Frequently Asked Questions

Legal Hotline FAQ

a blog of the most frequently asked questions to the MAR legal hotline.


Cindy Sellers
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Can a licensee who previously acted as a subagent or seller’s agent switch hats and represent the buyer?

A REALTOR® who acted as a seller’s agent or subagent at the time of an initial showing of a listed property is not precluded from thereafter acting as a buyer's agent for the buyer. We recommend having the seller acknowledge that the other agent in the transaction initially worked for the seller as a subagent or seller’s agent and now represents the buyer. If the agent learned any confidential information about the seller while working as a subagent or seller’s agent, Maryland law requires that the agent maintain seller’s confidentiality. The MAR Statewide Forms Committee is preparing a Seller Acknowledgement form that will be available for use on October 1, 2017. 


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