Real Estate and Escrow Activities

ORS 696.815
Representation of both buyer and seller

  • obligations


A real estate licensee may represent both the seller and the buyer in a real estate transaction under a disclosed limited agency agreement, with full disclosure of the relationship under the agreement.


A real estate licensee acting pursuant to a disclosed limited agency agreement has the following duties and obligations:


To the seller, the duties under ORS 696.805 (Real estate licensee as seller’s agent);


To the buyer, the duties under ORS 696.810 (Real estate licensee as buyer’s agent); and


To both seller and buyer, except with express written permission of the respective person, the duty not to disclose to the other person:


That the seller will accept a price lower or terms less favorable than the listing price or terms;


That the buyer will pay a price greater or terms more favorable than the offering price or terms; or


Specific confidential information as defined in ORS 696.800 (Definitions) (3).


Nothing in this section implies a duty to investigate matters that are outside the scope of the real estate licensee’s expertise unless the licensee agrees in writing to investigate a matter.


In a real estate transaction in which different real estate brokers associated with the same principal real estate broker establish agency relationships with different parties to the real estate transaction, the principal real estate broker shall be the only broker acting as a disclosed limited agent representing both seller and buyer. Other brokers shall continue to represent only the party with whom the broker has an agency relationship unless all parties agree otherwise in writing.


The principal real estate broker and the real estate licensees representing either seller or buyer shall owe the following duties to the seller and buyer:


To disclose a conflict of interest in writing to all parties;


To take no action that is adverse or detrimental to either party’s interest in the transaction; and


To obey the lawful instructions of both parties. [1993 c.570 §5; 2001 c.300 §47]
Note: See note under 696.800 (Definitions).
Chapter 696

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Sales of subdivision lots by mobile home salespeople, (1975) Vol 37, p 865; sales or offers of interests in limited partnerships to invest in real estate, (1978) Vol 38, p 1971


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