KTD, LLC d/b/a Homeshake
We are pleased you have selected Homeshake to help you with your real estate needs. Whether you are selling or buying real estate, Homeshake can provide you with expertise and assistance. Because this may be the largest financial transaction you will enter into, it is important to understand the role of the agents and brokers with whom you are working. Below is some information that explains the various services that agents can offer and their options for working with you.
Most sellers of real estate choose to list their home for sale with a real estate brokerage. When they do so, they sign a listing agreement that authorizes the brokerage and the listing agent to represent their interests. As the seller's agent, the brokerage and listing agent must: follow the seller's lawful instructions, be loyal to the seller, promote the seller's best interests, disclose material facts to the seller, maintain confidential information, act with reasonable skill and care, and account for any money they handle in the transaction. In rare circumstances, a listing broker may also offer "subagency" to other brokerages, which would also represent the seller's interests and owe the seller these same duties.
When purchasing real estate, buyers usually choose to work with a real estate agent as well. Often the buyers want to be represented in the transaction. This is referred to as buyer's agency. A brokerage and agent that agree to represent a buyer's interest in a transaction must: follow the buyer's lawful instructions, be loyal to the buyer, promote the buyer's best interests, disclose material facts to the buyer, maintain confidential information, and account for any money they handle in the transaction.
Occasionally, the same agent and brokerage that represent the seller also represent the buyer. This is referred to as dual agency. When a brokerage and its agents become "dual agents," they must maintain a neutral position between the buyer and seller. They may not advocate the position of one client over the best interests of the other client, or disclose any personal or confidential information to the other party without written consent.
On occasion, the buyer and seller will each be represented by two different agents from the same brokerage. In this case, the agents may each represent the best interest of their respective clients.
Or, depending on company policy, the agents may both act as dual agents and remain neutral in the transaction. When either of the above occurs, the brokerage will be considered a dual agent. As a dual agent, the brokerage and its managers will maintain a neutral position and cannot advocate for the position of one client over another. The brokerage will also protect the confidentiality of both parties.
Homeshake represents both buyers and sellers, exclusively as a dual agent. When a seller uses Homeshake, all agents in the brokerage represent that seller. Likewise, when a buyer uses Homeshake, all agents in the brokerage represent that buyer. Therefore, when a buyer using Homeshake wishes to purchase property from a seller using Homeshake, the agent(s) involved act as dual agents. This is true whether one agent is representing both parties or two separate agents are involved.
Because Homeshake acts exclusively as a dual agent, both the buyer and seller must agree to such dual agency and consent in writing. If you do not agree to Homeshake acting as a dual agent, you will not be permitted to use Homeshake. As a dual agent, Homeshake will treat both parties honestly, prepare and present offers at the direction of the parties, and help the parties fulfill the terms of any contract. Homeshake will not, however, disclose any confidential information that will place one party at an advantage over the other or advocate or negotiate to the detriment of either party.
Because Homeshake acts exclusively as a dual agent, Homeshake does not cooperate with and does not offer compensation to other agents or brokerages not affiliated with Homeshake.
It is illegal, pursuant to the Ohio Fair Housing Law, division (H) of Section 4112.02 of the Revised Code and the Federal Fair Housing Law, 42 U.S.C.A. 3601, as amended, to refuse to sell, transfer, assign, rent, lease, sublease or finance housing accommodations, refuse to negotiate for the sale or rental of housing accommodations, or otherwise deny or make unavailable housing accommodations because of race, color, religion, sex, familial status as defined in Section 4112.01 of the Revised Code, ancestry, military status as defined in that section, disability as defined in that section, or national origin or to so discriminate in advertising the sale or rental of housing, in the financing of housing, or in the provision of real estate brokerage services. It is also illegal, for profit, to induce or attempt to induce a person to sell or rent a dwelling by representations regarding the entry into the neighborhood of a person or persons belonging to one of the protected classes. (Effective: 9/29/11)
We hope you find this information to be helpful to you as you begin your real estate transaction. When you begin to use Homeshake, you will be given an Agency Disclosure Statement that specifically identifies the role of Homeshake as a dual agent. Please ask questions if there is anything you do not understand.
