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HF 2694

1st Engrossment - 88th Legislature (2013 - 2014) Posted on 04/23/2014 11:50am

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A bill for an act
relating to commerce; modifying regulation of real estate brokers and
salespersons; amending Minnesota Statutes 2012, sections 82.55, subdivisions 13,
15, 16, by adding subdivisions; 82.57, subdivisions 1, 3, 7; 82.58, subdivisions 2,
4; 82.59, subdivision 7; 82.61; 82.62, subdivisions 1, 3; 82.63, subdivisions 1, 3,
6, 10, 12; 82.64; 82.66, subdivision 2; 82.67, subdivision 3; 82.68, subdivision
3; 82.69; 82.70, subdivisions 1, 5; 82.71, subdivision 5; 82.72, subdivisions
2, 3; 82.735, subdivision 1; 82.75, subdivisions 1, 2, 5; 82.81, subdivision
6; Minnesota Statutes 2013 Supplement, sections 82.62, subdivision 7; 82.63,
subdivision 8; repealing Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 82.55, subdivision 17.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 82.55, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 3a. new text end

new text begin Buyer's broker. new text end

new text begin "Buyer's broker" means a licensee who represents a
buyer under a signed buyer's broker agreement. A buyer's broker owes to the buyer
fiduciary duties.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 82.55, subdivision 13, is amended to read:


Subd. 13.

Override clause.

"Override clause" meansnew text begin:
new text end

new text begin (1)new text end a provision in a listing agreement or similar instrument allowing the broker to
receive compensation when, after the listing agreement has expired, the property is sold
to persons with whom a broker or salesperson had negotiated or deleted text beginexhibiteddeleted text endnew text begin shownnew text end the
property prior to the expiration of the listing agreementnew text begin; or
new text end

new text begin (2) a provision in the buyer's representation agreement or similar instrument
allowing the broker to receive compensation when, after the buyer's representation
agreement has expired, the buyer has purchased a property the salesperson had shown
the buyer prior to the expiration of the buyer's agreement
new text end.

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 82.55, subdivision 15, is amended to read:


Subd. 15.

Primary broker.

"Primary broker" means the broker on whose behalf
salespersons are licensed to act pursuant to section 82.63, subdivision 4. In the case of a
corporation licensed as a broker, "primary broker" means each officer of the corporation
who is individually licensed to act as broker for the corporation. In the case of a partnership,
"primary broker" means each partner licensed to act as a broker for the partnership.new text begin In
the case of a limited liability company licensed as a broker, "primary broker" means each
officer of the company who is individually licensed to act as a broker for the company.
new text end

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 82.55, subdivision 16, is amended to read:


Subd. 16.

Protective list.

"Protective list" meansnew text begin:
new text end

new text begin (1) new text end the written list of names and addresses of prospective buyers with whom a licensee
has negotiated the sale or rental of the property or to whom a licensee has exhibited the
property before the expiration of the listing agreement. For the purposes of this subdivision,
"property" means the property that is the subject of the listing agreement in questionnew text begin; or
new text end

new text begin (2) the written list of addresses of properties that a licensee has negotiated the sale or
rental of before the expiration of the buyer's agreement
new text end.

Sec. 5.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 82.55, is amended by adding a subdivision to
read:


new text begin Subd. 23a. new text end

new text begin Seller's broker. new text end

new text begin "Seller's broker" means a licensee who represents
a seller under a signed seller's broker agreement. A seller's broker owes to the seller
fiduciary duties.
new text end

Sec. 6.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 82.57, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Amounts.

The following fees shall be paid to the commissioner:

(a) a fee of $150 for each initial individual broker's license, and a fee of $100 for
each renewal thereof;

(b) a fee of $70 for each initial salesperson's license, and a fee of $40 for each
renewal thereof;

(c) a fee of $85 for each initial real estate closing agent license, and a fee of $60
for each renewal thereof;

(d) a fee of $150 for each initial corporate, limited liability company, or partnership
license, and a fee of $100 for each renewal thereof;

(e) a fee for payment to the education, research and recovery fund in accordance
with section 82.86;

(f) a fee of $20 for each transfer;

(g) a fee of $50 for license reinstatement;

(h) a fee of $20 for reactivating a corporate, limited liability company, or partnership
license deleted text beginwithout landdeleted text end; and

(i) in addition to the fees required under this subdivision, individual licensees under
clauses (a) and (b) shall pay, for each initial license and renewal, a technology surcharge
of up to $40 under section 45.24, unless the commissioner has adjusted the surcharge
as permitted under that section.

Sec. 7.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 82.57, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Broker payment consolidation.

For all license renewal fees, recovery
fund renewal fees, and recovery fund assessments pursuant to this section and section
82.86, the broker must remit the fees or assessments for the company, broker, and all
salespersons licensed to the brokerdeleted text begin, in the form of a single paymentdeleted text end.

Sec. 8.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 82.57, subdivision 7, is amended to read:


Subd. 7.

Overpayment of fees.

An overpayment of a fee paid pursuant to this
chapter shall be refunded within a reasonable time after a letter requesting the refund is
received by the commissioner and signed by the person making the overpayment.

Refunds shall not be given fornew text begin anythingnew text end other than overpayment of fees. A request
for a refund of an overpayment must be received by the commissioner within six months
of the date of deposit or it will be forfeited.

Sec. 9.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 82.58, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Application for license; contents.

(a) An applicant for a license as a real
estate broker or real estate salesperson shall make an application in the format prescribed
by the commissioner. The application shall be accompanied by the license fee required
by this chapter.

