What is the difference between Real estate (Property) broker and agent

Property broker

 House at 1936 Maplewood Drive in the Island Home Park neighborhood of Knoxville, Tennessee, USA. Built circa 1915-1920, this was the home of Knoxville banker and real estate broker James Wallace in the 1920s, and is now listed as a contributing prop
House at 1936 Maplewood Drive in the Island Home Park neighborhood of Knoxville, Tennessee, USA. Built circa 1915-1920, this was the home of Knoxville banker and real estate broker James Wallace in the 1920s, and is now listed as a contributing prop | Source

Real estate brokers and agents


Real estate brokers and agents are the middlemen who facilitate selling and buying of immovable properties in the form of land, building, shopping center, market, factory site etc. The word Real estate is derived from the word Royal estate. As the right of land has been vested in state, it was called Royal estate. Real estate is considered as a good investment tool. It was also considered as safe heaven for investors until recent past.

(Concept has changed in the present economic scenario as America faced a sub-prime crisis. Investors have lost their fortune and that leaded America and rest of the world into economic crisis and financial problems).

A real estate agent is a person or a corporation who sell and market real estates on behalf of a builder. They are smart professionals. Individual and corporate builders hire them. The tendency of recruiting agents for marketing real estate has grown as the big corporate houses entered into real estate business.

It is essential to get services of trained, skilled and experienced professionals to run present days business successfully. The job of Real estate agents is considered as white collar jobs.

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Real estate agent ads, Wall poster stickers Kwun Tong,  How Ming Street, HnogKong
Real estate agent ads, Wall poster stickers Kwun Tong, How Ming Street, HnogKong | Source

Big corporations have replaced individuals


Businesses, nowadays, have a tendency of growing bigger and bigger. Real estate business is not an exception to it. Big corporations started joining this business everywhere eliminating small and individual builders. DLF, Parshwanath developers, Unique builders are few corporates to name in India. They are among the top thirty biggest companies in India listed in Bombay stock exchange.

They have many divisions in their company. They buy land, develop it and construct residential and commercial complexes. They also develop and sell lands. They need a large number of people to manage and run the show.

Big corporations have to do many things in order to run their business. They have to negotiate with the land owners and enter into a contract with them. They have to get approval from government authorities. They have to manage finance and employees. They need to comply with rules and regulations of stock exchange boards and company regulating authorities.

It is, therefore, difficult for them to manage sales. Outsourcing is a trend of today’s business. Hence, they recruit agents who look after sales and marketing on their behalf. Advertising is an important aspect of sales and marketing.

Real estate agents also look after advertising. Often these agents arrange finance for the builders. Sometimes even they go to an extent to buy real estates in wholesale. Generally, they do it on a contract basis. They themselves sell the properties on behalf of the company.

They get a commission on the sell if they are doing on behalf of the company without investing money. They earn a profit if they buy wholesale from the company and sell it to retail buyers. They also earn interest if they finance the company.

Developing property

Property brokers


Property brokers, on the other hand, act differently. They have been performing their duties as brokers since a long time. (Concept of real estate agent is comparatively new). Property brokers do not work on behalf of real estate developers. They act as genuine intermediaries between buyers and sellers. They search for buyers and sellers.

They try to get information about the deals available in the market and offer it to potential buyers or sellers. They negotiate for the price and help clients to conclude deals.

They not only deal in developed properties but also in the land.

Reputed property brokers also provide other services to their clients. They check the genuineness of the deals, as there are many fake deals in the market. Legal disputes and litigation are a common phenomenon in titles of land and properties. People often prepare fake and illegal documents to cheat buyers. A genuine and reputed property broker checks all these and assures its buyers of a genuine deal.

Sometimes traders purchase land and properties with legal disputes knowingly. They enter into such contracts because of a cheaper price. They take a risk to gain some extra margin. Genuine brokers also contribute to this type of deals but with a clear understanding of the buyers.

Both real estate agents and property brokers require a high level of communication skills. Both of these are big sources of employment in the service sector. A large number of skilled persons, who do not opt for a service have entered into this sector.

I have simply defined the differences between a real estate agent and a property broker. I invite comments from learned participants to suggest some more features about the same.

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Real estate business in India and America


America is a rich and developed nation. There were plenty of opportunities in America for the locals and outsiders. This feature of the United States boosted property price in the states. Real estate price had been going up in the US for a very long time.

Property dealers, developers earned a lot of money and created huge wealth there. However, prices finally went down. This is referred as Real estate bubble burst. The bubble burst resulted into severe economic crisis in America and rest of the world. Now people are afraid of buying properties in the US. Real estate agents and brokers are also losing their businesses.

The scenario is different in India. India is developing by lips and bounce. It has achieved the second highest growth rate in the world. People from all over the world are visiting India in search of opportunities.

India is the second highest populated country in the world with more than 1.2 Billion people residing. However, it has limited land. The population of India is four times that of the US but the land area is just one-third of America. These boost property price in India.

There is no downward trend in India in Real estate prices. Investors and developers are minting money in the Real estate business. Businesses of Real estate agents and brokers are also going up with this.

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Real estate in India and America

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Property (Real estate) price are going down in America. Real estate agents and Property brokers are losing their businesses.

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Comments 11 comments

Haresh Nayak 4 years ago

hi that's a good .......


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BuyRentalProperty 5 years ago

Thanks for the useful post comparing brokers and agents. That is a big difference in salary...interesting.


dakz 5 years ago

nice article!

Already bookmark it.. thanks for the sharing info.

I think the diff is the salary.LOL


Sharvari 5 years ago

Thanks a lot! I think this information is enough for a layman to understand the basic diff. Its been a great help!


John Leads 6 years ago

These are good insights into how much Real estate agents and brokers really do. Especially in very complex transactions.


Real Estate Agents in India 6 years ago

Good Information about buying the properties in form of land, building, shopping center, market, factory site etc.


David Johnson 7 years ago

Jyoti,

Real estate, broker and agent is not of your standard. Writer of your stature should write something mind boggling. You have written many. This is an average hub.

I wish only very special from you.

David


realestatebroker 7 years ago

Hi,

This hub is related to my profession. Matters are dealt with care and in a good manner. This will helping to common buyers.

Thanks.


doshi nilesh 7 years ago

thanks jyotiji, for this very good information...thanks.......


doshi nilesh 7 years ago

thanks jyotiji, for this very good information...thanks.......


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Trsmd 7 years ago from India

Thanks Jyothi Kothari for answering my Request..

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