Don't Forget To Prepare For Your Move

The Home-Buying Process

How Important Is A Roof Inspection?

Roof Leaks

Termite Damage

Understanding Key Elements of the Sales Contract

Understanding Maryland's Property Disclosure Law

Water In The Basement

What Questions Should You Ask An Agent?

What's More Important - The Price My House Sells For Or My Sellers Net?

What Will Make You Happy?

Why It's Important To Meet The Agent At The Office

Why Buyers Should
Have A Home Inspection

   Doug Barry, Associate Broker

                     Licensed in Maryland
  Direct Line 410-207-4751  Office 410-583-5700 

Important Terms Concerning Representation

AGENCY - An agreement creating a relationship whereby one party (the agent) REPRESENTS another party (the client or principal). The agent is obligated to completely look out for the best interests of the client.

AGENCY DISCLOSURE - A form that explains the various options the parties have concerning representation, and discloses to buyers and sellers whether they are being represented and what type of representation they are receiving. ALL real estate agents are required to present this form to ALL buyers and sellers of residential property at their first face-to-face meeting.

AGENT - In common usage this refers to the salesperson, however in reality, the agent is the broker that the salesperson works for. Both parties have the same level of responsibility to look out for the best interest of the client.

ASSOCIATE BROKER - Someone who functions as a salesperson, put has a higher level license. An Associate Broker has gone through a higher level of training and requires a minimum of three years experience.

BROKER - The top licensee in a company in each state. In Maryland they may also be referred to as the "Broker of Record". A company that operates in more than one state may have a separate broker in charge of the company in each state. A company may also have any number of "Associate Brokers," that operate as salespeople, but could become a broker of a company at any time, simply by applying for a broker's license.

BUYER'S AGENT - A broker or salesperson who is obligated to look out for the buyer's best interest. Generally, this requires the buyer to sign a contract which will obligate the buyer to work with that agent, but keep in mind, this is no different from what a seller is doing when they sign a listing contract, and will give the buyer the same advantage in negotiations that the seller has with their agent.

DUAL AGENT - An agent who is representing the buyer and seller at the same time, in the same transaction. In Maryland, only the broker of record in a company can be a dual agent. A party acting as a dual agent may not help either side (the buyer or seller) with their negotiations. The salespeople in Maryland are not considered dual agents, and may continue to represent their buyer or seller.

INTRA-COMPANY AGENT - In a dual agency situation in Maryland, only the broker or the company is considered to be representing both parties. The salespersons working with the buyer and seller are called intra-comapny agents and can still fully represent their clients.

PRESUMED BUYER'S AGENT - When no decision about representation has been made between a buyer and an agent in Maryland, the agent is presumed to be representing the buyer. Either party may end the presumed relationship at any time just by saying so. An agent may work as a presumed agent ONLY when showing houses listed with another company. An agent must also stop working as a presumed buyer's agent when the buyer wants to make an offer on any property, no matter what company it is listed with.

SELLER'S AGENT - A broker or salesperson who is obligated to look out for the seller's best interest. Traditionally, all brokers and salespeople were considered to be looking out for the seller, even if they were working with the buyer. In many circumstances, an agent may still be working in this capacity, so a buyer must be careful what they do or say around the agent. Before a buyer reveals anything affecting negotiations, they should make sure the agent is representing them as a buyer's agent.


The Benefits Of Using Just One Agent

Understanding Key Elements of Buyer Representation

Understanding Key Elements of Seller Representation

Understanding Maryland's Required Agency Disclosure

Who Represents You?


   Home Search   Buyers   Sellers   Relocation   Careers   Services   Area Info   Articles   About Me   Site Map   Contact