(b) Each application for a real estate broker license or real estate salesperson license
shall contain such information as required by the commissioner consistent with the
administration of the provisions and purposes of this chapter.

(c) The application for a real estate salesperson license shall give the applicant's
legal name, age, residence address, and the name and place of business of the real estate
broker on whose behalf the salesperson is to be acting.

(d) The commissioner may require such further information as the commissioner
deems appropriate to administer the provisions and further the purposes of this chapter.

(e) new text beginIn addition to the application for licensure, new text endan applicant for a real estate
salesperson license shall submit to the commissionerdeleted text begin, along with the application for
licensure,
deleted text end a copy of the course completion certificate for courses I, II, and III and passing
examination results.

Sec. 10.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 82.58, subdivision 4, is amended to read:


Subd. 4.

Business entity; brokerage licenses.

(a) A business entity applying for a
license shall have at least one responsible person individually licensed to act as broker
for the brokerage. The business entity broker's license shall extend no authority to act as
broker to any person other than the business entity. Each responsible person who intends
to act as a broker shall obtain a license.

(b) A business entity applying for a license shall have at least one responsible person
individually licensed to act as broker for the business entity. Each responsible person who
intends to act as a broker shall obtain a license.

(c) An application for a business entity license shall be verified by deleted text beginat least twodeleted text endnew text begin a
new text end responsible deleted text beginpersonsdeleted text endnew text begin personnew text end for the business entity.

(d) A responsible person who ceases to act as broker for a business entity shall
notify the commissioner upon said termination. The individual licenses of all salespersons
acting on behalf of a brokerage are automatically ineffective upon the revocation or
suspension of the license of the brokerage. The commissioner may suspend or revoke the
license of a responsible person licensee without suspending or revoking the license of
the business entity.

(e) The application of all responsible persons of a business entity who intend to act
as brokers on behalf of a business entity shall accompany the initial license application
of the business entity. Responsible persons intending to act as brokers subsequent to the
licensing of the business entity shall procure an individual real estate broker's license prior
to acting in the capacity of a broker. No responsible person who maintains a salesperson's
license may exercise any authority over any trust account administered by the broker nor
may they be vested with any supervisory authority over the broker.

(f) The business entity applicant shall make available upon request, such records and
data required by the commissioner for enforcement of this chapter.

(g) The commissioner may require further information, as the commissioner deems
appropriate, to administer the provisions and further the purposes of this chapter.

Sec. 11.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 82.59, subdivision 7, is amended to read:


Subd. 7.

Reexaminations.

An examination may be required before the deleted text beginrenewal
deleted text endnew text begin reactivationnew text end of any license which has been suspendeddeleted text begin, or before the issuance of a license
to any person whose license has been ineffective for a period of two years, except
deleted text endnew text begin or
revoked.
new text end No reexamination shall be required of any individual who has failed to cause
renewal of an existing license deleted text beginbecause of absence from the state while on active duty
with the armed services of the
deleted text enddeleted text beginUnited States of Americadeleted text endnew text begin for reasons that qualify the
individual for the exemption for military service under section 326.56, subdivision 2
new text end, and
no reexamination shall be required of an individual whose license has not been renewed
under section 82.82, subdivision 9.

Sec. 12.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 82.61, is amended to read:


82.61 LICENSING: CONTINUING EDUCATION AND INSTRUCTION.

(a) All real estate salespersons and all real estate brokers shall be required to
successfully complete 30 hours of real estate continuing education, either as a student or
a lecturer, in courses of study approved by the commissioner, during the initial license
period and during each succeeding 24-month license period. At least 15 of the 30 credit
hours must be completed during the first 12 months of the 24-month licensing period.
Licensees may not claim credit for continuing education not actually completed deleted text beginas of the
date their report of continuing education compliance is filed
deleted text end.

(b) The commissioner may adopt rules defining the standards for course and
instructor approval, and may adopt rules for the proper administration of prelicense
instruction as required under section 82.59, subdivision 8, and continuing education as
required under this section and sections 82.58, subdivision 5; 82.59; 82.62, subdivisions
1 and 5 to 7; and 82.64. The commissioner may not approve a course which can be
completed by the student at home or outside the classroom without the supervision of an
instructor except accredited courses using new delivery technology, including interactive
technology, and the Internet. The commissioner may approve courses of study in the
real estate field offered in educational institutions of higher learning in this state or
courses of study in the real estate field developed by and offered under the auspices of the
National Association of Realtors, its affiliates, or private real estate schools. Courses in
motivation, salesmanship, psychology, or time management shall not be approved by the
commissioner for continuing education credit. The commissioner may approve courses in
any other subjects, including, but not limited to, communication, marketing, negotiation,
and technology for continuing education credit.

(c) As part of the continuing education requirements of this section and sections
82.58, subdivisions 5 and 6; 82.59; 82.62, subdivisions 1 and 5 to 7; and 82.64, the
commissioner shall require that all real estate brokers and salespersons receive:

(1) at least one hour of training during each license period in courses in laws or
regulations on agency representation and disclosure; and

(2) at least one hour of training during each license period in courses in state and
federal fair housing laws, regulations, and rules, other antidiscrimination laws, or courses
designed to help licensees to meet the housing needs of immigrant and other underserved
populations.

Clauses (1) and (2) do not apply to real estate salespersons and real estate brokers
engaged solely in the commercial real estate business who file with the commissioner
a verification of this status deleted text beginalong with the continuing education report required under
paragraph (a)
deleted text end.

