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what is the differeence between a broker and an agent?

Asked by Kconn, College Park, Orlando, FL Sat Oct 29, 2011

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Only a broker can transact a deal... all monies and responsibility go through them. The agent works and represents the broker and works under his/her license. Brokers can do deals themselves or have large companies with agents under them.. agents need to find a broker to work under their license.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat Oct 29, 2011
Hello,

In FL an agent and associate broker must work under a broker, who is the "broker of record."

The broker of record is responsible for all of his agents actions, provides training, mentoring, etc.
In Florida you can only work as a licensed agent or as an associate broker if you work under a supervising broker who has a brokerage.

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Sep 5, 2013
Kconn,
It depends on the state. In NY we have agents (real estate salespersons) , associate brokers and brokers. An agent and associate broker work under a broker of record who is oversees them, is responsible for handling of funds, supervising them providing them training, etc.. You can only be licensed as an agent or associate broker if you affiliate with a broker (aka brokerage) You can have your own business if you are a broker and also hire agents. Agents and brokers must also take 22 hours of Continuing Education courses and pass exams every couple of years unless they have been a licensed real estate broker for over 15 years.
A broker of record also is entitled to all the commission of a listed property for sale if the list and sell it both or half or a co-broke if they only sell it. If there are agents or associates brokers under the broker involved in a sale there is a split negotiated at hiring
Here is what NYS DOS says:
What is the difference between a real estate broker and a real estate salesperson?
A real estate broker is responsible for the supervision and conduct of the real estate brokerage business. He or she applies for and holds the license on behalf of the brokerage. This person is known as the "representative broker." A real estate salesperson works for and is supervised by the representative broker. The salesperson acts as the representative broker's agent. All listings, although perhaps negotiated by a salesperson, are accepted by the representative broker.
How do I become a real estate salesperson or broker?

Real Estate Salesperson:
In order to qualify for licensure as a real estate salesperson, an applicant must have satisfactorily completed a 75-hour salesperson qualifying education course in real estate approved by the Secretary of State, and have passed a qualifying examination administered by the Department of State. An applicant who completed the 45-hour salesperson qualifying course prior to July 1, 2008 may complete the 30-hour remedial course in order to qualify for licensure.

Real Estate Broker:
In order to qualify for licensure as a real estate broker, an applicant must have at least two years of experience as a licensed real estate salesperson or at least three years of experience in the general real estate field (e.g., buying and selling your own property, managing property owned by your employer), have satisfactorily completed both the qualifying salesperson course of 75 hours and an additional 45-hour real estate broker course as approved by the Secretary of State, and have passed a qualifying examination administered by the Department of State.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Oct 30, 2011
Please correct the language in this paragraph so it is easier to understand. thanks in advance: "A broker of record also is entitled to all the commission of a listed property for sale if the list and sell it both or half or a co-broke if they only sell it"
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They are basically two different licenses; one needs to be an agent first before becoming a broker; an agents works for the broker, and he/she responsible for their actions. No matter agent or broker, one should expect the same level of service.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Oct 29, 2011
About 45 hours of classes here. Technically a Broker can start their own business. Other than that all of us have the same basic responsibilities to our clients.
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In short, an agent works for a broker.
Web Reference: http://www.321property.com
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