Dear REALTOR® member:
Thank you for your interest in the mediation process. Although a majority of real estate transactions close without incident, occasionally there is a problem or dispute over the commission. When a commission dispute does arise, it is usually successfully resolved through the normal channels of communication and negotiation. However, when the issue is not resolved, you may take your commission dispute to mediation.
Mediation is a process in which disputing parties attempt to resolve their disagreements with the help of an impartial, trained party – the mediator. The mediator does not offer opinions, pass judgment or render legally binding decisions. The mediator’s only function is to help the parties identify their differences and reach an agreement on how to resolve those differences.
When the disputing parties have reached and agreed upon a mutually acceptable
solution, they sign a written agreement which outlines the terms of the settlement.
Once the agreement is signed, the parties are legally bound to abide by its terms. If the parties cannot reach a mutually agreeable settlement, they are free to arbitrate their dispute as if the mediation never took place.
In addition to being easier, faster and less expensive than arbitration, mediation is nonadversarial. Decisions rendered by an arbitration hearing panel usually involve a
winning party and a losing party. In mediation, there are no losing parties because the parties have been part of the process and together have agreed on the terms of the settlement.
You may file for mediation prior to filing for arbitration. Attached you will find the
paperwork to file for mediation.