(d) The commissioner is authorized to establish a procedure for renewal of course
accreditation.

(e) Approved continuing education courses may be sponsored or offered by a broker
of a real estate company and may be held on the premises of a company licensed under
this chapter. All continuing education course offerings must be open to any interested
individuals. Access may be restricted by the education provider based on class size
only. Courses must not be approved if attendance is restricted to any particular group of
people. A broker must comply with all continuing education rules prescribed by the
commissioner. The commissioner shall not approve any prelicense instruction courses
offered by, sponsored by, or affiliated with any person or company licensed to engage in
the real estate business.

(f) Credit may not be earned if the licensee has previously obtained credit for the
same course as either a student or instructor during the same licensing period.

(g) deleted text beginThe real estate education course completion certificate must be in the form set
forth by the commissioner. Students are responsible for maintaining copies of course
completion certificates.
deleted text end

deleted text begin (h)deleted text end An approved prelicense 30-hour broker course may be used for continuing
education credit by a real estate salesperson or broker if the course is completed during
the appropriate licensing period.

deleted text begin (i)deleted text endnew text begin (h)new text end As part of the continuing education requirements of this section and section
82.64, the commissioner shall require that all real estate brokers and salespersons receive
either 3.75 or 7.5 hours of module training every license year within the 30 hours of
continuing education required during each two-year license period. For each license year,
the commissioner shall determine what modules are required. The modules must cover
topics in real estate that are significant and are of current interest in the real estate market
and profession. The commissioner shall determine the specific topics to be covered by
modules for each license year and the number of credit hours allocated to each module. In
determining the topics and number of credit hours, the commissioner shall consult with
a statewide real estate trade association and a statewide private continuing education
provider. When the commissioner has created a module, the commissioner must publicize
to licensees and to real estate continuing education providers an outline of the topics
covered by the module, and the credits associated with it, no later than April 1 of each
year. The commissioner may delegate the module and test development, subject to the
commissioner's approval, to a statewide real estate trade association. Credit for each
module must be contingent upon the licensee's successful completion of it, established
by testing of the licensee's knowledge of the content covered by the module, based
upon written test questions approved by the commissioner as described in paragraph
(k). Modules determined under this paragraph may be offered by any person permitted
to offer real estate continuing education in this state. Notwithstanding paragraph (c), the
commissioner has discretion to determine that the requirements of the module satisfy, in
whole or in part, the requirements of paragraph (c) for a licensing period in which the
module will be offered.

deleted text begin (j)deleted text endnew text begin (i)new text end The 30 hours of continuing education per license period for real estate brokers
must include a module, designed under the procedure provided in paragraph (i), of at least
one hour each license year specifically designed to address issues relevant to brokers.

deleted text begin (k)deleted text endnew text begin (j)new text end The written test for successful completion of a module offered by a continuing
education provider must be comprised of questions selected by that provider from a pool of
test questions designed and approved by the commissioner. The test must be a written test,
in paper or electronic form, taken by the licensee at the conclusion of the module as a part
of the credit hours devoted to the module, but the test must not be allocated credit of more
than one-sixth of the time allocated to the module. The provider must prepare, administer,
score, and pay any costs related to the tests. The commissioner shall determine the number
of questions that must be included in a test and the percentage of questions that must be
answered correctly. The provider may contract with a third party for scoring of the test. A
licensee must be allowed to remain as long as reasonably necessary to complete the test.

deleted text begin (l)deleted text endnew text begin (k)new text end Paragraphs deleted text begin(i), (j), and (k)deleted text endnew text begin (h), (i), and (j)new text end do not apply to commercial
salespersons and commercial brokersnew text begin engaged solely in the commercial real estate
business and who file with the commissioner a verification of this status
new text end.

deleted text begin (m)deleted text endnew text begin (l)new text end Determinations made by the commissioner under paragraphs deleted text begin(i), (j), and (k)
deleted text endnew text begin (h), (i), and (j)new text end are not rules for purposes of chapter 14.

Sec. 13.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 82.62, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Duration.

The renewal of a salesperson's license is not effective
beyond a date two years after the granting of the salesperson's license unless the
salesperson has furnished evidence of compliance with section deleted text begin82.59, subdivision 8deleted text endnew text begin 82.61new text end.
The commissioner shall cancel the license of a salesperson who fails to comply with
section deleted text begin82.59, subdivision 8deleted text endnew text begin 82.61new text end.

Sec. 14.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 82.62, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Timely renewals.

A person whose application for a license renewal has
not been timely deleted text beginfileddeleted text endnew text begin submittednew text end and who has not received notice of approval of renewal
may not continue to transact business either as a real estate broker, salesperson, or closing
agent after June 30 of the renewal year until approval of renewal is received. Application
for renewal of a license is timely deleted text beginfileddeleted text endnew text begin submittednew text end if:

(1) all requirements for renewal, including continuing education requirements, have
been completed by June 15 of the renewal year; and

(2) the application is submitted before the renewal deadline in the manner prescribed
by the commissioner deleted text beginupon formsdeleted text endnew text begin,new text end duly executed and sworn to, accompanied by fees
prescribed by this chapter, and containing any information the commissioner requires.

Sec. 15.

Minnesota Statutes 2013 Supplement, section 82.62, subdivision 7, is
amended to read:


Subd. 7.

Reinstatement of canceled salesperson's or broker's license.

