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New York State Disclosure Form


DISCLOSURE FORM...New York State Real Estate Law

Important: Please read this form.
Your real estate salesperson is required to furnish this form prior to showings/negotiations. It should be signed by
all parties involved in the showing/viewing and purchasing of residential real estate in New York State.

DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Division of Licensing Services
P.O. Box 22001
Albany, NY 12201-2001

New York State Disclosure Form for Buyer and Seller

THIS IS NOT A CONTRACT

New York State law requires real estate licensees who are acting as agents of buyers and sellers of property
to advise the potential buyers and sellers with whom they work of the nature of their agency relationship and the rights and obligations it creates. This disclosure will help you to make informed choices about your relationship with the real estate broker and its sales associates.

Throughout the transaction you may receive more than one disclosure form. The law requires each agent
assisting in the transaction to present you with this disclosure form. A real estate agent is a person qualified to advise about real estate. If you need legal, tax or other advice, consult with a professional
in that field.

Disclosure Regarding Real Estate Agency Relationships

Seller’s Agent
A seller’s agent is an agent who is engaged by a seller to represent the seller’s interest. The seller’s agent
does this by securing a buyer for the seller’s home at a price and on terms acceptable to the seller. A seller’s agent has, without limitation, the following fiduciary duties to the seller: reasonable care, undivided loyalty, confidentiality, full disclosure, obedience and duty to account. A seller’s agent does not represent the interests of the buyer.

The obligations of a seller’s agent are also subject to any specific provisions set forth in an agreement
between the agent and the seller. In dealings with the buyer, a seller’s agent should (a) exercise reasonable skill and care in performance of the agent’s duties; (b) deal honestly, fairly and in good faith; and (c) disclose all facts known to the agent materially affecting the value or desirability of property, except as otherwise provided by law.

Buyer’s Agent
A buyer’s agent is an agent who is engaged by a buyer to represent the buyer’s interest. The buyer’s agent does this by negotiating the purchase of a home at a price and on terms acceptable to the buyer. A buyer’s agent has, without limitation, the following fiduciary duties to the buyer: reasonable care, undivided loyalty, confidentiality, full disclosure, obedience and duty to account. A buyer’s agent does not represent the interest of the seller.

The obligations of a buyer’s agent are also subject to any specific provisions set forth in an agreement
between theagent and the buyer. In dealings with the seller, a buyer’s agent should (a) exercise reasonable skill and care in performance of the agent’s duties; (b) deal honestly, fairly and in good faith; and (c) disclose all facts known to the agent materially affecting the buyer’s ability and/or willingness to perform a contract to acquire seller’s property that are not inconsistent with the agent’s fiduciary duties to the buyer.

Broker’s Agents
As part of your negotiations with a real estate agent, you may authorize your agent to engage other agents whether you are a buyer or seller. As a general rule, those agents owe fiduciary duties to your agent and to you. You are not vicariously liable for their conduct.

Dual Agent
A real estate broker may represent both the buyer and seller if both the buyer and seller give their informed consent in writing. In such a dual agency situation, the agent will not be able to provide the full range of fiduciary duties to the buyer and seller.

The obligations of an agent are also subject to any specific provisions set forth in an agreement between the agent, and the buyer and seller. An agent acting as a dual agent must explain carefully to both the buyer and seller that the agent is acting for the other party as well. The agent should also explain the possible effects of dual representation, including that by consenting to the dual agency relationship the buyer and seller are giving up their right to undivided loyalty. A buyer or seller should carefully consider the possible consequences of a dual agency relationship before agreeing to such representation.

Dual Agency with Designated Sales Associates
If the buyer and seller provide their informed consent in writing, the principals or the real estate broker who represents both parties as a dual agent may designate a sales associate to represent the buyer and another sales associate to represent the seller to negotiate the purchase and sale of real estate. A sales associate works under the supervision of the real estate broker.

With the informed consent of the buyer and the seller in writing, the designated sales associate for the
buyer will function as the buyer’ s agent representing the interests of the buyer and the designated sales
associate for the seller will function as the seller’s agent representing the interests of the seller in the
negotiations between the buyer and seller. A designated sales associate cannot provide the full range of
fiduciary duties to the buyer or seller.

The designated sales associate must explain that like the dual agent under whose supervision they function, they cannot provide undivided loyalty. A buyer or seller should carefully consider the possible consequences of a dual agency relationship with designated sales associates before agreeing to such representation.

This form was provided to me by the company named below:

Licensee or Associate of Licensee:                                                            _________                   

(Signature) of Company:                                                                                                               

The above-named company, which is licensed as a Real Estate Broker is (check one)

(  ) The Seller’s Agent              (  ) A Dual Agent

(  ) The Buyer’s Agent              (  ) Dual Agent With Designated Sales Associates

(  ) The Broker’s Agent
 

If Dual Agent with Designated Sales Associates is checked:

                                                                      
is appointed to represent the buyer; and

                                                                      
is appointed to represent the seller in this transaction.
 

(I) (We) acknowledge receipt of a copy of this disclosure form:

Signature of (  ) Buyer(s) and/or (  ) Seller(s):
 

                                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                                               

Date:                                                                  Date:                                            

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