Nebraska Revised Statute 76-2417

Chapter 76 Section 2417

76-2417.

Seller's agent or landlord's agent; powers and duties; confidentiality; immunity; disclosures required.

(1) A licensee representing a seller or landlord as a seller's agent or a landlord's agent shall be a limited agent with the following duties and obligations:

(a) To perform the terms of the written agreement made with the client;

(b) To exercise reasonable skill and care for the client;

(c) To promote the interests of the client with the utmost good faith, loyalty, and fidelity, including:

(i) Seeking a price and terms which are acceptable to the client, except that the licensee shall not be obligated to seek additional offers to purchase the property while the property is subject to a contract for sale or to seek additional offers to lease the property while the property is subject to a lease or letter of intent to lease;

(ii) Except as provided in section 76-2422.01, presenting all written offers to and from the client in a timely manner regardless of whether the property is subject to a contract for sale or lease or a letter of intent to lease;

(iii) Disclosing in writing to the client all adverse material facts actually known by the licensee; and

(iv) Advising the client to obtain expert advice as to material matters about which the licensee knows but the specifics of which are beyond the expertise of the licensee;

(d) To account in a timely manner for all money and property received;

(e) To comply with all requirements of sections 76-2401 to 76-2430, the Nebraska Real Estate License Act, and any rules and regulations promulgated pursuant to such sections or act; and

(f) To comply with any applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, and ordinances, including fair housing and civil rights statutes and regulations.

(2) A licensee acting as a seller's or landlord's agent shall not disclose any confidential information about the client unless disclosure is required by statute, rule, or regulation or failure to disclose the information would constitute fraudulent misrepresentation. No cause of action for any person shall arise against a licensee acting as a seller's or landlord's agent for making any required or permitted disclosure.

(3)(a) A licensee acting as a seller's or landlord's agent owes no duty or obligation to a buyer, a tenant, or a prospective buyer or tenant, except that a licensee shall disclose in writing to the buyer, tenant, or prospective buyer or tenant all adverse material facts actually known by the licensee. The adverse material facts may include, but are not limited to, adverse material facts pertaining to: (i) Any environmental hazards affecting the property which are required by law to be disclosed; (ii) the physical condition of the property; (iii) any material defects in the property; (iv) any material defects in the title to the property; or (v) any material limitation on the client's ability to perform under the terms of the contract.

(b) A seller's or landlord's agent owes no duty to conduct an independent inspection of the property for the benefit of the buyer, tenant, or prospective buyer or tenant and owes no duty to independently verify the accuracy or completeness of any statement made by the client or any independent inspector.

(4) A seller's or landlord's agent may show alternative properties not owned by the client to prospective buyers or tenants and may list competing properties for sale or lease without breaching any duty or obligation to the client.

(5)(a) A seller or landlord may agree in writing with a seller's or landlord's agent that other designated brokers may be retained and compensated as subagents.

(b) Any designated broker acting as a subagent on the seller's or landlord's behalf shall be a limited agent with the obligations and responsibilities set forth in subsections (1) through (4) of this section.

Source

Cross References

  • Nebraska Real Estate License Act, see section 81-885.

Annotations

  • A brokerage relationship is a limited agency relationship. Professional Mgmt. Midwest v. Lund Co., 284 Neb. 777, 826 N.W.2d 225 (2012).