Can a realtor be held responsible for making an agreement on behalf of her client?

UPDATED: Nov 9, 2011

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Can a realtor be held responsible for making an agreement on behalf of her client?

I brought in furniture for a realtor out-of-state after she agreed via voicemail and email that I could trust her client and her client was good for the payment. When I questioned her she kept reassuring me that all was well. She is a VP at a large real estate firm in so I totally did trust in her. Well the check bounced and I have been unable to collect. All my furniture is now sitting in an out-of-state apartment and I cannot afford to go get it without payment. Since I do have emails and voicemails from the realtor verbally agreeing to the transaction can I sue the agent?

Asked on November 9, 2011 under Real Estate Law, New York


FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Under the laws of all states in this country, an authorized real estate agent is the agent in fact for his or her principal and can bind the principal via representations and written documentation.

If your furniture that you brought in based upon the representations of the agent that you contacted has resulted in damages to you, you would have a factual and legal basis for bringing suit against the agent and the principal. Good luck.

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