A
salesperson's or broker's license that has been canceled for failure of a licensee to complete
postlicensing education requirements shall be reinstated without reexamination by
completing the required instruction, deleted text beginfilingdeleted text endnew text begin submittingnew text end an application, and paying the fee
for a salesperson's or broker's license within two years of the cancellation date.

Sec. 16.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 82.63, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Generally.

deleted text begin(a)deleted text end The commissioner shall issue a license as a real
estate broker or real estate salesperson to any person who qualifies for the license under
the terms of this chapter.

deleted text begin (b) The commissioner is authorized to establish by rule a special license for real
estate brokers and real estate salespeople engaged solely in the rental or management of
an interest or estate in real estate, to prescribe qualifications for the license, and to issue
the license consistent with the terms of this chapter. This clause shall not be construed to
require those owners or managers or their agents or employees who are excluded by section
82.56, clause (d), from the definition of real estate broker, to obtain the special license.
deleted text end

Sec. 17.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 82.63, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Responsibility.

Each broker shall be responsible for the acts of any
and all of the broker's sales people and closing agents while acting as agents on the
broker's behalf. Each officer of a new text beginlimited liability company or new text endcorporation or partner in
a new text beginpartnership or limited liabilitynew text end partnership licensed as a broker shall have the same
responsibility under this chapter as a corporate or partnership broker with regard to the
acts of the salespeople and closing agents acting on behalf of the new text beginlimited liability company,
new text endcorporationnew text begin, partnership,new text end ornew text begin limited liabilitynew text end partnership.

Sec. 18.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 82.63, subdivision 6, is amended to read:


Subd. 6.

Terminations; transfers.

(a) Except as provided in paragraph (b), when a
salesperson terminates activity on behalf of a broker, the salesperson's license shall be
ineffective. Within ten days of the termination the broker shall notify the commissioner in
deleted text beginwritingdeleted text endnew text begin the manner prescribed by the commissionernew text end, and shall return to the commissioner
the license of the salesperson. The salesperson may apply for transfer of the license to
another broker at any time during the remainder of the license period, deleted text beginon forms provided
deleted text endnew text begin in the manner prescribednew text end by the commissioner. If the application for transfer qualifies,
the commissioner shall grant the application. Upon receipt of a transfer application and
payment of the transfer fee, the commissioner may issue a 45-day temporary license. If
an application for transfer is not made within the license period, the commissioner shall
require that an application for a new license be deleted text beginfileddeleted text endnew text begin submittednew text end.

(b) When a salesperson terminates activity on behalf of a broker in order to begin
association immediately with another broker, the commissioner shall permit the automatic
transfer of the salesperson's license. The transfer shall be effective deleted text begineitherdeleted text end upon the deleted text beginmailing
deleted text endnew text begin submissionnew text end of the required fee and the executed documents deleted text beginby certified mail or upon
personal delivery of the fee and documents to the commissioner's office
deleted text endnew text begin in the manner
prescribed by the commissioner
new text end. The commissioner may adopt rules and prescribe forms
as necessary to implement this paragraph.

Sec. 19.

Minnesota Statutes 2013 Supplement, section 82.63, subdivision 8, is
amended to read:


Subd. 8.

Procedure.

An application for automatic transfer shall be made only deleted text beginon
the form
deleted text endnew text begin in the mannernew text end prescribed by the commissioner. The transfer is ineffective if
the form is not completed in its entirety.

The form shall be accompanied by a $20 transfer fee, and the license renewal fee,
if applicable. Cash will not be accepted.

The signature of the broker from whom the salesperson is transferring must predate
the signature of the broker to whom the salesperson is transferring. The salesperson is
unlicensed for the period of time between the times and dates of both signatures. The
broker from whom the salesperson is transferring shall sign and date the transfer application
upon the request of the salesperson and shall destroy the salesperson's license immediately.

Sec. 20.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 82.63, subdivision 10, is amended to read:


Subd. 10.

Automatic transfer of broker's license.

When a broker terminates
activity in order to begin association with another broker, the commissioner shall permit
the automatic transfer of the broker's license to a salesperson's license. If there are licensed
salespeople working for the broker, the broker shall certify that a broker will remain in
the company that the broker is leaving prior to issuance of the transfer. The transfer shall
be effective deleted text begineitherdeleted text end upon the mailing of the required fee and the executed documents by
certified mail deleted text beginordeleted text endnew text begin, new text end upon personal delivery of the fee and documents to the commissioner's
officenew text begin, or by electronic means if permitted by the commissionernew text end.

Sec. 21.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 82.63, subdivision 12, is amended to read:


Subd. 12.

Temporary broker's permit.

In the event of death deleted text beginordeleted text endnew text begin,new text end incapacitynew text begin, or
loss of license
new text end of a broker, the commissioner may issue a 45-day temporary permit to an
individual who has had a minimum of deleted text begintwodeleted text endnew text begin threenew text end years actual experience as a licensed real
estate salesperson and who is otherwise reasonably qualified to act as a broker. Upon
application prior to its expiration, the 45-day temporary permit shall be renewed once by
the commissioner if the applicant demonstrates that he or she has made a good faith
effort to obtain a broker's license within the preceding 45 days and an extension of time
will not harm the public interest.

Only those salespersons licensed to the deceased or incapacitated broker at the time
of death or incapacity may conduct business for or on behalf of the person to whom
the temporary broker's license was issued.

Sec. 22.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 82.64, is amended to read:


82.64 RECIPROCITY.

The requirements of sections 82.59, subdivision 8, and 82.61 may be waived for
individuals of other jurisdictions, provided: (1) a written reciprocal licensing agreement
is in effect between the commissioner and the licensing officials of that jurisdiction, (2)
the individual is licensed new text beginin good standing new text endin that jurisdiction, and (3) the licensing
requirements of that jurisdiction are substantially similar to the provisions of this chapter.

Sec. 23.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 82.66, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Buyer's broker agreements.

(a) Requirements. Licensees shall obtain a
signed buyer's broker agreement from a buyer before performing any acts as a buyer's
representative deleted text beginand before a purchase agreement is signeddeleted text end.

(b) Contents. All buyer's broker agreements must be in writing and must include:

(1) a definite expiration date;

(2) the amount of any compensation or commission, or the basis for computing
the commission;

(3) a clear statement explaining the services to be provided to the buyer by the
broker, and the events or conditions that will entitle a broker to a commission or other
compensation;

(4) a clear statement explaining if the agreement may be canceled and the terms
under which the agreement may be canceled;

(5) information regarding an override clause, if applicable, including a statement to
the effect that the override clause will not be effective unless the licensee supplies the buyer
with a protective list within 72 hours after the expiration of the buyer's broker agreement;

(6) the following notice in not less than ten-point boldface type immediately
preceding any provision of the buyer's broker agreement relating to compensation of the
licensee:

"NOTICE: THE COMPENSATION FOR THE PURCHASE, LEASE, RENTAL,
OR MANAGEMENT OF REAL PROPERTY SHALL BE DETERMINED BETWEEN
EACH INDIVIDUAL BROKER AND THE BROKER'S CLIENT.";

(7) the following "dual agency" disclosure statement:

If the buyer(s) choose(s) to purchase a property listed by broker, a dual agency will
be created. This means that broker will represent both the buyer(s) and the seller(s),
and owe the same duties to the seller(s) that broker owes to the buyer(s). This conflict
of interest will prohibit broker from advocating exclusively on the buyer's behalf. Dual
agency will limit the level of representation broker can provide. If a dual agency should
arise, the buyer(s) will need to agree that confidential information about price, terms, and
motivation will still be kept confidential unless the buyer(s) instruct broker in writing to
disclose specific information about the buyer(s). All other information will be shared.
Broker cannot act as a dual agent unless both the buyer(s) and the seller(s) agree to it. By
agreeing to a possible dual agency, the buyer(s) will be giving up the right to exclusive
representation in an in-house transaction. However, if the buyer(s) should decide not to
agree to a possible dual agency, and the buyer(s) want(s) broker to represent the buyer(s),
the buyer(s) may give up the opportunity to purchase the properties listed by broker.

Buyer's Instructions to Broker

.
Buyer(s) will agree to a dual agency representation and will consider
properties listed by broker.
.
Buyer(s) will not agree to a dual agency representation and will not
consider properties listed by broker.
.
.
Buyer
Real Estate Company Name
.
By:
.
Buyer
Salesperson
Date: . ;
and

(8) for buyer's broker agreements which involve residential real property, a notice
stating that after the expiration of the buyer's broker agreement, the buyer will not be
obligated to pay the licensee a fee or commission if the buyer has executed another
valid buyer's broker agreement pursuant to which the buyer is obligated to pay a fee or
commission to another licensee for the purchase, lease, or exchange of real property.

(c) Prohibited provisions. Licensees shall not include in a buyer's broker agreement
a holdover clause, automatic extension, or any other similar provision, or an override
clause the length of which is more than six months after the expiration of the buyer's
broker agreement.

(d) Override clauses. new text begin(1) new text endLicensees shall not seek to enforce an override clause
unless a protective list has been furnished to the buyer within 72 hours after the expiration
of the buyer's broker agreement.

new text begin (2) A buyer's broker agreement may contain an override clause of up to two years in
length when used in conjunction with the purchase or sale of a business. The length of the
override clause must be negotiable between the licensee and the buyer of the business. The
protective list provided in connection with the override clause must include the written
acknowledgement of each party named on the protective list, that the business that is the
subject of the buyer's broker agreement was presented to that party by the licensee.
new text end

(e) Protective lists. A licensee has the burden of demonstrating that each property
on the protective list has been shown to the buyer, or specifically brought to the attention
of the buyer, during the time the buyer's broker agreement was in effect.

(f) Application. This section applies only to residential real property transactions.

Sec. 24.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 82.67, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Agency disclosure form.

The agency disclosure form shall be in
substantially the form set forth below:

AGENCY RELATIONSHIPS IN REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS

Minnesota law requires that early in any relationship, real estate brokers or salespersons
discuss with consumers what type of agency representation or relationship they desire.(1)
The available options are listed below. This is not a contract. This is an agency
disclosure form only. If you desire representation, you must enter into a written
contract according to state law
(a listing contract or a buyer representation contract).
Until such time as you choose to enter into a written contract for representation, you
will be treated as a customer and will not receive any representation from the broker or
salesperson. The broker or salesperson will be acting as a Facilitator (see paragraph V
below), unless the broker or salesperson is representing another party as described below.

ACKNOWLEDGMENT: I/We acknowledge that I/We have been presented with the
below-described options. I/We understand that until I/We have signed a representation
contract, I/We are not represented by the broker/salesperson. I/We understand that written
consent is required for a dual agency relationship. THIS IS A DISCLOSURE ONLY, NOT
A CONTRACT FOR REPRESENTATION.

.
.
Signature
Date
.
.
Signature
Date

I.

Seller's Broker: A broker who lists a property, or a salesperson who is licensed to
the listing broker, represents the Seller and acts on behalf of the Seller. A Seller's
broker owes to the Seller the fiduciary duties described below.(2) The broker
must also disclose to the Buyer material facts as defined in Minnesota Statutes,
section 82.68, subdivision 3, of which the broker is aware that could adversely and
significantly affect the Buyer's use or enjoyment of the property. If a broker or
salesperson working with a Buyer as a customer is representing the Seller, he or
she must act in the Seller's best interest and must tell the Seller any information
disclosed to him or her, except confidential information acquired in a facilitator
relationship (see paragraph V below). In that case, the Buyer will not be represented
and will not receive advice and counsel from the broker or salesperson.

II.

deleted text begin Subagent: A broker or salesperson who is working with a Buyer but represents the
Seller. In this case, the Buyer is the broker's customer and is not represented by that
broker. If a broker or salesperson working with a Buyer as a customer is representing
the Seller, he or she must act in the Seller's best interest and must tell the Seller
any information that is disclosed to him or her. In that case, the Buyer will not be
represented and will not receive advice and counsel from the broker or salesperson.
deleted text end

deleted text begin III.
deleted text end

Buyer's Broker: A Buyer may enter into an agreement for the broker or salesperson
to represent and act on behalf of the Buyer. The broker may represent the Buyer
only, and not the Seller, even if he or she is being paid in whole or in part by the
Seller. A Buyer's broker owes to the Buyer the fiduciary duties described below.(2)
The broker must disclose to the Buyer material facts as defined in Minnesota
Statutes, section 82.68, subdivision 3, of which the broker is aware that could
adversely and significantly affect the Buyer's use or enjoyment of the property. If
a broker or salesperson working with a Seller as a customer is representing the
Buyer, he or she must act in the Buyer's best interest and must tell the Buyer any
information disclosed to him or her, except confidential information acquired in a
facilitator relationship (see paragraph V below). In that case, the Seller will not be
represented and will not receive advice and counsel from the broker or salesperson.

deleted text begin IV. deleted text end new text begin III.
new text end

Dual Agency-Broker Representing both Seller and Buyer: Dual agency occurs
when one broker or salesperson represents both parties to a transaction, or when two
salespersons licensed to the same broker each represent a party to the transaction.
Dual agency requires the informed consent of all parties, and means that the broker
and salesperson owe the same duties to the Seller and the Buyer. This role limits the
level of representation the broker and salespersons can provide, and prohibits them
from acting exclusively for either party. In a dual agency, confidential information
about price, terms, and motivation for pursuing a transaction will be kept confidential
unless one party instructs the broker or salesperson in writing to disclose specific
information about him or her. Other information will be shared. Dual agents may
not advocate for one party to the detriment of the other.(3)

Within the limitations described above, dual agents owe to both Seller and Buyer the
fiduciary duties described below.(2) Dual agents must disclose to Buyers material
facts as defined in Minnesota Statutes, section 82.68, subdivision 3, of which the
broker is aware that could adversely and significantly affect the Buyer's use or
enjoyment of the property.

deleted text begin V. deleted text end new text begin IV.
new text end

Facilitator: A broker or salesperson who performs services for a Buyer, a Seller, or
both but does not represent either in a fiduciary capacity as a Buyer's Broker, Seller's
Broker, or Dual Agent. THE FACILITATOR BROKER OR SALESPERSON
DOES NOT OWE ANY PARTY ANY OF THE FIDUCIARY DUTIES LISTED
BELOW, EXCEPT CONFIDENTIALITY, UNLESS THOSE DUTIES ARE
INCLUDED IN A WRITTEN FACILITATOR SERVICES AGREEMENT.
The
facilitator broker or salesperson owes the duty of confidentiality to the party but
owes no other duty to the party except those duties required by law or contained in
a written facilitator services agreement, if any. In the event a facilitator broker or
salesperson, working with a Buyer, shows a property listed by the facilitator broker
or salesperson, then the facilitator broker or salesperson must act as a Seller's Broker
(see paragraph I above). In the event a facilitator broker or salesperson, working
with a Seller, accepts a showing of the property by a Buyer being represented by the
facilitator broker or salesperson, then the facilitator broker or salesperson must act
as a Buyer's Broker (see paragraph III above).

.

(1) This disclosure is required by law in any transaction involving property occupied
or intended to be occupied by one to four families as their residence.

(2) The fiduciary duties mentioned above are listed below and have the following
meanings:

Loyalty-broker/salesperson will act only in client(s)' best interest.

Obedience-broker/salesperson will carry out all client(s)' lawful instructions.

Disclosure-broker/salesperson will disclose to client(s) all material facts of which
broker/salesperson has knowledge which might reasonably affect the client's use and
enjoyment of the property.

Confidentiality-broker/salesperson will keep client(s)' confidences unless required
by law to disclose specific information (such as disclosure of material facts to Buyers).

Reasonable Care-broker/salesperson will use reasonable care in performing duties as
an agent.

Accounting-broker/salesperson will account to client(s) for all client(s)' money
and property received as agent.

(3) If Seller(s) deleted text begindecidesdeleted text endnew text begin elect(s)new text end not to agree to a dual agency relationship,
Seller(s) may give up the opportunity to sell the property to Buyers represented by the
broker/salesperson. If Buyer(s) deleted text begindecidesdeleted text endnew text begin elect(s)new text end not to agree to a dual agency relationship,
Buyer(s) may give up the opportunity to purchase properties listed by the broker.

Sec. 25.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 82.68, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Material facts.

