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Are list back contracts legal in

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Are list back contracts legal in washington
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Legal
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
What could be the issues for a licensed agent
Expert:  Ely replied 2 years ago.

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What do you mean by a "list back" contract? This term has several meanings. And, do you mean real estate agent, or a licensed agent for something else?

This is not an answer, but an information request. I need this information to answer your question. Please reply, so I can answer your question. Thank you in advance.

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
A licensed agent has a client that wants to do a list back. Do not fully understand what a list back is and the issues that could be for the agent
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
pertaining to real estate
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Licensed real estate agent
Expert:  Ely replied 2 years ago.

Thank you. Again, list back contract is a term that has more than one meaning. Please, tell me what you mean in this situation, specifically? Thanks.

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
That is why I am asking you. I do not know either. Just need to know what a list beck contract is for in real estate.
Expert:  Ely replied 2 years ago.

Ah, okay, I think I understand. A list back contract requires the current buyer of a listed property to relist the property with the same agent when the buyer decides to sell the property.

Such list-back agreements have been held as ​unconscionable under the law multiple times. Some jurisdictions (not WA) has held them to be illegal. So I am afraid that such a contract (or at least its list back clause) may be voided by WA Court.

The WA State Licensing authorities may also bring administrative sanctions against an agent who does this. So this is NOT recommended.

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