UPDATE: 7/20/18 NWMLS Order Form no longer available.
I was told to take down the .pdf order form used to buy NWMLS forms and not make it available here. Hmmm…. You’ll need to call them to request the order form used by lawyers to purchase the Northwest Multiple Listing Service forms: (425) 820-9200
Wonder why a lawyer might want to buy NWMLS contract forms? Read on to find out. In a nutshell, consumers win – and win bigly – when lawyers compete with real estate agents. Access to broker forms allows that to happen easily.
NWMLS Forms For Sale
Many lawyers here in Washington don’t realize that they have access to Northwest Multiple Listing Service NWMLS forms. These are the contract forms used by real estate agents. With access to broker forms, attorneys can easily compete with brokers in regards to providing legal services. Attorneys are – believe it or not – far less expensive. Plus they provide a higher level of legal services/
In fact, the NWMLS provides its member agents with a comprehensive set of forms to handle just about every real estate transaction imaginable. These forms satisfy the law as set forth in the seminal case of Cultum v. Heritage House. That case requires that real estate brokers use forms when creating contracts. Specifically, real estate agents may engage in the limited practice of law by completing blanks in pre-printed forms that were drafted by attorneys.
Lawyers can Buy Most Common NWMLS Forms
The NWMLS offers its NWMLS forms for sale to Washington attorneys. So a lawyer can purchase all of the real estate forms needed for a comprehensive offer (with full due diligence protections) that will look like any other received by the seller.
And that is important. If a listing broker receives a non-NWMLS offer, it puts the broker in a difficult position. If the broker has no training or experience with the forms used, she may feel compelled to refer the seller to a lawyer. That, in turn, may not be well received by the seller. Or if there are multiple offers, the last thing the buyer wants is for her offer to look very different. That is likely to get it tossed from consideration right out of the gate.
Lawyers are in a unique position to provide a valuable alternative to the high cost of real estate brokers.