What Is a Real Estate Broker?

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What Is a Real Estate Broker?

A real estate broker is a person who has been officially licensed to provide real estate advice and services on behalf of clients. A real estate broker may operate independently, or they may collaborate with other brokers to create a group called a brokerage. The brokerage operates to provide real estate services in the surrounding area.

A broker is different from a real estate agent (although people sometimes use the same term to apply to any real estate worker). Agents technically work for brokers and are often not licensed by the state. They often perform different tasks, leaving major decisions and procedures for the brokers.

What Services Do Real Estate Brokers Provide?

Real estate brokers can represent either sellers or buyers in the transactions. Traditionally, they represented sellers in the market. Modernly, brokers can represent either party, and in some cases, both parties. Duties towards clients who are sellers include:


For clients who are buyers, duties of brokers include:

Violations of client rights or confidentiality can often lead to a legal dispute between the broker and their client. Claims against agents and brokers are among the most common types of real estate disputes. These types of lawsuits typically end with a damages award or other similar remedy, depending on the violation involved.

Should I Hire a Lawyer?

Broker liability is a common subject for many real estate lawsuits. You may wish to hire a lawyer if you need help with a dispute or if you need to research the brokers in your area. Your attorney can help with background checks to ensure that the broker has a valid license and will be acting in your interests. Also, if you need to file a lawsuit, your attorney can assist you with the process, and can file a legal claim on your behalf.

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Last Modified: 04-21-2014 06:32 PM PDT

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