Are you working with a REALTOR®?
There is a difference.
A real estate broker is a person who acts as an intermediary between sellers and buyers of real property and attempts to find sellers who wish to sell and buyers who wish to buy. Real estate brokers and their sales associates (commonly called "real estate agents") assist buyers and sellers in obtaining the best possible price under the best terms. Agents work under the supervision of a broker. Real estate agents need to be able to rely on certain things. The agent is working hard to build client relationships and finding buyers and sellers. The broker is providing the tools and systems to aid the agent's process.
Although most of us utilize the services of real estate professionals at some point in our lives, we may not be fully aware of the differences between REALTORS® and real estate licensees. Not all brokers are REALTORS®. A broker who is also a REALTOR® is a member of Hampton Roads REALTORS® Association, the Virginia REALTORS®, and the National Association of REALTORS®. REALTORS® agree to abide by a Code of Ethics, and take extra education and designation courses to further their career. REALTOR® brokers provide outstanding guidance for their agents.
Search a database of local brokers and agents at Hampton Roads REALTORS® Association.
For more about real estate education, or how to get started on your own path to becoming a REALTOR®, contact Alpha College of Real Estate.