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I am a Maryland agent and yes that is the rule brought down by the Real Estate Commission. Seems some sellers complained that agents were holding their homes open to NOT sell their home but to get buyers. So... now we are not allowed to talk to buyers about other listings at the open but can afterwards. We are representing the seller at the listing and I explain that to the buyers and that I would be happy to discuss other homes after the open is over. Have not found buyers to balk if explained properly. Once they understand and if we have built a repore at the open they are happy to have me talk to them afterwards.
I do but not right out the gate. If the lead is on one of my listings my duty is to share as much about the house as I can. If they are smitten from my discription and want to see I will then ask if they are agent bound. If the lead is on a home that is not my listing I will share what I do know and then ask. I think we put too much pressure on a lead as to their allegience right out the gate. Buyer agency comes out of building a relationship not out of sign it or go away. IMHO
Bill Lublin go way back up the thread when you referred to the Maryland FAQ. You clearly quoted "Only if the licensee has done everything possible to interest the consumer in purchasing the property, and the consumer clearly states that he or she has no interest in purchasing the property, may a licensee offer to exchange contact information and to assist the consumer at a time after the open house, " and moments later short circuited the law by saying "Simply put, once the agent asks the buyer "are you interested in buying the house?", and the buyer says, "no its not for me", the agent is free to offer them other properties after they go through whatever the appropriate agency disclosures are"...you completely overlooked "AFTER THE OPEN HOUSE". You can not do anything more than schedule a meeting. You can't just blindly say , well they didn't want this house so I am free to chat up others. You did it in the very next paragraph and you wonder why agents overlook laws. It is plain english and was lost in thirty or forty words.