A real estate broker is a word in the joint States which describes a party who acts as an intermediary between realtor and buyers of real estate (or real property as it known elsewhere) and attempts to find sellers who wish to sell and purchaser who wish to buy. In the United States, the association was originally established by reference to the English common law of agency with the broker having a fiduciary relationship with his customers.
Real Estate agent is the term used in the United States to explain a person or organization whose business is to market real estate on behalf of clients, but there are important differences between the trial and liabilities of brokers and estate agents in each country.
Beyond the US, other countries take clearly different approaches to the marketing and selling of real property. In the US, real estate brokers and their salespersons (commonly called “real estate agents” or, in some states, “brokers”) assist sellers in marketing their property and selling it for the uppermost possible price under the best terms. When acting as a Buyer’s agent with a symbol agreement (or, in many cases, verbal agreement, although a broker may not be lawfully entitled to his commission unless the agreement is in writing), they assist buyers by helping them acquire property for the best possible price under the best terms. Without a signed agreement, brokers may assist buyers in the attainment of property but still represent the seller and the seller’s benefit.
In most jurisdictions in the United States, a person is required to have a license in order to receive salary for services rendered as a real estate broker. Unlicensed activity can be illegal, but buyers and sellers performing as basic in the sale or purchase of real estate are not required to be licensed. In some states, lawyers are allowed to handle real estate sales for compensation without being licensed as brokers or agents.
Real Estate Consultants also know as wholesalers also assist sellers in selling their property at the best possible price and the best terms; however since they are not licensed; the contract they have with the seller reflects they will be paid a “consulting fee”. In many many case property owners are seeking to work with Real Estate Consultants in order to save money on the cost for selling the property based on the expensive fluctuation in the commissions real estate agents and brokers charge.
As a Real Estate Consultant I have closed real estate transactions in all 50 states and have never had any issues collecting the consulting fees for my help in selling both residential and commercial property. The real estate consulting transactions that I have closed; my consulting fee is paid at closing or “up front”.
There are many cases where clients are also seeking to work with real estate consultants and wholesalers as a way to “sell” their property and close faster than working with real estate brokers and real estate agents since we are seeking to find already established investors to close on these deals instead of looking to sell retail through the mls; which is a lot of cases can take more than 90-180 days. The swiftness that wholesalers can find buyers is very much tied to his “network” So in in the case of both Real estate brokers and Real Estate Consultants networking is the “name of the game”.
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