Is Silence a Form of Deceit?

If you're planning to buy a home this year, expect to see big changes in the way you engage with realtors. The anti-trust lawsuit against the NAR (National Association of Realtors) settled out of court recently, and part of the settlement agreement requires realtors to have buyers sign what's called a "Buyer Broker" agreement before showing them houses.

In the past decade of working as a realtor, I only used a Buyer Broker agreement once, mainly because my first experience with that piece of paper left a horrible taste in my mouth. I first encountered that form in Reno, where I was trying to buy a house for myself. I was studying to become a realtor at that time, but I was inexperienced.

Nonetheless, I decided to…

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