Register February 2017 No. 734
Chapter REEB 16
APPROVED FORMS AND LEGAL ADVICE
REEB 16.01   Authority.
REEB 16.02   Definitions.
REEB 16.03   Approved forms.
REEB 16.04   When to utilize approved forms.
REEB 16.05   Legal advice and practice of law.
REEB 16.06   How to use approved forms.
REEB 16.07   Violation of this chapter.
Ch. REEB 16 Note Note: Chapter RL 16 as it existed on March 31, 1986 was repealed and a new chapter RL 16 was created, effective April 1, 1986. Chapter RL 16 was renumbered chapter REEB 16 under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 1., Stats., Register November 2011 No. 671.
REEB 16.01 REEB 16.01Authority. The rules in this chapter are adopted pursuant to ss. 227.11 (2), 452.05 (1) (b), 452.07, and 452.14 (3) (m), Stats.
REEB 16.01 History History: Cr. Register, March, 1986, No. 363, eff. 4-1-86; correction made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7, Stats., Register, May, 1988, No. 389.
REEB 16.02 REEB 16.02Definitions. Definitions contained in s. REEB 11.02 shall also apply to this chapter. In this chapter:
REEB 16.02(1) (1) “Agency agreement" has the meaning given in s. 452.01 (1m), Stats.
REEB 16.02 Note Note: Section 452.01 (1m) reads: “Agency agreement" means a written agreement between a broker and a client under s. 452.135 (1).
REEB 16.02(1e) (1e) “Approved form" means a contractual or conveyance form which is either prepared and approved by the board, pursuant to s. 452.05 (1) (b), Stats., or approved in s. REEB 16.03.
REEB 16.02(1m) (1m) “Buyer agency/tenant representation agreement” means a written agency agreement authorizing a firm to provide brokerage services to the client for the procurement of an interest in property and providing the terms whereby the firm may earn a commission.
REEB 16.02(2) (2) “Exclusive agency listing" means a written listing agreement containing all of the elements of an exclusive right to sell listing, except that the owner retains the right to sell the property himself or herself without owing the listing broker a commission.
REEB 16.02(2e) (2e) “Exclusive right to locate buyer agency/tenant representation agreement” means a written buyer agency/tenant representation agreement giving the firm the exclusive right to locate an interest in property for the client.
REEB 16.02(2m) (2m) “Exclusive right to locate and negotiate buyer agency/tenant representation agreement” means a written buyer agency/tenant representation agreement giving the firm the exclusive right to locate an interest in property and to negotiate the procurement of an interest in property for the client.
REEB 16.02(2s) (2s) “Exclusive right to negotiate buyer agency/tenant representation agreement” means a written buyer agency/tenant representation agreement giving the firm the exclusive right to negotiate the procurement of an interest in a property for the client.
REEB 16.02(3) (3) “Exclusive right to sell listing” means a written listing contract making a firm the exclusive agent for the sale of property for a specific period of time, and which entitles the listing firm to a commission if the property is sold by the owner, by the firm, or by anyone else.
REEB 16.02(3m) (3m) “Listing contract” means a written agency agreement authorizing a firm to provide brokerage services to the client for the sale or rental of property and providing the terms whereby the broker may earn a commission.
REEB 16.02(4) (4) “Open listing” means a written listing agreement, which may be given to any number of firms, with the first firm to secure a buyer under the terms of the listing agreement earning the commission.
REEB 16.02(4m) (4m) “One-party listing” means a written listing contract containing all of the elements of an exclusive right to sell listing, except that listing firm is entitled to a commission only if the property is sold by the owner, by the firm, or by anyone else to a specific party or parties identified in the written listing contract.
REEB 16.02(5) (5) “Use a form” means to complete a contractual or conveyance form by filling in the blanks or modifying printed provisions on a form for the purpose of accomplishing the instruction of a party in a specific real estate transaction.
REEB 16.02 History History: Cr. Register, March, 1986, No. 363, eff. 4-1-86; r. (2), renum. (3) to be (5), cr. (2) to (4), Register, July, 1998, No. 511, eff. 8-1-98; correction in (1) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 6., 7., Stats., Register November 2011 No. 671; CR 13-073: cr. (intro.), renum. (1) to (1e), cr. (1), (1m), (2e) to (2s), am. (3), cr. (3m), (4m) Register May 2014 No. 701, eff. 7-1-14; correction in (2s) made under s. 35.17, Stats., Register May 2014 No. 701; EmR1620: emerg. am. (1m), (2e) to (5), eff. 7-1-16; CR 16-042: am. (1m), (2e) to (5) Register February 2017 No. 734, eff. 3-1-17.
REEB 16.03 REEB 16.03Approved forms.
REEB 16.03(1) (1) In addition to forms prepared and approved by the board pursuant to s. 452.05 (1) (b), Stats., the board approves the following forms for use by licensees:
REEB 16.03(1)(a) (a) Forms prepared and approved by the state bar of Wisconsin for deeds, mortgages, mortgage notes, truth-in-lending disclosures, land contracts, release of mortgage, satisfaction of mortgage, assignment of mortgage, and assignment of land contract.
REEB 16.03(1)(b) (b) Uniform commercial code forms: 1, 2, 3, 4, 11, 410, 411, 430, 445, 450, and 451.
REEB 16.03(1)(c) (c) Contractual forms for the sale, purchase or rental of real estate or a business opportunity located in another state, if the contractual forms are those which licensees may legally and customarily use for such transactions in the state where the real estate or business opportunity is located.
REEB 16.03(1)(d) (d) Forms prepared by governmental, quasi-governmental, and tribal agencies for use in programs administered by them under authority provided by law.
