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Real Estate Agent vs. Broker: Understanding the Differences

Sunday, March 12, 2023   /   by Michael Szakos

Real Estate Agent vs. Broker: Understanding the Differences

Real Estate Agent vs. Broker: Understanding the Differences

If you're thinking about buying or selling a home, you've probably heard the terms "real estate agent" and "broker" thrown around. But what's the difference between the two? And which one should you work with? In this blog post, we'll explore the distinctions between real estate agents and brokers and help you decide which one is right for you.

A real estate agent is a licensed professional who helps buyers and sellers navigate the process of buying or selling a home. Agents are required to complete a certain amount of pre-licensing education and pass a licensing exam. Once licensed, they work under the supervision of a broker.

Real estate agents can represent either the buyer or the seller in a transaction. They help clients find properties, negotiate offers, and handle paperwork. They may also assist with marketing the property for sale or finding properties that match a buyer's criteria.

Brokers are licensed professionals who have completed additional education and training beyond that of a real estate agent. They can work independently or manage their own brokerage. Brokers can also hire and supervise agents.

In addition to the services provided by agents, brokers can offer more advanced services such as property management, investment consulting, and commercial real estate. Brokers have a greater knowledge of the real estate market and can provide more in-depth advice and guidance to their clients.

Whether you should work with a real estate agent or a broker depends on your specific needs. If you're looking for a professional to help you buy or sell a home, a real estate agent may be the right choice for you. They can provide you with the necessary guidance and support to navigate the process.

However, if you're looking for more advanced services such as property management or investment consulting, you may want to consider working with a broker. Brokers have a greater depth of knowledge and experience and can provide more specialized services.

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Based on information from California Regional Multiple Listing Service, Inc. as of March 28, 2023. This information is for your personal, non-commercial use and may not be used for any purpose other than to identify prospective properties you may be interested in purchasing. Display of MLS data is usually deemed reliable but is NOT guaranteed accurate by the MLS. Buyers are responsible for verifying the accuracy of all information and should investigate the data themselves or retain appropriate professionals. Information from sources other than the Listing Agent may have been included in the MLS data. Unless otherwise specified in writing, Broker/Agent has not and will not verify any information obtained from other sources. The Broker/Agent providing the information contained herein may or may not have been the Listing and/or Selling Agent.
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