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Radius Cheat Sheet: CA Buyer Rep Forms
Radius Cheat Sheet: CA Buyer Rep Forms

Your guide to the newly released and newly revised CAR Buyer Representation forms

Updated over a week ago

This cheat sheet is your guide to effortlessly navigating the vital California Buyer Representation Forms. Our goal is to make understanding these new forms a breeze by providing clear summaries of their importance and purpose. With this knowledge, you can confidently ensure that you receive well-deserved compensation for your hard work!

Please note: We will continue to update this form as additional forms become available.


Update Announcements

June 4th Updates:

  1. Radius Requirement Status Change: BCA Broker Compensation Advisory, will be updated from if applicable to required on purchase checklists. Effective July 1st 2024.

  2. Removed: CAA California Association of Realtors Buyer Representation Agreement, this document is obsolete and will not be released by CAR.


CAR Forms

ABCD: Anticipated Broker Compensation Disclosure Form

The "Anticipated Broker Compensation Disclosure Form" is a form that outlines the expected compensation that a real estate broker or agent anticipates receiving in a specific transaction. This form is designed to provide transparency to all parties involved in the transaction, including buyers, sellers, and cooperating brokers.

  • Radius Requirement Status: The ABCD will be an if applicable document on all Radius purchase checklists until further notice

  • Identification of Parties: The form typically identifies the broker or agent representing the buyer and/or seller in the transaction.

  • Description of Compensation: It outlines the type and amount of compensation that the broker or agent expects to receive in the transaction. This may include commission amounts, referral fees, or other forms of compensation.

  • Source of Compensation: The form specifies the source of the compensation, such as the seller, the buyer, or a third party. This provides clarity regarding who will be responsible for paying the broker or agent.

  • Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest: The form may include a disclosure of any potential conflicts of interest that could arise from the compensation arrangement. This ensures that all parties are aware of any factors that could influence the broker's or agent's actions.

  • Signatures: The form is typically signed by the broker or agent and the client(s) to acknowledge receipt and understanding of the anticipated broker compensation.

BCA: Broker Compensation Advisory

  • Radius Requirement Status: The BCA will be a required document on all Radius purchase checklists. Effective July 1st 2024.

  • When to use: The BCC form is used to formalize the commission agreement between the buyer and their agent.

  • Why it's important: The BCC form specifies the commission amount or percentage that the buyer agrees to pay their agent upon successful completion of a transaction. It helps prevent disputes over compensation and ensures that the agent is fairly compensated for their services.

BTA: Buyer's Transaction Advisory

  • Radius Requirement Status: The BTA will be a required document on all Radius purchase checklists beginning June 1st

  • When to use: The BTA form is typically provided to the buyer at the beginning of the transaction process to educate them about various aspects of the transaction.

  • Why it's important: The BTA form serves as an educational tool for buyers, providing information about the steps involved in purchasing a property, potential risks, and the roles of various parties involved in the transaction. It helps buyers make informed decisions and navigate the process more effectively.

BRBC: Buyer Representation Agreement - Exclusive

  • Radius Requirement Status: The BRBC will be a required document on all Radius purchase checklists starting June 1st

  • When to use: The BRBC form is used when a buyer wants to engage a real estate agent exclusively to represent them in their property search and purchase process.

  • Why it's important: Similar to the CAA form, the BRBC establishes the exclusive relationship between the buyer and their agent, outlining the agent's duties, compensation, and the duration of the agreement. It provides clarity and protection for both parties.

CBC: Cooperating Broker Compensation Agreement

  • Radius Requirement Status: The CBC will be a required document on all Radius purchase checklists starting June 1st

  • When to use: The CBCis used when a buyer's agent expects to receive compensation from the seller or the listing broker in a transaction where the buyer's agent is not representing the seller's interests.

  • Why it's important: The CBC outlines the terms of compensation between the listing broker and the buyer's agent, including the amount or percentage of the commission and any conditions or contingencies associated with payment. It helps ensure that cooperating brokers are fairly compensated for their services in facilitating the transaction.

SP: Single Party Compensation Agreement

  • Radius Requirement Status: The SP will be an if applicable document on all Radius purchase and listing checklists

  • When to use: The SP is used when a buyer agrees to compensate their agent directly, rather than relying on compensation from the seller or another party. This situation may arise when the buyer is purchasing a property that is not listed on the market or when the buyer is responsible for paying their agent's commission.

  • Why it's important: The SP clarifies the compensation arrangement between the buyer and their agent, ensuring that both parties understand their financial obligations. It helps prevent misunderstandings and disputes over compensation, especially in situations where the buyer is responsible for paying their agent's commission.

SPBB: Seller Payment to Buyer’s Broker

Sellers may choose to compensate the buyer's agent as a way of acknowledging and respecting the role that the agent plays in representing the buyer's interests throughout the transaction process.

  • Radius Requirement Status: The SPBB will be an if applicable document on all Radius purchase checklists until further notice

  • When to use: The SPBB is used in situations where the seller acknowledges the value of the buyer's agent's services.

  • Why it’s important: By offering compensation to the buyer's agent, sellers can attract more potential buyers to their property.

BIA: Buyer Inspection Advisory

  • Radius Requirement Status: The BIA is currently a required document on all Radius purchase checklists

  • When to use: This form should be provided to the buyer before they conduct any property inspections. It educates the buyer about their rights and responsibilities regarding property inspections.

  • Why it's important: The BIA ensures that buyers are informed about the inspection process, including the types of inspections they may want to consider and the importance of hiring qualified inspectors. It helps buyers make informed decisions about the property's condition.


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