Because it is important that you have this information, Ohio law requires that we present you with this document and ask you to acknowledge receipt. Your acknowledgment will not obligate you to work with Homeshake if you do not choose to do so.
This brokerage is required by law to ask you to sign this as a way to acknowledge that you have received it. This is not a contract. Your signature below will not obligate you to work with this brokerage if you do not want to.
Whether you are selling, buying, or leasing real estate in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, this Guide will help you understand the various agency relationships available to you. This brokerage is providing you this Guide as an introduction to their professional real estate brokerage services. Depending on your specific needs, this brokerage will offer you valuable assistance to achieve your goals.
This is not a contract or agreement for services. Your signature on this Guide is simply to acknowledge receipt and by law the real estate licensee presenting you this Guide must ask for your signature. Prior to the exchange of confidential information that could be interpreted as an agency relationship, you will be asked to consent in writing to a specific Agency Relationship for a contemplated transaction.
This is a brief overview of real estate brokerage in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. To practice real estate brokerage for compensation, a person must be appropriately licensed, which requires extensive education and testing. There are two types of licenses, broker and sales associate. A principal broker is the person responsible for the operation of the real estate brokerage company. Licensed brokers and sales associates affiliate with a principal broker to engage in real estate brokerage. Nicholas J. Rabin is the principal broker of KTD KY, LLC d/b/a Homeshake, and can be reached at 513-453-6144
To provide real estate brokerage services, a principal broker enters into an agency relationship with a client to act as an agent to represent the client’s interests and provide necessary guidance to complete real estate transactions. A licensee affiliated with the principal broker may be your direct contact during a transaction and, depending on the type of agency, may also be your exclusive agent. These agency relationships are explained in more detail below. Each relationship imposes fiduciary duties owed by the agent to a client. A principal broker may also provide services to a party who is not a client and owe limited, or no, fiduciary obligations to that party, or, by written agreement, provide other than the minimum services proscribed by law. To learn more, reference Kentucky Revised Statutes, Chapter 324 and Kentucky Administrative Regulations, Title 201, Chapter 11.
Carefully read about the available agency relationships below and ask the licensee providing you this Guide any questions you may have to better understand agency. The duties and responsibilities of the Principal Broker, affiliated licensees, and Homeshake
in a real estate transaction do not relieve the seller, buyer, lessor, or lessee from the duty and responsibility to protect their own interests. You are advised to carefully read all agreements to assure that they adequately express your understanding of the transaction. The principal broker and affiliated licensees are qualified to advise on real estate brokerage and transaction matters only. IF YOU NEED LEGAL OR TAX ADVICE, YOU SHOULD CONSULT THE APPROPRIATE PROFESSIONAL.
In a Single Agency relationship, the principal broker of a brokerage, and all affiliated licensees, act as an agent for a client who is a seller or buyer, or a lessor or lessee, on one side of a transaction. If a party on the other side of the transaction is represented by an agent, that agent will be affiliated with another principal broker at another brokerage.
In a Dual Agency relationship, the principal broker of a brokerage, and all affiliated licensees, simultaneously act, in a limited fiduciary capacity, as agents for different clients who are either seller and buyer, or lessor and lessee, in the same transaction. Dual Agency relationships frequently occur when a listing agent simultaneously represents both seller and buyer clients in the same transaction and must take care to adequately represent the interests of both clients.
As an alternative to Single Agency, in a Designated Agent relationship, one or more affiliated licensees are designated by their principal broker to act as an agent for a client who is a buyer or seller, or a lessor or lessee, to the exclusion of all other licensees affiliated with that principal broker. The principal broker shall not designate himself or herself as a designated agent. None of the other licensees affiliated with the principal broker represent the client in the transaction. Reference KRS 324.121(1).
