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What is an Exclusive Buyer Agent?

An Exclusive Buyer Agent represents the home buyer, and only the home buyer, in a real estate transaction. They work within a company that never represents sellers and never takes listings. Because of that, Exclusive Buyer Agents and their company have a fiduciary relationship with their buyer-clients, which includes the following duties:

     • Loyalty
     • Obedience
     • Confidentiality
     • Accounting
     • Reasonable skill and care
     • Disclosure

This level of protection and dedication is not available under other types of real estate agency. By the virtue of their fiduciary relationship with the home buyer, Exclusive Buyer Agents will disclose information to the buyer that materially affects a buyer’s best interests, even if that information is detrimental to the seller! The listing agent cannot make such disclosures and must remain loyal to the seller.

This is a critical distinction that separates an Exclusive Buyer Agent from the “dual agency” practice that is common among real estate companies. Here are further examples:

     • An Exclusive Buyer Agent can provide guidance about how much to offer for a home and share insights that would provide an advantage to the buyer.
     • An Exclusive Buyer Agent negotiates exclusively on the buyer’s behalf, seeking the best price and terms for the buyer.
     • An Exclusive Buyer Agent works to protect their clients with contractual contingencies, designed with the buyer’s best interests in mind.

Exclusive Buyer Agents are licensed real estate professionals who work under the management of an Exclusive Buyer Broker. NAEBA members are Exclusive Buyer Agents who must adhere to the strict standards outlined by NAEBA. This includes a willingness to work only with home buyers with a commitment to NAEBA standards of professional conduct, ethics and principals.

An Exclusive Buyer Broker represents a higher level of industry education and licensing. NAEBA members who are Exclusive Buyer Brokers adhere to the same strict professional and ethical standards that apply to Exclusive Buyer Agents. Exclusive Buyer Brokers agree to never represent home sellers or accept listings. Like Exclusive Buyer Agents, an Exclusive Buyer Broker only represents home buyers.

Exclusive Buyer Brokers may operate an Exclusive Buyer Agency and manage Exclusive Buyer Agents or Exclusive Buyer Broker Associates.

Some Exclusive Buyer Agents have chosen to show their commitment to Exclusive Buyer Agency by earning the Certified Exclusive Buyer Agent® or Certified Exclusive Buyer Agent - Master® designation. These designations have some of the strictest standards in the real estate industry. Learn more about the Certified Exclusive Buyer Agent® and Certified Exclusive Buyer Agent - Master® designations.

Learn more about why you should use an Exclusive Buyer Agent!