(a) A licensee shall disclose to a prospective purchaser
all material facts of which the licensee is aware, which could adversely and significantly
affect an ordinary purchaser's use or enjoyment of the property, or any intended use of the
property of which the licensee is aware.

(b) It is not a material fact relating to real property offered for sale the fact or
suspicion that the property:

(1) is or was occupied by an owner or occupant who is or was suspected
to be infected with human immunodeficiency virus or diagnosed with acquired
immunodeficiency syndrome;

(2) was the site of a suicide, accidental death, natural death, or perceived paranormal
activity; or

(3) is located in a neighborhood containing any adult family home, community-based
residential facility, or nursing home.

(c) A licensee or employee of the licensee has no duty to disclose information
regarding an offender who is required to register under section 243.166, or about whom
notification is made under that section, if the broker or salesperson, in a timely manner,
provides a written notice that information about the predatory offender registry and
persons registered with the registry may be obtained by contacting local law enforcement
where the property is located or the Department of Corrections.

(d) A licensee or employee of the licensee has no duty to disclose information
regarding airport zoning regulations if the broker or salesperson, in a timely manner,
provides a written notice that a copy of the airport zoning regulations as adopted can be
reviewed or obtained at the office of the county recorder where the zoned area is located.

(e) A licensee is not required to disclose, except as otherwise provided in paragraph
(f), information relating to the physical condition of the property or any other information
relating to the real estate transaction, if a written report that discloses the information has
been prepared by a qualified third party and provided to the person. For the purposes of this
paragraph, "qualified third party" means a federal, state, or local governmental agency, or
any person whom the broker, salesperson, or a party to the real estate transaction reasonably
believes has the expertise necessary to meet the industry standards of practice for the type
of inspection or investigation that has been conducted by the third party in order to prepare
the written report and who is acceptable to the person to whom the disclosure is being made.

(f) A licensee shall disclose to the parties to a real estate transaction any facts known
by the broker or salesperson that contradict any information included in a written report
described in paragraph (e), if a copy of the report is provided to the licensee.

(g) The limitation on disclosures in deleted text beginparagraphs (b) and (c)deleted text endnew text begin this subdivisionnew text end shall
modify any common law duties with respect to disclosure of material facts.

Sec. 26.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 82.69, is amended to read:


82.69 ADVERTISING REQUIREMENTS.

deleted text begin A licensee shall identify himself or herself as either a broker or an agent salesperson
in
deleted text end Any advertising deleted text beginfor the purchase, sale, lease, exchange, mortgaging, transfer, or other
disposition of real property, whether the advertising pertains to the licensee's own property
or the property of others
deleted text endnew text begin by a licensee must include the real estate brokerage name more
prominently displayed than the licensee's name
new text end.

If a salesperson or broker is part of a team or group within the brokerage, the licensee
may include the team or group name in the advertising only under the following conditions:

(1) the inclusion of the team or group name is authorized by the primary broker of
the brokerage to which the salesperson or broker is licensed; and

(2) the real estate brokerage name is included and more prominently displayed than
the team or group name in the advertising.

Sec. 27.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 82.70, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Licensee to receive only fromnew text begin, or authorized by, new text end broker.

new text beginUnless
authorized in writing by the real estate broker to whom the licensee is licensed or to
whom the licensee was licensed at the time of the transaction, a licensee shall not pay and
new text enda licensee shall not accept a commission, compensation, referral fee, new text beginBPO fee, new text endor other
valuable consideration for the performance of any acts requiring a real estate license from
any person except the real estate broker to whom the licensee is licensed or to whom the
licensee was licensed at the time of the transaction.

Sec. 28.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 82.70, subdivision 5, is amended to read:


Subd. 5.

Directing payment of compensation.

A licensed real estate broker or
salesperson may assign or direct that commissions or other compensation earned in
connection with a real estate or business opportunity transaction be paid to a corporation,
limited liability company, or sole proprietorship of which the licensed real estate broker
or salesperson is the sole owner.new text begin "Sole owner" in this subdivision means the licensed
real estate broker or salesperson and may include the licensed real estate broker's or
salesperson's spouse.
new text end

Sec. 29.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 82.71, subdivision 5, is amended to read:


Subd. 5.

Closing statement.

The listing broker or his or her designee new text beginif acting as
the transaction closing agent
new text endshall deliver to the seller, at the time of closing, a complete
and detailed closing statement setting forth all of the receipts and disbursements handled
by the broker for the seller. The listing broker new text beginif acting as the transaction closing agent
new text endshall also deliver to the buyer, at the time of closing, a complete and detailed statement
setting forth the disposition of all money received in the transaction from the buyer.

Sec. 30.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 82.72, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Examination of records.

The commissioner may make examinations
within or deleted text beginwithoutdeleted text endnew text begin outside ofnew text end this state of each broker's or closing agent's records at such
reasonable time and in such scope as is necessary to enforce the provisions of this chapter.

Sec. 31.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 82.72, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Retention.

A licensed real estate broker shall retain for six years copies
of all listings, buyer representation and facilitator services contracts, deposit receipts,
purchase money contracts, canceled checks, trust account records, and such other
documents as may reasonably be related to carrying on a real estate brokerage business.
The retention period shall run from the date of the closing of the transaction, or from
the date of the new text beginclosing new text enddocument if the deleted text begindocumentdeleted text endnew text begin transactionnew text end is not consummated. The
following documents need not be retained:

(1) agency disclosure forms provided to prospective buyers or sellers, where no
contractual relationship is subsequently created and no services are provided by the
licensee; and

(2) facilitator services contracts or buyer representation contracts entered into with
prospective buyers, where the prospective buyer abandons the contractual relationship
before any services have been provided by the licensee.

