FAQ: What Does Transaction Brokerage Mean?

Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty BK 3030920

For both buyers & sellers, brokerage agency is an important piece of their real estate transaction.  This is how a Realtor can represent either a buyer or seller.

The "standard" (meaning what the state presumes to be the most popular form of agency) is Transaction Brokerage (brokerage and agency are one and the same). 

The duties/responsibilities under Transaction Brokerage/Agency are: 

  1. Dealing honestly & fairly.
  2. Accounting for all funds.
  3. Using skill, care & diligence in the transaction.
  4. Disclosing all known facts that materially affect the value of residential real property and are not readily observable to the buyer. 
  5. Presenting all offers and counteroffers in a timely manner, unless a party has directed the licensee previously otherwise in writing.
  6. Limited confidentiality, unless waived in writing by a part. This limited confidentiality will prevent disclosure that the seller accepts a price less than the asking or listed price, that the buyer will pay a price greater than the price submitted in a written offer, of the movitation of any party for selling or buying property, that a seller or buyer will agree to financing terms other than those offered, or of any other information requested by a party to remain confidential
  7. Any additional duties that are entered into by this or by seperate written agreement.
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Carol Zingone is a full service Broker Associate proudly affiliated with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty in Atlantic Beach, FL.  I help buyers and sellers locally, regionally, and internationally.  With hundreds of happy buyers and sellers over the course of my career, I'm thrilled to help first time buyers, military buyers, seniors, investors, 1031 exchange properties, short sales and REO's.  I have spent hours honing my expertise, including the designations of: Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI), Loss Mitigation Certification (LMC) , Short Sales, Foreclosures, REO's, (SFR), and Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES).  I pride myself on providing excellent expertise to all buyers and sellers. Search the MLS via www.carolzingone.com  for Jacksonville and area listings!


Comments (4)

Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Agency terms and agency disclosures vary from state to state and it is one of the first things to discuss with prospective home buyers.

Jan 27, 2014 02:07 AM
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi Carol.  We call them facilitators in Massachusetts.

Jan 27, 2014 07:48 PM
Richard Michaels
Richard Michaels & Associates LLC - Washington Township, MI
100% Dedicated to Servicing My Clients

in michigan a transaction agent cannot negotiate or be part of any deal making process.  Your only duty is collect the information the buyer and seller give you and nothing else.  Once you give any insight or information, you are then working as an representative as either a buyer or sellers agent..

Jan 28, 2014 12:55 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Carol, I think this is a good explanation of the Transaction brokerage. We call it facilitator status in Tennessee.

Jan 28, 2014 11:43 PM