What is the difference between a real estate agent and a real estate broker?

Most states require real estate sales professionals to be licensed by the state, so that they can control education and experience requirements and have a central authority to resolve consumer problems.

The terminology used to identify real estate professionals varies a little from state to state.  Brokers are generally required to have more education and experience than real estate salespersons or agents.

The person you normally deal with is a real estate agent or salesperson.  The salesperson is licensed by the state, but must work for a broker.  All listings are placed in the broker's name, not the salesperson's.

A broker can deal directly with home buyers and sellers, or can have a staff of salespersons or agents working for him or her.

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Most states require real estate sales professionals to be licensed by the state, so that they can control education and experience requirements and have a central authority to resolve consumer problems.

The terminology used to identify real estate professionals varies a little from state to state.  Brokers are generally required to have more education and experience than real estate salespersons or agents.

The person you normally deal with is a real estate agent or salesperson.  The salesperson is licensed by the state, but must work for a broker.  All listings are placed in the broker's name, not the salesperson's.

A broker can deal directly with 
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June 03 2013
 As it relates to Florida real estate, a broker is someone who is basically the head of a real estate office.  An agent is someone who works underneath the broker of an office.  A broker can be your agent as well.  In a large office like Re/Max, there are typically two acting brokers whereas in a smaller boutique firm, there typically only one broker, and they may even be the only active real estate agent within the firm.
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May 30 2013
The terms vary in meaning from state to state. I urge you to go to your state website and find the real estate division. That governing body should have online consumer information to explain your state specific info. Good luck.
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