Real estate agents sometimes make mistakes when they are representing clients who are buying homes. Sometimes, errors cross the line to become negligence, which would entitle you to compensation when damages result from their professional negligence.
Whitney, LLP’s real estate lawyers help Maryland home buyers bring claims and file lawsuits against dishonest and negligent home sellers, house flippers, real estate agents and termite inspection companies across Maryland. Our attorneys recover compensation for buyers to repair hidden damage and defects and for emotional distress. We offer legal consultations.
If you need a real estate lawyer near me to help with hidden damage, failure to disclose defects, negligence or fraud in the purchase of a house, call us at (410) 583-8000 or use our online Quick Contact form.
We represent homebuyers throughout Maryland, including Baltimore, Columbia, Germantown, Silver Spring, Waldorf, Frederick, Ellicott City, Glen Burnie, Gaithersburg, Rockville, Bethesda, Dundalk, Towson, Bowie, Aspen Hill and Wheaton.
Negligence Lawsuits against Real Estate Agents
You can sue your real estate agent for several reasons if your home purchase went wrong. One of these issues is negligence. As your agent, your real estate broker owes you a duty of care to act as a reasonable agent would. If he or she does not, you have the legal right to file a lawsuit against that person for damages.
Here, the key is what a reasonable real estate agent would do under the circumstances. At a minimum, this would mean that the agent does not engage in any adverse conduct, such as failing to take action when he or she is aware of information that is harmful to your interests as the buyer, or failing to provide good advice.
Negligence is a different cause of action than fraud. You could provide a negligence lawsuit simply by proving that the agent was careless or did not do something that they should have. Not learning what they need to know or not sharing information with you could qualify as negligence.
Most importantly, with a negligence lawsuit against your Maryland real estate agent, you will not need to show any intent.
When You could Sue a Real Estate Agent for Negligence
Some common reasons why you would sue a real estate agent for negligence include:
- The agent does not let you know of issues that were identified during a walkthrough.
- The agent does not communicate all information that can affect the price of the home.
- The agent fails to keep your personal and private information confidential.
- The agent does not use due care, and it results in your receipt of false or incomplete information.
Note that real estate agent negligence lawsuits do not just apply to situations in which the agent did not disclose defects in the home. A real estate agent may be subject to lawsuits for other types of conduct while assisting you with the process of buying a home. This includes facts involving how you were represented during the process.
Proving a breach of duty that would entitle you to compensation all depends on the facts of your case. Your attorney would have to prove exactly what your agent did and why it fell short of the actions that a real estate agent should have taken.
Whitney, LLP’s attorneys have experience representing home buyers against negligent real estate agents that cause damage, and help recover compensation for those damages.
Real Estate Attorney for Maryland Real Estate Agent Negligence
Our attorneys will get to the bottom of your case and advise you whether you have a possible lawsuit against your real estate agent. We will work with you to recover compensation if your real estate agent failed in its duties to you.
If you were the victim of a dishonest seller, real estate agent or WDI/termite inspection company in Maryland, contact Whitney, LLP’s real estate lawyers at (410) 583-8000, or use our online Quick Contact form, for your legal consultation.