by Phil Hoover, Real Estate Broker

What Is BTVA?

You’ve probably seen the letters “BTVA” on listings you see on various real estate websites.

It’s usually in the agent remarks that are not visible to the public, but sometimes it’s included in the public remarks of MLS listings.

It stands for “Buyer To Verify All” and is a catchphrase of questionable value intended to relieve listing agents of responsibility for errors and omissions in their listings.

Nice try, but simply inserting BTVA in a listing doesn’t eliminate the listing agent’s responsibility to provide full and accurate information in their listing.

That said, buyers should double-check important details of a property, including schools, property taxes, association dues and transfer fees, etc.

May 16th, 2011 Posted in Inside Real Estate Print This Post Print This Post
  1. 2 Responses to “What Is BTVA?”

  2. By Sad on May 16, 2011

    “Nice try, but simply inserting BTVA in a listing doesn’t eliminate the listing agent’s responsibility to provide full and accurate information in their listing.”

    Phil, can you recall 1 instance in recent times of a Realtor(R) being called out and liable for their ‘representations’. I hear a lot about duty etc… but with all the BS that happened in recent years its seems any duty implied by the (R) is non-existant.

  3. By philhoov on May 16, 2011

    Thanks for your comment.
    Actually, I do believe that most agents do their best to provide accurate information and full disclosure.

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