Rachel Greene, Student here! Looking to learn as much as I can (Agent Professor Real Estate School)

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Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

To not screw them up. Article 26 of the Arizona Constitution does permit real estate licensees to prepare contracts incidental to a real estate transaction. In that respect we are unique compared to the rest of the country.

Feb 07, 2018 11:14 AM
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Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Depends on the state. In some states attorneys prepare them. Real estate agents do NOT prepare contracts... they are not attorneys. They fill in blanks on contracts. 

Feb 07, 2018 10:42 AM
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Corinne Guest, Managing Broker
Barrington Realty Company - Barrington, IL
The Best in Buyer Representation

Find out what your client wants and fill in the blanks to reflect that. Also to explain the content of the contract to your client before they sign it!

Feb 07, 2018 11:35 AM
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Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT
PETER TESTA

For most deals you would send out a Contract Information Sheet to the Attorney with the Signed Offer to Purchase, Copy of the Deposit Check, signed Disclosures, Buyer's preapproval, the MLS Data Sheet & any other pertinent deal documents. 

When it's a Short Sale of Foreclosure I'll usually be the one writing the Contract in which case I will use the State Sanctioned Real Estate Purchase Contract.

Feb 07, 2018 11:33 AM
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Joseph Domino 480-390-6011
HomeSmart - Scottsdale, AZ
Real Estate Made Easy

There is no one right answer to this question. It depends.

In some states, the agent only negotiates the main parts of the deal, ie; price, closing date, financing, etc. Then passes it to an attorney whose job it is to write the contract.

In other states, the agent may complete a pre-written contract.

However, I have seen many agents that think they are attorneys and write their own modifications or clauses to the contract. Most of the time, they do a poor job and the result is unpredictable at best.

Feb 07, 2018 11:22 AM
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Knowing what they are doing and filling in the blanks accoring to their clients wishes.

Feb 07, 2018 10:43 AM
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
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accuracy... A typo on $ can cause a dismissal. You are fired. 

Feb 07, 2018 10:41 AM
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

You have many great answers here Rachel Greene Good luck with class.

Feb 07, 2018 02:42 PM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Rachel Greene In my State, the agent fills in the blanks of a contract and can write Addendums/Amendments to the contract. It is important to be familar with each paragraph in the contract not to give legal advice, but to inform the client to what they may be signing.

Feb 07, 2018 01:32 PM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing

Exactly what Candice A. Donofrio , and if you are new at this have the broker review before you show it to anyone.  A

Feb 07, 2018 01:31 PM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
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Follow the rules in your state.

In Maryland, the agent completes the contract.

Feb 07, 2018 01:24 PM
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Fred Griffin
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Fill in the blanks. 

     Start writing in your own clauses, etc. and you can be charged with Unauthorized Practice of Law

Feb 07, 2018 12:54 PM
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Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Ditto the comments from our ActiveRain members.  Good luck in Utah.

Feb 07, 2018 11:46 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

my office uses the GBREB contracts and we fill in the blanks....however, every client we deal with must have an attorney...our rule... we don't wear that hat... and the seller's attorney will review our agreement and always adds his own attachments.... then the sellers' and buyers' attorneys communicate.... and finalize....

Feb 07, 2018 10:59 AM
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Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

In Colorado, we are allowed to fill in the blanks, the attorneys prepared the contracts.

Feb 10, 2018 11:05 AM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

good luck

Feb 09, 2018 04:38 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
www.HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

We fill in the blanks out here and attach any relevant addenda.  We're not allowed to do lawyery things and modify the verbiage.

Feb 08, 2018 08:55 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Guidance and assistance.

Feb 08, 2018 05:59 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

Depends on the state you are in...

Feb 08, 2018 05:28 AM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Los Angeles CA

Fill it up according to a buyer abilities and explain it. 

Feb 07, 2018 11:14 PM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Rachel Greene - Agent is the messanger, i guess.

Feb 07, 2018 08:44 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Filling in the blanks properly, anything more may be interpreted as practicing law.

Feb 07, 2018 08:35 PM
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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

we fill in the blanks. 

Feb 07, 2018 08:20 PM
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John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Rachel Greene many great answers, check with your broker.

Feb 07, 2018 06:06 PM
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Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

Fill in the blanks properly and to your client's benefit.

Feb 07, 2018 05:33 PM
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

I wish you all the best with your studies and in real estate. 

Feb 07, 2018 05:24 PM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

It's a big one.

Feb 07, 2018 04:58 PM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Fill in the blanks....explain clauses, get signatures and then give copies

Feb 07, 2018 04:40 PM
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Fill in the blanks, if standard and pass on to attorney. Or, provide what we call Contract Form to attorney to prepare draft. Connecticut is an attorney state.

Feb 07, 2018 02:53 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I think it is back to class for you

Feb 07, 2018 02:45 PM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

Fill in the blanks and explain the contract generally.

Feb 07, 2018 02:17 PM
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Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent
BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS REAL ESTATE SIGNATURE SERVICE - Mississauga, ON
REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results!

I prepare all my own Agreements of Purchase and Sale.  I discuss with my client what conditions if any they would like to include, what closing date, what offer price, what they want in terms of appliances,  etc.,  I review the offer with them to ensure they fully understand its contents. and they sign it.

Feb 07, 2018 12:45 PM
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

fill in the blanks, give good advice if the person is your client.  Be honest and fair at all times.

Feb 07, 2018 12:11 PM
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Area Real Estate

Just fill in the blanks or you are practicing law in IL.

Feb 07, 2018 12:07 PM