(a) A licensee entering into a written agreement to represent any party in the buying, selling, exchanging, renting or leasing of real estate may be appointed as the designated and individual agent of this party by the licensee’s managing broker, to the exclusion of all other licensees employed by or affiliated with the managing broker. A managing broker providing services under this chapter shall not be considered a dual agent if any individual licensee so appointed as designated agent in a transaction, by specific appointment or by written company policy, does not represent interests of any other party to the same transaction.
Terms Used In Tennessee Code 62-13-406
- Broker: means any person who, for a fee, commission, finders fee or any other valuable consideration or with the intent or expectation of receiving a fee, commission, finders fee or any other valuable consideration from another, solicits, negotiates or attempts to solicit or negotiate the listing, sale, purchase, exchange, lease or option to buy, sell, rent or exchange for any real estate or of the improvements on the real estate or any time-share interval as defined in the Tennessee Time-Share Act, compiled in title 66, chapter 32, part 1, collects rents or attempts to collect rents, auctions or offers to auction or who advertises or holds out as engaged in any of the foregoing. See Tennessee Code 62-13-102
- Designated agent: refers to a licensee who has been chosen by the licensee's managing broker to serve as the agent of an actual or prospective party to a transaction, to the exclusion of other licensees employed by or affiliated with the broker. See Tennessee Code 62-13-102
- Party: means any person or persons seeking to obtain or divest an interest in real estate or a business opportunity as a buyer, seller, landlord, tenant, option grantee or option grantor. See Tennessee Code 62-13-102
- Property: includes both personal and real property. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
- Real estate: means and includes leaseholds, as well as any other interest or estate in land, whether corporeal, incorporeal, freehold or nonfreehold, and whether the real estate is situated in this state or elsewhere. See Tennessee Code 62-13-102
- Transaction: means the purchase, sale, rental or option of an interest in real estate or business opportunity. See Tennessee Code 62-13-102
- written: includes printing, typewriting, engraving, lithography, and any other mode of representing words and letters. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
(b) The use of a designated agency does not abolish or diminish the managing broker’s contractual rights to any listing or advertising agreement between the firm and a property owner, nor does this section lessen the managing broker’s responsibilities to ensure that all licensees affiliated with or employed by the broker conduct business in accordance with appropriate laws, rules and regulations.
(c) There shall be no imputation of knowledge or information among or between clients, the managing broker and any designated agent or agents in a designated agency situation.