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Understanding the Difference Between a Real Estate Agent and a Broker

Friday, April 28, 2023   /   by Michael Szakos

Understanding the Difference Between a Real Estate Agent and a Broker

The Difference Between a Real Estate Agent and a Broker

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 exactly is the difference between these two professions, and how do you know which one you need?

Real Estate Agents

A real estate agent is a licensed professional who helps buyers and sellers with the process of buying or selling a property. They are often the first point of contact for a homebuyer or seller and can provide valuable advice and guidance throughout the transaction. Some of the services that real estate agents provide include:

  • Helping buyers find properties that meet their needs and budget

  • Helping sellers price and market their homes effectively

  • Negotiating with other parties (e.g. buyers, sellers, lenders, etc.) on behalf of their clients

  • Assisting with paperwork and legal documents

  • Real estate agents work for a brokerage firm, which is a company that employs a group of agents who work together to help buyers and sellers with their real estate transactions.


A real estate broker is a licensed professional who has completed additional education and training beyond that required for a real estate agent. Brokers can work independently or own their own brokerage firm, and they are responsible for managing other real estate agents.

In addition to the services provided by real estate agents, brokers may also:

  • Offer additional services, such as property management or real estate investing advice

  • Provide training and mentorship to other agents

  • Oversee the work of other agents, ensuring that transactions are conducted ethically and professionally

One key difference between brokers and agents is that brokers have the ability to work independently and are not required to be affiliated with a brokerage firm.

Which One Do You Need?

Whether you need a real estate agent or a broker depends on your specific situation. If you're a homebuyer or seller looking to buy or sell a property, a real estate agent can provide the services you need. If you're interested in additional services such as property management or real estate investing, or if you're a real estate agent looking for mentorship or training, a broker may be the right choice.

Sell Your Own Home

If you're considering selling your own home, our team of real estate industry experts has put together a free special report entitled "Sell Your Own Home" that can help guide you through the process. This report covers topics such as:

  • Pricing your home effectively

  • Marketing your home to potential buyers

  • Handling negotiations and paperwork

  • And more!

To get your free copy of "Sell Your Own Home," simply fill out the form on our website. Our team is here to help you make the most of your real estate transaction, whether you're buying, selling, or looking for additional guidance along the way.
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