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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

As a client I much Prefer Dual Agency.

  1. Smoother deal
  2. No Agent Drama
  3. More coordinated deal.
  4. Much Less chance of the deal falling through.
Oct 30, 2016 10:34 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

Yes, almost 50% of my deals and yes I do recommend it. You do realize dual agency can simply mean two agents from the same office are doing adeal together, all the way down to I'm handling both sides of the transaction?


Oct 30, 2016 04:16 AM
Susan Laxson CRS
Palm Properties - La Quinta, CA
Realtor in San Diego, CA & Naples, FL

Yes, and it works very well when properly disclosed and agreed upon.

Oct 30, 2016 07:04 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Yes, it's legal in CT, but not in all states. We need disclosures signed by all parties. It can be tricky, but it works and it's great to be on both sides.

Oct 30, 2016 04:03 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Candida Torralvo Dual Agency is legal in my State and when properly disclosed the deals go smoothly.

Oct 31, 2016 02:35 AM
Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

I've been the dual agent a few times and it worked out VERY well for all of the reasons listed by Bob Crane .  With full disclosure and trust it can easily work with one agent and be split between two in the same office as noted by Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, CRS for those not comfortable with one agent assisting both. 

Oct 30, 2016 09:29 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I do 60% dual agency.  I treat each clientas I am only on their side.   19+ years and no complaints.

Oct 30, 2016 09:50 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I've had it quite a few times.  LOVE IT!  Want more of it.  It goes so much easier once you have control of both sides of the escrow.  No agents not returning your calls, no having to put "Buyer to give seller full visibility into their transaction/lender process" in the agreement.  SO.  MUCH.  BETTER.  No dealing with agents who don't know their ass from a hole in the ground.

Oct 30, 2016 04:21 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

It is not legal in all states. It is in Washington State.  It can be a win/win... or not, depending on the parties involved.   

Oct 30, 2016 04:02 AM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Dual agency can be a win, win, win for all parties. In Oregon, dual agency must be disclosed, but once this is done, the listing agent can fully represent the buyer as well as the seller.  Who can better show the home to the buyer than the listing agent? Who knows the issues to point out to the buyer better than the listing agent? The agent's fiduciary duty is to both parties, but as realtors we owe honesty  to all regardless in each transaction. We have many times successfully represented both buyer and seller in real estate transactions.

Oct 30, 2016 03:46 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Dual agency is legal in California when it is properly disclosed.  In California, dual agency is defined when the buyer and seller are represented by the same brokerage even if it is not the same agent.   Since I work with a large brokerage with multiple area offices, I have encountered this situation many times.   

As far as recommending -- that's not really the issue -- it just is(or isn't) and I like to have this discussion in my first meeting with a new client.  It needs to be disclosed to both the buyer and the seller.   There is a form that is acknowledged by all parties.   

Each state will have its own rules and procedures. 

Oct 30, 2016 03:21 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

We do not have dula agency in Oklahoma any more. The difficulty is in the explanation. What I have always told clients regardelss of representation is that it doesn't matter what you call it, we work for fairness in the transactions with no losers. I started in the era of subagency saying this.

Nov 29, 2016 05:20 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

We do not practice "single agent dual agency"

Oct 31, 2016 12:17 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

We can not act as a dual agent in Texas.  If the brokerage is going to represent both parties must do so as an Intermediary which carries it's own specific rules.

Oct 31, 2016 12:01 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Not often.

Oct 30, 2016 09:34 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR

Dual agency is commonplace around here.  I'm just careful when it happens

Oct 30, 2016 09:06 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Follow the rules in your state.

Oct 30, 2016 08:51 PM
Toronto, ON

Dual agency is known as multiple representation in Ontario.  It is at the brokerage level, not the agent level.  It is a common situation.

Oct 30, 2016 05:09 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Candida Torralvo - I have practiced dual agency several times - and it went well all the time - except once.

Oct 30, 2016 03:42 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

On average twice a year, if you follow the rules they work.

Oct 30, 2016 01:56 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@Properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

In Maryland, it's illegal for one agent to represent both buyer and seller in a transaction, and in DC, most of us are smart enough not to get greedy.  My personal feeling is that dual agency is a conflict of interest, and for new agents especially, it's a lawsuit waiting to happen.

Oct 30, 2016 01:08 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

      Dual Agency was legal in Florida some years ago. I never used it.

     Today, Florida Law permits "Transaction Brokerage", which is eerily similar to dual agency.   The Buyer or Seller does NOT get full confidentiality with Transaction Brokerage (see the Statutory Disclosure for specifics).

Oct 30, 2016 12:36 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I do not do dual agency. I have acted as a transaction broker for both the  buyer and seller and it went just fine.

Oct 30, 2016 12:08 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Yes. Many times. Although legal in CA. I avoid it. 

Oct 30, 2016 12:06 PM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

See Olga Simoncelli comment.

Oct 30, 2016 11:28 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Colorado removed dual agency years ago.

Oct 30, 2016 10:45 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

No, I avoid any dual agency situations.

Oct 30, 2016 09:31 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

It is legal here in AZ but agents must follow the stringent rules which many simply don't understand. On occasion I will do a dual agency if I know the parties and it feels right. And yes I do know when things just don't seem right and then I'll suggest they get their own representation.

Oct 30, 2016 09:19 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

It is fairly rare, and should be avoided in most cases.

Oct 30, 2016 07:59 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I'm in a personal dual agency situation maybe once every 15-18 months. I don't essentially like it as I consider it can be a conflict of interest. Fortunately, to-date when I've been a dual agent they were easy transactions and all parties were happy. As for being a dual agent because two agents from my company are involved, no difference to me than co-broking with another firm.

Oct 30, 2016 07:25 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Is the group that comes together able to be led by a competent agent? I answer that at that time. In theory yes. In application, must be tested first

Oct 30, 2016 07:04 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

In Florida they call it a "transaction broker", arguably close to dual agency!

Oct 30, 2016 06:47 AM
Harry F. D'Elia III
WEDO Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

I have been a dual agent a few times in Arizona. I just do the job.

Oct 30, 2016 06:39 AM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

In Florida the agency laws are such that many agents work with both the buyer and the seller. I did it often and it was fine. I have never done dual agency in Virginia.

Oct 30, 2016 06:18 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

we are listing agents and we always represent the seller....we will represent our seller as a buyer's agent when they buy locally.... the bottom line is "pick a side and stay there"....everyone deserves representation....provide it for one side.

Oct 30, 2016 04:36 AM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Chapter 1, Agency.

Oct 30, 2016 04:34 AM
Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Tampa, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Tampa Home Buyers

The only win-win in dual agency is for the agent that makes double the commission.

If dual agency were viable, every courtroom would have one attorney and two for each side.  There is a reason that attorneys do not represent both sides of a transaction...because it is a blatent conflict of interest.

Don't kid yourself, in real estate both parties have opposing interests.  Sellers wants the highest price and to fix nothing.  Buyer wants the lowest price and everything fixed. 

No way someone in the middle can do both... 


PS: ask yourself...would you rather have an agent that works solely in your best interest?  Or one that is talking out both sides?

Oct 30, 2016 04:06 AM