Common real estate practices that may be taken for granted as typical in the U.S. can vary greatly in other countries. To help members understand how the industry works elsewhere, the National Association of REALTORS® offers a resource with general guidelines for real estate practices in dozens of other countries.

For example, it’s the seller in Norway who typically hires the broker, but the broker is required by law to be an independent third party, representing both the seller and buyer and offering relevant information to each.

You can find the resource on NAR’s website.

Although the guidelines have been provided by NAR’s cooperating association partners in their respective countries, it’s a good idea to get connected with the association or agents in that country to be sure you aren’t breaking any laws or regulations. A co-marketing or co-brokering relationship can be beneficial when working abroad.

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