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In short, under real estate law, it refers to which principal, the buyer or seller that the REALTOR® is working for and providing loyalty too. Most real estate agents are both buyer's and seller's agents therefore creating dual agency. Under the law, a real estate agent can only provide dual agency - representing both buyer and seller with consent from his/her clients, however, clients must realize that withholding consent is like saying to your real estate agent "Here's my home listing but do not bring your real estate buyer clients". Or in the case of a buyer client "Please find me a home but do not show me any of your company's real estate listings". In both cases as either buyer or seller it is highly unlikely that you would want this, since it defies the law of reason. That's why dual agency is desirable.

Under real estate law dual agency can be "limited" whereby an agent can hold in confidence certain matters of importance, to his/her client, with proper disclosure of this fact to all involved buyer and seller clients.

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