Texas Law Requires That We Show This To You

Texas Law Requires That We Show This To You

The title to this sounds a bit scary, eh?

Well, this is all about the Information About Brokerage Services form in the glorious State of Texas.

Here's my take on it:



Here's the text of the form in question:

Approved by the Texas Real Estate Commission for Voluntary Use

Before working with a real estate broker, you should
know that the duties of a broker depend on whom
the broker represents. If you are a prospective
seller or landlord (owner) or a prospective buyer or
tenant (buyer), you should know that the broker who lists
the property for sale or lease is the owner’s agent. A
broker who acts as a subagent represents the owner in
cooperation with the listing broker. A broker who acts as
a buyer’s agent represents the buyer. A broker may act as
an intermediary between the parties if the parties
consent in writing. A broker can assist you in locating a
property, preparing a contract or lease, or obtaining
financing without representing you. A broker is obligated
by law to treat you honestly.

IF THE BROKER REPRESENTS THE OWNER:
The broker becomes the owner’s agent by entering into an
agreement with the owner, usually through a written -
listing agreement, or by agreeing to act as a subagent by
accepting an offer of subagency from the listing broker. A
subagent may work in a different real estate office. A
listing broker or subagent can assist the buyer but does
not represent the buyer and must place the interests of
the owner first. The buyer should not tell the owner’s
agent anything the buyer would not want the owner to
know because an owner’s agent must disclose to the
owner any material information known to the agent.

IF THE BROKER REPRESENTS THE BUYER:
The broker becomes the buyer’s agent by entering into an
agreement to represent the buyer, usually through a
written buyer representation agreement. A buyer’s agent
can assist the owner but does not represent the owner
and must place the interests of the buyer first. The owner
should not tell a buyer’s agent anything the owner would
not want the buyer to know because a buyer’s agent must
disclose to the buyer any material information known to the
agent.

IF THE BROKER ACTS AS AN INTERMEDIARY:
A broker may act as an intermediary between the parties
if the broker complies with The Texas Real Estate License
Act. The broker must obtain the written consent of each
party to the transaction to act as an intermediary. The
written consent must state who will pay the broker and, in
conspicuous bold or underlined print, set forth the broker’s
obligations as an intermediary. The broker is required to
treat each party honestly and fairly and to comply with
The Texas Real Estate License Act. A broker who acts
as an intermediary in a transaction:
(1) shall treat all parties honestly; 
(2) may not disclose that the owner will accept a
price less than the asking price unless authorized in
writing to do so by the owner; 
(3) may not disclose that the buyer will pay a price
greater than the price submitted in a written offer
unless authorized in writing to do so by the buyer; and
(4) may not disclose any confidential information or
any information that a party specifically instructs the
broker in writing not to disclose unless authorized in
writing to disclose the information or required to do so
by The Texas Real Estate License Act or a court
order or if the information materially relates to the
condition of the property. 

With the parties’ consent, a broker acting as an
intermediary between the parties may appoint a person who
is licensed under The Texas Real Estate License Act
and associated with the broker to communicate with and
carry out instructions of one party and another person who
is licensed under that Act and associated with the broker
to communicate with and carry out instructions of the
other party.

If you choose to have a broker represent you, 
you should enter into a written agreement with the broker
that clearly establishes the broker’s obligations and your
obligations. The agreement should state how and by
whom the broker will be paid. You have the right to
choose the type of representation, if any, you wish to
receive. Your payment of a fee to a broker does not
necessarily establish that the broker represents you. If you
have any questions regarding the duties and
responsibilities of the broker, you should resolve those
questions before proceeding.


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