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2. Acting For Sellers

(h) Offers - View Entire Section

(III) Multiple Offers — Presentation Procedures

If more than one written offer on a specific property is made before the seller has accepted an offer, all written offers must be presented to the seller. The only exception would be if the listing licensee has specific written instructions from the seller on the listing not to present particular types of offers. Unless otherwise instructed by the seller, the listing licensee should ensure that any other representative involved knows there will be competitive offers.

**Alert**

Licensees should be aware that any written offers received prior to the Completion Date of an existing sale must be presented to the seller. If a seller wishes to consider a subsequent offer, the licensee should advise the seller to seek legal advice. This applies whenever the licensee acted as a seller’s agent in the first sale, and includes cases where the listing brokerage becomes aware of the possibility of a resale to a different buyer.

If the licensee acted as a buyer’s agent in the past sale, then he or she would not owe this fiduciary duty of disclosure to the seller but would be required to disclose any third-party interest to the first buyer.