The function of a Real Estate broker is to act as an intermediary, a mediator between buyers and sellers of prime properties and Real Estate, and Real Estate brokers also find out house owners who want to sell and clients who want to buy homes. However, each Real Estate broker has his own way of working, and two agents might not work in the same way.
It is vital that a Real Estate agent or broker must be very well connected to the Real Estate industry and also have great know-how about the way the industry works. Every client will expect the Real Estate agent to have a deep knowledge about the market, and the broker will have to give information on the present Real Estate listings, earlier sales, he should have an efficient and practical marketing strategy and some good references. It is of prime importance that people look for a Real Estate agent who is sincere, confident, and who completely understands the requirements of both buyers and sellers.
In the United States, the Real Estate brokers and their sales people are called Real Estate agents, and they help property sellers in selling their homes and marketing it on the best terms at the best premium price. When Real Estate agents act on behalf of the buyer of a property, they work under a signed agreement, and help the buyers purchase the property on the best terms at the lowest possible price. The agents earn their commission after the sales proceedings have been completed. When working without a signed agreement, the broker may help the buyer to the property, but is free to still represent the property seller and work with the seller’s best interests in his mind.
There are certain differences between a salesperson and a licensed Real Estate agent. After acquiring a few years’ worth of experience in Real Estate sales, a salesperson might choose to become a licensed Real Estate agent. In order to become a full-fledge broker, a lot more course work and a state licensure examination on Real Estate law has to be passed first. When a salesperson gets a Real Estate agent’s license, he can continue to work for another agent in the same capacity as he used to, or he could decide to set up his own brokerage firm and hire his own salespersons.
Most buyers usually ask their friends and relatives and business colleagues who have recently purchased a house in their preferred area to recommend or suggest a Real Estate agent or broker. Some buyers directly approach a realty office and some look through newspapers advertisements. People also come upon good agents when they visit an open house. You should interview several brokers till you find one you like, who is familiar with the area you’re interested in, who caters for houses in your price range, knows the local market situation, knows about what’s cool in that community, etc. It is important that you should feel comfortable with your broker.
By William King