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Rhode Island Rhode Island

Positive icon Allows choice of brokerage services
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In February 2007, identical bills were introduced in the Rhode Island Senate and House of Representatives (S. 370 and H. 5432) that included minimum service requirements for real estate brokers who enter exclusive agreements with clients. The MLS in Rhode Island requires that brokers enter into exclusive agreements with clients.

The Antitrust Division sent letters to the sponsors of the bills detailing the benefits consumers can realize when they are permitted to choose the services they wish to purchase from their real estate broker. Ultimately, the bill sponsors engaged in discussions with the Rhode Island Association of Realtors and the Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation, and substitute bills eliminating the minimum service requirements (S. 370A and H. 5432A) were introduced. The substitute bills became law in July 2007.

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Press Releases

July 1, 2003

Justice Department Urges Rhode Island Senate to Continue Allowing Non-Lawyers to Close Real Estate Deals

April 2, 2002

Justice Department and FTC Urge Rhode Island Legislature to Allow Non-Lawyers to Perform Real Estate Closings

Comment Letter

March 7, 2007

Letter to Senator Walaska and Representative Picard Re: Rhode Island Senate Bill 370/House Bill 5432

June 30, 2003

Comments to the Rhode Island Senate Re: Proposed House Bill 5936, Restricting Competition from Non-Attorneys in Real Estate Closing Activities

March 28, 2003

Comments to the Rhode Island House of Representatives Re: Proposed House Bills 5936 and 5639, Restricting Competition from Non-Attorneys in Real Estate Closing Activities

March 29, 2002

Comments to the Rhode Island House of Representatives Re: Proposed House Bill 7462, Restricting Competition from Non-Attorneys in Real Estate Closing Activities

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