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452.133(3)(b) (b) Act in a transaction on the broker's own behalf, on behalf of the broker's immediate family, or on behalf of any organization or business entity in which the broker has an interest, unless the broker has the written consent of all parties to the transaction.
452.133(3)(c) (c) Except as provided in s. 452.19, refer, recommend or suggest to a party to the transaction the services of an individual or entity from which the broker may receive compensation for a referral or in which the broker has an interest, unless the broker has disclosed the fact that he or she may receive compensation or has disclosed his or her interest in the individual or entity providing the services.
452.133(4) (4)Subagent's duties.
452.133(4)(a)(a) A subagent owes all persons to whom a broker is providing brokerage services in a transaction the duties specified in sub. (1) but does not owe the clients of the principal broker the duties under sub. (2).
452.133(4)(b) (b) A subagent may not do any of the following:
452.133(4)(b)1. 1. Place the subagent's interests ahead of the interests of the clients of the principal broker in the transaction in which the subagent has been engaged by the principal broker.
452.133(4)(b)2. 2. Provide advice or opinions to parties in the transaction if providing the advice or opinions is contrary to the interests of the clients of the principal broker in the transaction in which the subagent has been engaged by the principal broker, unless required by law.
452.133(5) (5)Duties without agency or subagency relationship. If a broker is providing brokerage services to a person who is a party or a prospective party to a transaction, and the broker does not have an agency agreement with the person and is not a subagent of another broker in the transaction, then the broker owes the person the duties under sub. (1) and may not, unless required by law, provide advice or opinions relating to the transaction in which the person is receiving brokerage services if providing the advice or opinions is contrary to the interests of a party to a current or prospective transaction with the person receiving the brokerage services.
452.133(6) (6)Waiver of duties. The duties imposed by subs. (1), (2) (a), (am), (b), and (c), (4), and (5) may not be waived. A client may waive, in part or in full, the broker's duty under sub. (2) (d), except that a waiver under this subsection is not effective unless the broker provides to the client a written disclosure containing all of the following:
452.133(6)(a) (a) A copy of the text of sub. (2) (d) and s. 452.01 (5m), and a statement that, as a consequence of the client's waiver, the broker will have no legal duty to perform the duty imposed by sub. (2) (d).
452.133(6)(b) (b) A statement that as a consequence of the client's waiver, the client may require the assistance of an attorney or another service provider to fulfill the client's goals and contractual duties in the transaction.
452.133 History History: 1993 a. 127; 1995 a. 400; 2005 a. 87.
452.133 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. REEB 24, Wis. adm. code.
452.133 Annotation The New Real Estate Agency Law: Redefining the Role of Real Estate Brokers. Smith and Staff. Wis. Law. Oct. 1994.
452.133 Annotation The `New' Chapter 452: Defining Real Estate Broker Practice. Leibsle. Wis. Law. June 2006.
452.134 452.134 Agency relationships; multiple representation relationships.
452.134(1)(1) Agency relationship not required.
452.134(1)(a)(a) Subject to par. (b), a broker may provide brokerage services to any person in a transaction, whether or not the broker has entered into an agency agreement with a party to the transaction or the broker has been engaged to provide brokerage services in the transaction as a subagent.
452.134(1)(b) (b) A broker may not negotiate on behalf of a party to a transaction unless a party to the transaction is one of the following:
452.134(1)(b)1. 1. The broker's client.
452.134(1)(b)2. 2. A client of a principal broker who has engaged the broker as a subagent.
452.134(2) (2)Multiple representation relationships; consent required. A broker may not provide brokerage services in a multiple representation relationship unless all of the broker's clients in the multiple representation relationship have consented to a multiple representation relationship in writing.
452.134(3) (3)Designated agency; consent required.
452.134(3)(a)(a) A broker in a multiple representation relationship may not engage in designated agency unless all of the broker's clients in the relationship have consented to designated agency in writing. A client may withdraw consent to designated agency by written notice to the broker at any time.
452.134(3)(b) (b) If a broker is engaged in designated agency, the broker's employee who is negotiating on behalf of a client of the broker in the transaction may provide to the client on whose behalf the employee is negotiating information, opinions, and advice to assist the client in the negotiations, whether or not the information, opinions, and advice place the interests of one of the broker's clients ahead of the interests of another client of the broker.
452.134(4) (4)Multiple representations relationship without designated agency. If a broker's client in a multiple representation relationship does not consent to designated agency or withdraws consent to designated agency, the broker and the broker's employees may not place the interests of any client ahead of the interests of any other in the negotiations.
