Dual agency case heads to California's highest court

Buyer argues listing agent owes him a fiduciary duty -- but brokerage disagrees
  • A transaction involving different agents for buyer and seller, who operated at the same brokerage, has reached the California Supreme Court.
  • The court will decide whether the listing agent owed fiduciary duties to the buyer in the 2007 transaction.

If a buyer and seller in a real estate transaction are each represented by separate agents from the same brokerage, do those agents owe a fiduciary duty to both buyer and seller? The California Supreme Court may soon decide that question for the more than 400,000 agents and brokers in the Golden State.