When Should I Expect to Sign a Contract with a Real Estate Agent?


Signing a contract with a Real Estate Agent is a crucial step in the property transaction process, marking the official start of your partnership. Key factors leading up to this include the initial consultation, signing a listing agreement for sellers, buyer representation agreements, and the negotiation and execution stages.


4 KEY milestones leading to the signing of a contract with a Real Estate Agent are mentioned:

  1. Initial Consultation
  2. Listing Agreement for Sellers
  3. Buyer Representation Agreement
  4. Negotiation and Execution


1. Initial Consultation

The initial consultation serves as an opportunity for you to meet with prospective Real Estate Agents, discuss your real estate goals, and evaluate their suitability for your needs.

During this phase, you can:

  1. Assess their expertise, communication style, and compatibility with your goals.
  2. Inquire about the agent’s contract terms, including duration, exclusivity, and scope of services.
  3. Decide to request a contract signing or allow time for further discussion and consideration.


2. Listing Agreement for Sellers

For sellers, signing a listing agreement formalizes the relationship between you and your listing Real Estate Agent, outlining the terms of the agent’s representation and marketing efforts for your property.

The sellers’ listing agreement should:

  1. Specify key details such as the listing price, duration of the agreement, commission structure, and marketing strategies.
  2. Be reviewed by sellers to know about the terms of the listing agreement and seek clarification on any aspects they find unclear or require further explanation.
  3. Be accepted by both parties, then the document is signed, and the agent can proceed with listing your property for sale.

When both parties accept the agreement, they sign it. After that, the agent can proceed with listing your property for sale.


3. Buyer Representation Agreement

Buyers may also sign a representation agreement with their chosen Real Estate Agent, formalizing the agent’s role in assisting them with property search and purchase.

This agreement should:

  1. Specify the duration of the agreement, the agent’s commission structure, and the scope of services provided.
  2. Be reviewed by the buyer to ensure they understand their responsibilities, including loyalty to the agent and exclusivity of representation.

When both sellers and buyers approve the buyer representation agreement, they sign it. Then, the agent can begin assisting the buyer with their property search.


4. Negotiation and Execution

The negotiation and execution of the contract with a Real Estate Agent depend on various factors, including market conditions, individual preferences, and the agent’s policies.

Before signing the contract, you need to:

  1. Negotiate contract terms, including duration, commission rates, and termination clauses, to ensure they align with your expectations and preferences.
  2. Review the contract carefully and seek legal advice if needed to ensure you fully understand your rights and obligations.



Signing a contract with a Real Estate Agent is a significant step, showing the relationship between the agent and client. So, by understanding the key milestones leading to the signing of a contract and communicating openly with your agent, you can navigate this process with confidence and clarity, setting the stage for a successful real estate journey.