Our daily lives can involve a variety of agency relationships. When you ask your physician to communicate information to the pharmacy to fill a prescription, you are authorizing the physician to act as an agent of sorts to fulfill a specific task for you. If you hire a professional real estate person to market your home, or find you a new home, or find you a new office space, or you retain an auto broker to locate a replacement car or truck, or contract with an art dealer to find works by a specific artist, or employ a private detective to track down a long-lost relative, or you deliver some inherited furniture to an antique dealer for sale on consignment at a specific minimum price, you are participating in an agency relationship. All of these examples involve a contract, either verbal or written. It is that contract that creates the agency relationship.
No matter the rules, statutes or practices that may become involved, at its core, an agency relationship is a contract between two parties:
the person that is delegating authority (the Principal) and
the person that is being given the authority (the Agent).
The more substantial the proposed relationship and/or contemplated transactions become, the more complex the principal–agent relationship and the rules surrounding it can become. New laws, court cases, experiences in day-to-day business and new ways of doing business can complicate and add new layers of responsibilities and duties to the relationship. Nevertheless, at the core, an agency relationship is still that contract between the Principal and the Agent.
The purpose of this course is to better acquaint the leaner with the various types of agency relationships that can exist, and to build an understanding of the scope and the limits of agency in general and of the rules as they relate to the practice of the real estate profession.
This course contains numerous opportunities for interaction. You will be expected to complete each exercise, quiz, reading assignment, and exam in this course.
This course includes the following topics:
Upon completion of this course, you will be able to: