The Importance of Delivering Copies of Agreements in the Real Estate Sector: The Case of Ben

It is often easy to overlook small actions that nevertheless have a large impact on the validity and fulfillment of a deal. An illustrative example of this is the situation between Ben and Tom.

The Scenario: Seemingly Innocent Negligence

Ben has just signed a valid listing agreement with Tom. With the agreement in hand and the feeling of having closed a successful deal, Ben save all copies of the contract in his briefcase and leaves. At first glance, it may seem like everything is in order, but if Ben continues without reflecting on his action, he is committing a significant violation.

The Requirement: Provide a Copy of the Agreement at the Time of Signing

According to BPC 10142, once a contract that involves the provision of a licensed service in the real estate sector is signed, it is imperative that deliver a copy of said contract to all signatories at that precise moment.

  • Transparency: Providing a copy at the time of signing ensures that all parties have immediate and complete access to the stipulated terms and conditions.
  • Legal Protection: Having a copy of the signed contract serves as a record of what was agreed upon, providing a backup in case of future discrepancies or disputes.
  • Consequences of Non-Compliance: Failure to follow this procedure is not only a violation of the rule, but may lead to the suspension or revocation of the real estate agent's license. With a suspended license, the possibility of receiving compensation for the treatment becomes uncertain, if not null.


Ben's case highlights the importance of meticulously following standard procedures in real estate. What may seem like a simple oversight can have legal and professional consequences. In real estate, every step, no matter how small, is crucial to ensure fair, transparent and legally compliant deals. It is essential that professionals like Ben are aware of these details and perform due diligence at every stage of the process.

Legal and Tax Disclaimer

Please be advised that the content presented in this blog is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal or tax advice. The articles and information provided here are written from the perspective of a real estate agent affiliated with Keller Williams, and do not represent legal or tax counsel.

As the author, I am a licensed real estate professional under Keller Williams, holding Brokerage DRE License Number: #02197031. However, it is important to note that my expertise is in the field of real estate, and not in legal or tax matters. The insights and opinions shared on this blog are based on my experiences and knowledge in the real estate industry and should be treated as general guidance rather than definitive legal or tax advice.

For specific legal or tax concerns relating to any real estate transactions or investments, readers are strongly encouraged to consult with a qualified attorney or tax advisor who can provide tailored advice based on your individual circumstances and the latest legal and regulatory requirements.

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