Sec. 32.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 82.735, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Requirements.

A person licensed under this chapter or chapter 82B
may prepare and provide a broker price opinion and new text begina broker new text endmay charge and collect a fee
for it if the license of that licensee is active and in good standing.

Sec. 33.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 82.75, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Generally.

All trust funds received by a broker or the broker's
salespeople or closing agents shall be deposited deleted text beginforthwith upon receiptdeleted text endnew text begin, as provided in
subdivision 5,
new text end in a trust account, maintained by the broker for such purpose in a bank,
savings association, credit union, or an industrial loan and thrift company with deposit
liabilities designated by the broker or closing agent, except as such money may be paid
to one of the parties pursuant to express written agreement between the parties to a
transaction. The depository bank shall be a Minnesota bank or trust company or any
foreign bank and shall authorize the commissioner to examine its records of such deposits
upon demand by the commissioner. The industrial loan and thrift company shall be
organized under chapter 53. The savings association or credit union shall be organized
under the laws of any state or the United States.

Sec. 34.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 82.75, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Licensee acting as principal.

A licensee acting in the capacity of
principal in a real estate transaction where the seller retains any liability, contingent or
otherwise, for the payment of an obligation on the property shall deposit in a Minnesota
bank or trust company, any foreign bank which authorizes the commissioner to examine
its records of the deposits, a savings association, credit union, or an industrial loan and
thrift company organized under chapter 53 with deposit liabilities, in a trust account,
those parts of all payments received on contracts that are necessary to meet any amounts
concurrently due and payable on any existing mortgages, contracts for deed or other
conveyancing instruments, and reserve for taxes and insurance or any other encumbrance
on the receipts. The deposits must be maintained until disbursement is made under the
terms of the encumbrance and proper accounting on the property made to the parties
entitled to an accounting. The provisions of this subdivision relating to rental of interests
in real estate apply only to residential propertynew text begin, except as provided in section 82.73,
subdivision 3, paragraph (e)
new text end.

Sec. 35.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 82.75, subdivision 5, is amended to read:


Subd. 5.

Trust accounts.

(a) Each broker or closing agent shall maintain and retain
records of all trust funds and trust accounts. The commissioner may prescribe information
to be included in the records by appropriate rules.

(b) Unless otherwise agreed upon in writing by the parties to a transaction, the
broker with whom trust funds are to be deposited deleted text beginin satisfaction of subdivision 1deleted text end shall be
the listing broker.

(c) deleted text beginA checkdeleted text endnew text begin Earnest moneynew text end received from a potential buyer shall be deposited into
the listing broker's trust account deleted text beginnot later than the thirddeleted text endnew text begin pursuant to the terms of a written
agreement between the parties. If the written agreement between the parties is silent as
to the timing of the deposit of earnest money, the listing broker shall deposit the earnest
money within three
new text end business deleted text beginday after delivery of the check to the broker, except that the
check may be held by the listing broker until
deleted text endnew text begin days of either receipt of the earnest money or
final
new text end acceptance deleted text beginor rejection of the offer if:deleted text endnew text begin of the purchase agreement, whichever is later.
new text end

deleted text begin (1) the check by its terms is not negotiable by the broker or if the potential buyer has
given written instructions that the check shall not be deposited nor cashed until acceptance
or shall be immediately returned if the offer is rejected; and
deleted text end

deleted text begin (2) the potential seller is informed that the check is being so held before or at the
time the offer is presented to that person for acceptance.
deleted text end

deleted text begin If the offer is accepted, the check shall be deposited in a neutral escrow depository or
the trust fund account of the listing broker not later than the third business day following
acceptance of the offer unless the broker has received written authorization from all
parties to the transaction to continue to hold the check.
deleted text end If the offer is rejected, the deleted text begincheck
deleted text endnew text begin earnest moneynew text end shall be returned to the potential buyer not later than the next business
day after rejection.

(d) Trust funds must be maintained in a trust account until disbursement is made in
accordance with deleted text beginthe terms of the applicable agreementsdeleted text endnew text begin this sectionnew text end and proper accounting
is made to the parties entitled to an accounting.

new text begin Trust funds may only be disbursed upon the occurrence of one of the following:
new text end

new text begin (1) a closing of the transaction;
new text end

new text begin (2) written agreement between the parties;
new text end

new text begin (3) pursuant to an affidavit as required in section 559.217; or
new text end

new text begin (4) a court order.
new text end

Disbursement must be made within deleted text begina reasonable timedeleted text endnew text begin ten business daysnew text end following
the consummation or termination of a transaction if the applicable agreements are silent
as to the time of disbursement.

Sec. 36.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 82.81, subdivision 6, is amended to read:


Subd. 6.

Disclosure regarding representation of parties.

(a) No person licensed
pursuant to this chapter or who otherwise acts as a real estate broker or salesperson shall
fail to provide at the first substantive contact with a consumer in a residential real property
transaction an agency disclosure form as set forth in section 82.67.

(b) The seller may, in the listing agreement, authorize the seller's broker to disburse
part of the broker's compensation to other brokers, including the buyer's brokers solely
representing the buyernew text begin, as authorized in section 82.70, subdivision 4new text end.

Sec. 37. new text begin REPEALER.
new text end

new text begin Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 82.55, subdivision 17, new text end new text begin is repealed.
new text end