What is the difference between a real estate agent and a real estate broker?

Most states require real estate sales professionals to be licensed by the state, so that they can control education and experience requirements and have a central authority to resolve consumer problems.

The terminology used to identify real estate professionals varies a little from state to state.  Brokers are generally required to have more education and experience than real estate salespersons or agents.

The person you normally deal with is a real estate agent or salesperson.  The salesperson is licensed by the state, but must work for a broker.  All listings are placed in the broker’s name, not the salesperson’s.

A broker can deal directly with home buyers and sellers, or can have a staff of salespersons or agents working for him or her.

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One thought on “What is the difference between a real estate agent and a real estate broker?

  1. It’s a typical problem lots of people mistakenly think that a real estate agent and a real estate broker, but true is both of them are not same. Knowing these variations can definitely prove useful particularly if anybody is thinking about purchasing or selling real estate.

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