(1) A broker who performs real estate brokerage services for a buyer is a buyer's agent unless the:
(a) Broker's firm has appointed the broker to represent the seller pursuant to a written agency agreement between the firm and the seller, in which case the broker is a seller's agent;
(b) Broker has entered into a subagency agreement with the seller's agent's firm, in which case the broker is a seller's agent;
(c) Broker's firm has appointed the broker to represent the seller pursuant to a written agency agreement between the firm and the seller, and the broker's firm has appointed the broker to represent the buyer pursuant to a written agency agreement between the firm and the buyer, in which case the broker is a dual agent;
(d) Broker is the seller or one of the sellers; or
(e) Parties agree otherwise in writing after the broker has complied with RCW 18.86.030
(2) In a transaction in which different brokers affiliated with the same firm represent different parties, the firm's designated broker and any managing broker responsible for the supervision of both brokers, is a dual agent, and must obtain the written consent of both parties as required under RCW 18.86.060
. In such case, each of the brokers shall solely represent the party with whom the broker has an agency relationship, unless all parties agree in writing that the broker is a dual agent.
(3) A broker may work with a party in separate transactions pursuant to different relationships, including, but not limited to, representing a party in one transaction and at the same time not representing that party in a different transaction involving that party, if the broker complies with this chapter in establishing the relationships for each transaction.
Effective date—1997 c 217 §§ 1-6 and 8:
"Sections 1 through 6 and 8 of this act are necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and take effect immediately [April 25, 1997]." [ 1997 c 217 § 9.
Real estate agency pamphlet—1997 c 217 §§ 1-6:
See note following RCW 18.86.120