As an alternative to Dual Agency, in a Designated Agency relationship, two or more Designated Agents within one brokerage act as agents for their respective clients on different sides of a transaction, while their principal broker and any designated manager simultaneously act in a limited fiduciary capacity as a dual agent for all clients on both sides of the transaction. This type of agency relationship allows Designated Agents affiliated with same principal broker to offer each client exclusive representation with full fiduciary obligations, not limited as they would be in a Dual Agency relationship, while still safeguarding clients’ confidential information. Reference KRS 324.121(2).
In a Transactional Brokerage relationship, the principal broker of a brokerage, and an affiliated licensee(s), if so designated by the principal broker, provide real estate brokerage services to either, or both, party(ies) to a transaction. They owe the party(ies) only the duties of good faith and fair dealing, and do not relay confidential information between the parties, unless so directed by the sending party. A party to Transactional Brokerage is not a client or prospective client.
From time to time in a real estate transaction, a party will not be represented by an agent, but will otherwise interact with a licensee. This party is known as an Unrepresented Party and a licensee owes an Unrepresented Party the duties of good faith and fair dealing. An Unrepresented Party is not a client or prospective client. If you elect to be an Unrepresented Party to a transaction, take the steps necessary to protect your best interests. If the other party is represented by an agent, you may be at a disadvantage in the transaction due to the skill and experience of that agent.
In the course of your real estate transaction, you may engage with a real estate team. Teams are defined as a group of more than one licensee working together who are affiliated with the same principal broker, led by a team leader, and representing themselves to the public utilizing the same authorized alternate or assumed name to brand, advertise, and broker real estate. Teams form for a variety of reasons, including sharing branding and expenses, to broker real estate under the supervision of the principal broker. A team does not operate independently of the principal broker or agency law and must not represent themselves as a separate brokerage providing real estate brokerage services. Make sure you understand who specifically is representing you as an agent if you choose to work with a team.
If you are a client or prospective client as defined by law, you are owed the fiduciary obligation of confidentiality, which means that the licensee must protect information provided by you that would materially compromise your negotiating position in a transaction if disclosed to the other party, unless disclosure is required by law. You may also designate in writing other information you wish to maintain confidential. If you have any questions or concerns about confidentiality, seek a satisfactory answer prior to providing the information you wish to maintain confidential. During the course of a transaction, including when sending offers, information delivered to the other party will not be confidential unless a previous agreement is in place to maintain confidentiality.
This brokerage may, during the course of a transaction, share fees or compensation with another company. This typically occurs when a listing brokerage shares compensation with another brokerage representing a buyer for a specific listed property. The fact that companies may share compensation during the course of a transaction does not mean that you are in an Agency Relationship with any brokerage. If you are concerned about compensation and how it may be shared, seek a satisfactory answer prior engaging in a transaction.
It is illegal, pursuant to the Kentucky Fair Housing Law and Federal Fair Housing Law, to refuse to sell, transfer, assign, rent, lease, sublease, or finance housing accommodations, or refuse to negotiate for the sale or rental of housing accommodations, or otherwise deny or make unavailable housing accommodations because of race, color, religion, sex, familial status, disability, national origin, sexual orientation (in some counties) or gender identity (in some counties) or to so discriminate in advertising the sale or rental of housing, in the financing of housing, or in the providing of real estate brokerage services. It is also illegal, for profit, to induce or attempt to induce a person to sell or rent a dwelling by representations regarding the entry into the neighborhood of a person or persons belonging to one of the protected classes.
We hope you find this information helpful as you begin your real estate transaction. When you are ready to enter into a transaction, you will be asked to sign an Agency Consent Agreement that specifically identifies the Agency Relationship between you, the Principal Broker of this brokerage, and any affiliated licensees. Please ask questions if there is anything you do not understand.