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What's A Broker and What's An Agent? How do I Choose?

July 26th, 2009 11:59 PM by Caren McCourt-Crane

Real estate brokers act primarily as intermediaries, or go-betweens between sellers and buyers of real estate and prime properties, as well finds owners who wish to sell and clients who wish to buy. Real estate agents do not work in exactly the same manner.

The most important attribute of an agent, or broker, is that he/she has deep and well-informed connections to the real estate industry. The broker is expected know the market comprehensively, and provide information on previous sales, current real estate listings, have an effective and workable marketing plan, and at least a number of solid references. It is also imperative to look for a real estate agent that is honest, assertive, and one that fully understands the needs of buyers and sellers.

Real estate brokers and their salespersons in the United States, where they are generally called real estate agents, assist home or property sellers in marketing their assets and selling it for the best possible premium price, and on the best terms.

When acting as a buyer's agent, with a signed or verbal agreement, these individuals assist buyers by helping them purchase property for the lowest possible price under the best terms, and gain a commission after a sale has been concluded. Without a signed agreement however, brokers may assist buyers in the acquisition of property but still represent the seller and the seller's interests. Here's a short comparison of what exactly differs a salesperson, from a licensed broker.

Real estate salesperson:

A person first becomes licensed to become a real estate agent whenever one obtains a real estate salesperson's license from the state in which he/she chooses to practice his craft. For the person to obtain a license, the potential candidate must take specific subjects and required course work, and then must pass a state licensure exam on real estate law and practice. Salespersons should must then be associated with, and act under the authority of a licensed real estate broker

Real estate broker:

After gaining quite a number of years of experience in real estate sales, a salesperson may decide to ramp up and be licensed as a real estate broker. For one to become a full-pledged broker, more course work and a state licensure exam on real estate law must first be passed. When a person obtains a broker's license, a real estate agent may continue to work for another broker in a similar capacity as before, usually referred to as a broker associate or associate broker, or open up his/her own brokerage and hire other salespersons.

How should you choose a good real estate broker?

According to analysts and industry insiders, most home buyers ask friends, relatives, and business associates who have recently bought a house in the area for their recommendations and suggestions. A number of buyers use newspaper advertisements, or simply visit an established realty office.

Some people yet find an agent at an open house. To be sure you find a good agent, interview several real estate brokers from different firms to find out one you're comfortable with. It's like doing comparison shopping. Find out if the agents are familiar with the location you are interested in, how long they have worked in that area, and whether they specialize in a particular type of house or price range.

To be safe, you could try to go with a local broker. They can better serve your needs, are familiar with the local market conditions, knows what the local prices are, and what's hot or not in your community.

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Posted by Caren McCourt-Crane on July 26th, 2009 11:59 PM

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