REEB 16.03(1)(e) (e) Forms to be used for a property management agreement between a firm and a landlord, prepared by the broker entering into the agreement, an attorney, or the landlord, that contain provisions relating to leasing, managing, marketing, and overall management of the landlord's property.
REEB 16.03(2) (2) In addition to forms prepared and approved by the board pursuant to s. 452.05 (1) (b), Stats., the board grants approval of the forms in sub. (1) (c), (d), and (e) for use by salespersons. Board-approved contractual forms for use in real estate practice may be used by licensees and shall be available on the department's webpage.
REEB 16.03 Note Note: Copies of these forms are accessible for printing and downloading from the department's webpage: http://dsps.wi.gov. These forms, form numbers, and form titles are subject to change; for the most current listing refer to the department's webpage. Copies of the board-approved contractual forms for use by real estate licensees are available upon request to the Department of Safety and Professional Services; Division of Professional Credentialing Processing; PO Box 8935; Madison, WI 53708-8935; phone (608) 262-2112.
REEB 16.03 History History: Cr. Register, March, 1986, No. 363, eff. 4-1-86; cr. (1) (d), am. (2), Register, June, 1988, No. 390, eff. 7-1-88; cr. (1) (e), am. (2), Register, January, 1992, No. 433, eff. 2-1-92; am. (1) (a), Register, July, 1992, No. 439, eff. 8-1-92; correction in (2) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 6., Stats., Register November 2011 No. 671; CR 13-073: am. (1) (intro.), (a), (b), (e), (2) Register May 2014 No. 701, eff. 7-1-14; EmR1620: emerg. am. (1) (intro.), (d), (e), eff. 7-1-16; CR 16-042: am. (1) (intro.), (d), (e) Register February 2017 No. 734, eff. 3-1-17.
REEB 16.04 REEB 16.04When to utilize approved forms.
REEB 16.04(1)(1) Except as provided in subs. (2) and (3), a licensee shall use approved forms when acting as an agent or a party in a real estate or business opportunity transaction.
REEB 16.04(2) (2) For those kinds of real estate or business opportunity transactions for which the board has not approved contractual forms, a licensee, when acting as an agent or a party, may use contractual forms drafted by a party or an attorney, if the name of the drafter is imprinted on the form before use by a licensee. For the purpose of this subsection, a listing firm is a party to the listing contract transaction.
REEB 16.04(3) (3) A licensee may in any transaction where the licensee is acting as an agent, negotiate an agreement and permit the parties or an attorney for one or other of the parties to draft or prepare a contractual agreement which embodies all of the negotiated terms and conditions.
REEB 16.04 History History: Cr. Register, March, 1986, No. 363, eff. 4-1-86; am. (1) to (3), cr. (2m) and (3m), Register, July, 1992, No. 439, eff. 8-1-92; am. (1) and (2), r. (2m) to (3m), renum. (4) to be (3) and am., Register, July, 1993, No. 451, eff. 8-1-93; correction in (2) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 6., Stats., Register November 2011 No. 671; EmR1620: emerg. am. (2), eff. 7-1-16; CR 16-042: am. (2) Register February 2017 No. 734, eff. 3-1-17.
REEB 16.05 REEB 16.05Legal advice and practice of law.
REEB 16.05(1) (1) A licensee may not provide advice or opinions concerning the legal rights or obligations of parties to a transaction, the legal effect of a specific contract or conveyance, or the state of title to real estate.
REEB 16.05(2) (2) Notwithstanding sub. (1), a licensee may provide a general explanation of the provisions in an approved form to the parties to a transaction at the time of completing the form or when delivering an approved form for the seller's or buyer's acceptance.
REEB 16.05(3) (3) A licensee may use approved forms only in those transactions in which the licensee is acting in a capacity as licensee or in which the licensee is a principal, and in either case the use of such forms is incidental to the real estate practice of the licensee.
REEB 16.05(4) (4) A licensee may not make a separate charge for completing an approved form in connection with a transaction.
REEB 16.05 History History: Cr. Register, March, 1986, No. 363, eff. 4-1-86; CR 13-073: am. (1), (2) Register May 2014 No. 701, eff. 7-1-14.
REEB 16.06 REEB 16.06How to use approved forms.
REEB 16.06(1) (1) When a licensee reproduces or arranges for printing a contractual form prepared and approved by the board pursuant to s. 452.05 (1) (b), Stats., the licensee shall comply with all of the following:
REEB 16.06(1)(a) (a) Assure that the numbering of lines, line contents, and the lines appearing on each page are identical to those on the board-approved forms.
REEB 16.06(1)(b) (b) Not reproduce the form in such a manner that optional provisions are omitted and blank lines are filled in without any indication of where the optional provisions and blank lines occur on the board-approved form.
REEB 16.06(1)(c) (c) Shall indicate that the form is reproduced by the firm, stating its address and telephone number at an appropriate place on the form.
REEB 16.06(1)(d) (d) May not add additional blank lines or add additional lines containing textual content, or alter the format of the form in any other manner. “Alter the format" does not include modifying margins or font size consistent with par. (a). To add textual content or additional provisions, a licensee shall only fill in blank lines provided for that purpose on a form or add addenda containing additional or altered provisions as provided in subs. (4) and (5).
REEB 16.06(1)(e) (e) Retain the board's approval statement and date in the upper left corner exactly as these appear on the board-approved form.
REEB 16.06(1)(f) (f) Assure that the formatting of the form is substantially identical to that on the board-approved form.
REEB 16.06(2) (2) A licensee who reproduces or arranges for printing a form under s. REEB 16.03 (1) (a) or (b) may not modify the form in any way.
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Published under s. 35.93, Stats. Updated on the first day of each month. Entire code is always current. The Register date on each page is the date the chapter was last published.