Han.Visser.ZA, The agents are listed by their Board of Realtors affiliation, this is where they pay their dues as licensed Florida realtors, ie, Tampa, Sarasota, Manatee, Pinellas, Pasco etc.
The real estate licensure requires agents licensed as salespersons and brokers acting as salespersons (broker associates) to place their real estate license with a real estate broker (principal broker of an agency) in order to interact with the public in providing real estate services.
The licensure of salesperson or broker associate or broker does not reflect the experience, work or business ethics of the individual. The professional accomplishments of the individual are based upon individual motivation and determination. The Board of Realtors that the Principal Broker is a member requires all licensed affiliates to be members of the same board.
As part of the Board membership, licensed (active) agents are required to pay a separate MLS fee, lockbox key fee and membership dues paid annually to their local board that monitors active licensed agents to remain in good standing with the Board, State and Federal entities. The Board of Realtors serves as an educational source, oversight and clearhouse agency.
That said, active licensed agents in goodstanding with their respective Boards, are members of MidFlorida. Mid Florida MLS covers approximately 22 counties. All licensed agents have access to the information in Mid Florida. Although all licensed agents have accessed to the information in MidFlorida, each agent defines the scope of their real estate business by area, neighborhood, zip code, distressed, non distressed etc. Thus, all licensed agents have access to areas north of Clearwater, south Tampa, Pasco, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Desoto counties plus others.
Listing agents represent the seller and mostly the interests of the seller. If a buyer chooses to work with the Listing agent then the Listing agent shifts to the services of a Transactional agent representing no one; not seller or buyer. In Florida it is usual and customary for the Seller to paid the commission to the Listing agent. The Lising agent determines (with agreement of the Seller) how the commission will be split.
Buyers agent work with buyers and represent their interests in a transaction. The cost of their services are paid at closing. Sometimes buyer's agent work out with the buyer for their services to be paid by the buyer, this would be contracted in a Buyer's Agreement and disclosed at the beginning of working with a Buyers agent.
The Buyer is still responsible for conducting any and all due diligence during the inspection period of the contract. Ask the respective agent for references when deciding whom to work with as your buyer's agent. Selecting an agent from a large national corporation, mid size firm or independent firm does not correlate as to the individual's knowledge, skills and abilities. It is purely individual and whom you feel best represents your interests.
Brock Realty Inc.
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