Last summer I took the examination to become a real estate sales agent. The 60-hour course took me 120 hours. I now have a far greater appreciation for the work of sales agents.
It wasn’t long into my first year of practice, however, that I realized I still know very little about real estate. Being able to partner with my significant other, Robert, was a blessing. He is a broker and brokerage owner with many years of experience and more than 20 specialty designations.
Seeing firsthand the difference in our level of knowledge and skill, it is clear that working directly with the broker is the direction you should take when you are buying, selling or investing in real estate.
In addition to having at least 2 (usually many) years more experience than their sales agent counterparts, the training and education required for brokers is extensive. Brokers delve more deeply into all topics sales associates are expected to know plus many more advanced topics including
- investment analyses,
- legal aspects and business law,
- general accounting,
- business planning,
- and much more.
Brokers are required to complete additional hours of education before and after licensing, and they are encouraged to seek designations to further their knowledge to best represent you and their brokerage.
Beyond education, the broker’s level of accountability and liability is significant – on behalf of you, the agents who work for them, their brokerage, and other parties.
Bottom line, the broker represents you fully and provides you with a level of knowledge and experience you can count on for all stages of your real estate transaction.
Work Directly With The Broker. You’ll be glad you did.
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