452.134 History History: 2005 a. 87.
452.134 Annotation The `New' Chapter 452: Defining Real Estate Broker Practice. Leibsle. Wis. Law. June 2006.
452.135 452.135 Disclosure of duties.
452.135(1) (1)
452.135(1)(a)(a) A broker may not negotiate on behalf of a party who is not the broker's client unless the broker provides to the party a copy of the following written disclosure statement:
BROKER DISCLOSURE TO CUSTOMERS
You are a customer of the broker. The broker is either an agent of another party in the transaction or a subagent of another broker who is the agent of another party in the transaction. The broker, or a salesperson acting on behalf of the broker, may provide brokerage services to you. Whenever the broker is providing brokerage services to you, the broker owes you, the customer, the following duties:
The duty to provide brokerage services to you fairly and honestly.
The duty to exercise reasonable skill and care in providing brokerage services to you.
The duty to provide you with accurate information about market conditions within a reasonable time if you request it, unless disclosure of the information is prohibited by law.
The duty to disclose to you in writing certain material adverse facts about a property, unless disclosure of the information is prohibited by law.
The duty to protect your confidentiality. Unless the law requires it, the broker will not disclose your confidential information or the confidential information of other parties.
The duty to safeguard trust funds and other property the broker holds.
The duty, when negotiating, to present contract proposals in an objective and unbiased manner and disclose the advantages and disadvantages of the proposals.
Please review this information carefully. A broker or salesperson can answer your questions about brokerage services, but if you need legal advice, tax advice, or a professional home inspection, contact an attorney, tax advisor, or home inspector.
This disclosure is required by section 452.135 of the Wisconsin statutes and is for information only. It is a plain-language summary of a broker's duties to a customer under section 452.133 (1) of the Wisconsin statutes.
452.135(1)(b) (b) If a broker is providing brokerage services as a subagent to a principal broker, the broker shall provide a copy of the written disclosure statement under par. (a) to any person who is not the principal broker's client and who receives brokerage services from the broker within the scope of the agreement between the broker and the principal broker.
452.135(2) (2)
452.135(2)(a)(a) Except as provided in par. (b), a broker shall provide to a client a copy of the following written disclosure statement not later than the time the broker enters into an agency agreement with the client:
BROKER DISCLOSURE TO CLIENTS
Under Wisconsin law, a broker owes certain duties to all parties to a transaction:
The duty to provide brokerage services to you fairly and honestly.
The duty to exercise reasonable skill and care in providing brokerage services to you.
The duty to provide you with accurate information about market conditions within a reasonable time if you request it, unless disclosure of the information is prohibited by law.
The duty to disclose to you in writing certain material adverse facts about a property, unless disclosure of the information is prohibited by law.
The duty to protect your confidentiality. Unless the law requires it, the broker will not disclose your confidential information or the confidential information of other parties.
The duty to safeguard trust funds and other property the broker holds.
The duty, when negotiating, to present contract proposals in an objective and unbiased manner and disclose the advantages and disadvantages of the proposals.
Because you have entered into an agency agreement with a broker, you are the broker's client. A broker owes additional duties to a client.
The broker will provide, at your request, information and advice on real estate matters that affect your transaction, unless you release the broker from this duty. The broker must provide you with all material facts affecting the transaction, not just adverse facts.
The broker will fulfill the broker's obligations under the agency agreement and fulfill your lawful requests that are within the scope of the agency agreement.
The broker will negotiate for you, unless you release the broker from this duty.
The broker will not place the broker's interests ahead of your interests. The broker will not, unless required by law, give information or advice to other parties who are not the broker's clients, if giving the information or advice is contrary to your interests.
If you become involved in a transaction in which another party is also the broker's client (a "multiple representation relationship"), different duties may apply.
MULTIPLE REPRESENTATION RELATIONSHIPS AND DESIGNATED AGENCY
A multiple representation relationship exists if a broker has an agency agreement with more than one client who is a party in the same transaction. In a multiple representation relationship, if all of the broker's clients in the transaction consent, the broker may provide services to the clients through designated agency.
Designated agency means that different salespersons employed by the broker will negotiate on behalf of you and the other client or clients in the transaction, and the broker's duties will remain the same. Each salesperson will provide information, opinions, and advice to the client for whom the salesperson is negotiating, to assist the client in the negotiations. Each client will be able to receive information, opinions, and advice that will assist the client, even if the information, opinions, or advice gives the client advantages in the negotiations over the broker's other clients. A salesperson will not reveal any of your confidential information to another party unless required to do so by law.
