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Buyer Agency Agreement Mandate

Indiana Law Mandates Written Buyer Agency Agreements Beginning July 1

Starting July 1, 2024, a written buyer agency agreement is required by Indiana law for licensed real estate brokers. As a courtesy, CREA is communicating this change to our members for your awareness.

Key Information:
  • HEA1068 passed the Indiana General Assembly with unanimous support and was signed into law by Governor Eric Holcomb on March 11, 2024 to be effective July 1, 2024. Read more about the bill here.
  • This mandate is required of residential and commercial real estate agents. All licensed real estate brokers in Indiana must follow this requirement – not only including REALTORS® and non-REALTORS®. The Indiana Real Estate Commission will enforce and regulate occupational practices.
  • HEA1068 only requires that buyer representation be formalized in writing, with an expiration date, with the original retained by the buyer broker and a copy provided to the buyer client; this requirement applies to all Indiana real estate licensees.
  • Agreements must be executed before a broker can begin negotiating on behalf of a buyer; it is advisable to secure signed agreements as early as possible (e.g. before the client shares confidential information).
  • This amount must also be set in a “non-open-ended” way (for example, the agreement could establish a flat fee or percentage-of-sale-price commission, but could not say, “based on an offer from the seller”).
  • Finally, the proposed settlement forbids any implication that buyer broker services are “free” to the buyer by assuming seller or listing broker cooperation.
  • A buyer agreement must also include a disclaimer that broker compensation is fully negotiable and not set by law.
  • This change has no bearing on lease transactions.

This list is not intended to be exhaustive of all considerations. CREA is not responsible or liable for any actions you take or do not take in response to this legal change.

What you need to do:

Make sure your real estate office is utilizing the most current version of the buyer agency agreement forms. These forms should be carefully reviewed and approved by a licensed commercial real estate attorney to ensure full compliance with Indiana law. Realtor members will have access to this updated form through ZipForms.


If you have questions about these changes, please consult a qualified commercial real estate attorney or contact the Indiana Real Estate Commission at or 317-232-2960. CREA does not have legal counsel on staff. REALTORS® also have the option to reach out to the IAR legal hotline if they have questions 1-800-444-5472.

Information courtesy of the Indiana Association of Realtors