PROFESSIONS, VOCATIONS, AND BUSINESSES
IDAHO REAL ESTATE LICENSE LAW
54-2048. Responsible broker for the transaction — Duties and recordkeeping. The "responsible broker," as referred to in this section, shall be responsible to the commission for the transaction, transaction records, the funds and closing in accordance with the requirements of this chapter. The broker who lists and sells any real property shall be deemed the responsible broker in the transaction. In the case of a cooperative sale, the broker who holds entrusted funds in a real estate trust account while the transaction is pending, or who delivers or transfers the funds to the closing agency or any authorized party other than the cooperating broker in the transaction, shall be deemed the broker responsible for the transaction. The responsible broker shall:
(1) Ensure the correctness and delivery of detailed closing statements that accurately reflect all receipts and disbursements for their respective accounts to both the buyer and seller in a transaction, even if the closing is completed by a real estate escrow closing agent, title company or other authorized third party and regardless of the responsible broker’s agent or nonagent relationship to the buyer or seller.
(2) Show proof of delivery of the closing statement to the buyer and seller by their signatures on copies of such closing statements, which shall be retained in the broker’s transaction file. When signatures of the parties cannot be obtained, a copy of the closing statement transmittal letter, sent by certified mail, return receipt requested, or a written certification of delivery signed by an officer of the escrow closing agency, shall be retained in the broker’s transaction files.
(3) Create and maintain, for the retention period required in section 54-2049, Idaho Code, a transaction file containing the following documents, as applicable. For all pending, closed or fallen transactions, the original or a true and correct copy of:
(a) Signed closing statements, if applicable;
(b) Written and signed brokerage representation agreements, if any. A responsible broker who is representing both the seller and the buyer in a transaction shall retain properly executed brokerage representation agreements in the transaction file and, if appropriate to the transaction, a properly executed "consent to limited dual representation" statement. A responsible broker who has a signed brokerage representation agreement with only one (1) party to the transaction, either buyer or seller, must retain only that one (1) agreement in the transaction file;
(c) All offers accepted, countered or rejected, which must each be retained in the manner required in section 54-2049, Idaho Code;
(d) The original or a true and correct copy of all rejected offers must be retained in the files of the selling broker for the statutory records retention period in section 54-2049, Idaho Code.
[54-2048, added 2000, ch. 285, sec. 3, p. 938; am. 2020, ch. 87, sec. 4, p. 235.]