Michael Ackerman, a Seattle real estate broker with Coldwell Banker Bain, blogs about real estate agency. Real estate agency is the relationship you have with the agent or broker that you hire to represent your needs in a transaction. In the state of Washington, it is legal for a broker to represent both parties – this is called Dual Agency. Michael prefers not to be a Dual Agent, and only represents one party in any transaction he is involved with. If you hire Michael to represent you in a real estate transaction, he will only represent your needs 100% of the time. If you have any questions or comments, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.mackerman.com.