Lana, I believe it was just for conversation since so many lay people read this. No disrespect intended to anyone this may offend but one shouldnt even be in a real estate office if one doesnt know the very last detail of agency relationships.
Back in trhe day when I had to show caves from the back of my dinosaur, I questioned agency. That was 1979 as a new licensee. I immediatly decided that dual agenmcy should not even be legal. How couild it be pulled of? If not for the fact that many in the industry like to 'double end' commissions, dual agency probably wouldnt have ever been allowed. If I fall in your driveway am I going to call your lawyer to represent me? Hardly. I was making my own agency agreements before many states even considered it an issue, and designed a form for doing the real estate and mortgage transactions as a dual agent. Calif DRE legal services called it 'One of the most progressive' stands they had seen. In fact, Oregons current agreement for that is almost a carbon copy of my old one from circa 1982.
Why do I bore you with how great I am? lol. Its just that I could see agency could be a problem. If were a broker with agents, I wouldnt allow them to practice the profession without a TOTAL understanding of the rules/regs/liabilities. Thumbs up to Carla for bringing it up.