Code §2079.17 defines advertising obligations for dual agents. My question is, what is your solution to avoid double agency? If you have an offer and a potential buyer calls you directly to see it, what is your protocol? Personally, I will show my own entry to a potential buyer (with the idea that the buyer does not usually buy this property), but as soon as the buyer has expressed interest in pursuing the house, I have a particular agent in my office to whom I will hand it over…

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