As the buyer, you may need to sue your real estate agent if they are dishonest or negligent and their actions cause you damage, harm or repair costs. Your real estate agent works for you and is supposed to represent you honestly and with the care that any competent real estate agent would use. However, sometimes your agent’s work not only leaves something to be desired, but it could also be grounds for a lawsuit due to negligence or fraud. Below are some common reasons why you would sue a real estate agent.
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Here are the reasons why you would sue a real estate agent:
Negligent Real Estate Agents
Your real estate agent must do their job. While they are not held to a standard of perfection, they need to exercise due care when working for you.
Sometimes, their sloppiness and inattentiveness is more than just them being a bad agent. Since they owe you a duty, they need to be careful when representing you. If their failure to spot or report a defect or other mistakes that they made was the result of negligence, they could be made to pay you damages.
Realtor’s Failure to Disclose Defects
Your real estate agent cannot simply put their head in the sand when it comes to defects in the property. If they are in a position to know what is wrong with the home, they must learn about the defects and report them to you. This is even more true if they have actual knowledge of a problem. As your agent, they must tell you.
Misrepresentation of Material Facts About the Property
Your agent cannot tell you something that is not true. In addition, they cannot tell you that the property that you are buying is in great condition when they know that something is wrong with it. If their misrepresentation is material to your purchase of the home, you can file a lawsuit against the agent.
Fraud and Intentional Concealment
There is bad conduct, and then there is fraud. This is an even higher level of culpability by your agent. Here, they are deceiving you with intent. This is not just a misrepresentation. Your agent is lying with a purpose, usually in order to make their fee. Fraud is harder to prove, but it results in greater damages due to the special degree of bad conduct.
Breach of Fiduciary Duty
Your agent is also your fiduciary during the purchase process. This means that they have the requirement to act for your benefit. Your real estate agent works for you. If they have any relationship with someone else that could impact your transaction, they have the obligation to disclose it. Your real estate agent must be candid and honest with you. Otherwise, they can be sued.
For all of these grounds for lawsuits, you will need to prove what the real estate agent did wrong in court. This requires a real estate lawyer with knowledge of the facts and law. The real estate lawyers at Whitney LLP can work with you every step of the way to learn what happened and to fight to hold the real estate agent accountable for what they did.
Maryland Attorneys to Sue Real Estate Agents
Real estate agents who make mistakes and intentionally hide damage or defects can be held responsible for their actions and the consequences to homeowners.
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 Free Consultation.
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