If a designated agency relationship is not in effect you may authorize or reject a multiple representation relationship. If you authorize a multiple representation relationship the broker may provide brokerage services to more than one client in a transaction but neither the broker nor any of the broker's salespersons may assist any client with information, opinions, and advice which may favor the interests of one client over any other client. If you do not consent to a multiple representation relationship the broker will not be allowed to provide brokerage services to more than one client in the transaction.
INITIAL ONLY ONE OF THE THREE LINES BELOW:
________I consent to designated agency.
________I consent to multiple representation relationships, but I do not consent to designated agency.
________I reject multiple representation relationships.
NOTE: YOU MAY WITHDRAW YOUR CONSENT TO DESIGNATED AGENCY OR TO MULTIPLE REPRESENTATION RELATIONSHIPS BY WRITTEN NOTICE TO THE BROKER AT ANY TIME. YOUR BROKER IS REQUIRED TO DISCLOSE TO YOU IN YOUR AGENCY AGREEMENT THE COMMISSION OR FEES THAT YOU MAY OWE TO YOUR BROKER. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THE COMMISSION OR FEES THAT YOU MAY OWE BASED UPON THE TYPE OF AGENCY RELATIONSHIP YOU SELECT WITH YOUR BROKER YOU SHOULD ASK YOUR BROKER BEFORE SIGNING THE AGENCY AGREEMENT.
SUBAGENCY
The broker may, with your authorization in the agency agreement, engage other brokers who assist your broker by providing brokerage services for your benefit. A subagent will not put the subagent's own interests ahead of your interests. A subagent will not, unless required by law, provide advice or opinions to other parties if doing so is contrary to your interests.
Please review this information carefully. A broker or salesperson can answer your questions about brokerage services, but if you need legal advice, tax advice, or a professional home inspection, contact an attorney, tax advisor, or home inspector.
This disclosure is required by s. 452.135 of the Wisconsin statutes and is for information only. It is a plain-language summary of a broker's duties to you under section 452.133 (3) of the Wisconsin statutes.
452.135(2)(b) (b) If a client enters into an agency agreement with a broker to receive brokerage services related to real estate primarily intended for use as a residential property containing one to 4 dwelling units, and the written disclosure statement under par. (a) is not incorporated into the agency agreement, the broker shall request the client's signed acknowledgment that the client has received a copy of the written disclosure statement.
452.135 History History: 1993 a. 127; 2005 a. 87; 2007 a. 97.
452.135 Annotation The `New' Chapter 452: Defining Real Estate Broker Practice. Leibsle. Wis. Law. June 2006.
452.137 452.137 Cooperation with out-of-state brokers and salespersons.
452.137(1)(1) Definitions. In this section:
452.137(1)(a) (a) "Cooperative agreement" means the agreement established by the board under sub. (4).
452.137(1)(b) (b) "Licensed broker" means a broker who is licensed under this chapter.
452.137(1)(c) (c) "Licensed salesperson" means a salesperson who is licensed under this chapter.
452.137(1)(d) (d) "Licensed time-share salesperson" means a time-share salesperson who is licensed under this chapter.
452.137(2) (2)Out-of-state brokers.
452.137(2)(a)(a) Except as provided in par. (b), an out-of-state broker may act as a broker in this state only if the out-of-state broker does all of the following:
452.137(2)(a)1. 1. Enters into a cooperative agreement with a licensed broker and cooperates with the licensed broker on the listing agreement that is subject to the cooperative agreement. Each cooperative agreement may cover only one listing agreement.
452.137(2)(a)2. 2. Submits to the licensed broker evidence that the out-of-state broker is licensed in good standing to engage in real estate brokerage in a jurisdiction other than this state.
452.137(2)(b) (b) An out-of-state broker, including an out-of-state broker who is a party to a cooperative agreement, may not do any of the following:
452.137(2)(b)1. 1. Enter into a listing agreement concerning real estate located in this state.
452.137(2)(b)2. 2. For commission, money, or other thing of value, promote in this state the sale, exchange, purchase, option, rental, or leasing of real estate located in this state, including by posting signs on the property.
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2011-12 Wisconsin Statutes updated though 2013 Wis. Act 200 and all Supreme Court Orders entered before April 18, 2014. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after April 18, 2014 are designated by NOTES. (Published 4-18-14)