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Law clarifies broker pricing roles (new law)

Published (4/29/2011)
By Kris Berggren
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A “broker price opinion,” or a market value analysis of a property’s likely selling price, is usually considered part of the package of services included in a real estate agent’s commission.

A new law signed April 20 by Gov. Mark Dayton clarifies that a broker price opinion is not an appraisal for mortgage loan purposes, and allows those preparing a broker price opinion to charge and collect a fee. Any fee does not apply to a typical home seller or buyer, but may apply to third parties interested in obtaining price opinions, such as banks handling foreclosed properties.

Rep. Joe Hoppe (R-Chaska) and Sen. Chris Gerlach (R-Apple Valley) sponsor the new law, which also permits more than one exclusive agreement for representation for different real estate services. For example, if a property stays on the market for months, the seller may simultaneously try to lease it. Those services may be performed by different companies or individuals.

The law takes effect Aug. 1, 2011.

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