This is going to be hard to believe but people sign contracts without really reading them and some state that they have no interest in what is in the contract.
I go over contracts with buyers and sellers, and I ask them if they have any questions before they sign but for some reason people are more likely to ask the questions after they have signed contracts. Once a contract is fully executed it becomes much harder to get the other party to agree to changes in it.
If you are over 18 and you sign a purchase agreement to buy or sell a house or a listing agreement to put your home on the market, or a contract to be represented as a buyer you have just signed a legal binding contract. Both the buyer rep and the listing contract have end dates but either of them can be ended by mutual agreement. Purchase agreements are a bit more complicated.
It is always alright to consult an attorney before signing anything and it is always a good idea to read any and all documents before signing them. Minnesota real estate contracts do not have any fine print and are written in plain English. It is easier to not sign a contract than it is to sign one and then later claim that you were tricked or taken advantage of as you try to weasel your way out of what you already agreed to by signing.
Please don't ever sign anything that you do not understand or feel comfortable with. Listen to your inner voice. Never work with an agent or lender that you do not trust completely just to get the house sold or to buy a house.