Michigan has a law regarding buyer and seller agency. As a Michigan realtor it is required of me to identify with a new customer who I am working for, buyer or seller?
If the home I am showing to a customer is my listing I have already established agency as the sellers agent. What that means is I can not reveal any confidential information about the seller to that customer.
If the home I am showing is not my listing, I can at that point, ask the customer if they would like me to work for them as their buyer's agent. Once buyer agency is established I am obligated by law to not reveal any confidential information about that buyer to a sellers agent.
Dual agency is when I have already established separate agency with a seller and a buyer, this means I can not reveal any confidential information about either party or negotiate for either party, I become a neutral party to both buyer and seller. I can write up an offer and counter-offers for each party, I just can not advise either party how to negotiate.
If this sounds all too complicated, don't hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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