What is an “Agent”? Do I Have to Use One?
Agent: A person who has been given authorization by another person to act on their behalf. In real estate, the agent definition may be used a few different ways, including:
Buyers Agent: An agent who has been chosen to represent the best interests of a home buyer.
Dual Agent: An agent who will represent both the buyer and seller throughout a real estate transaction.
Listing Agent: An agent who represents the home seller in a real estate transaction.
Real Estate Agent: A person who has obtained their real estate license and is legally allowed to assist people in negotiating the sale, leasing and purchasing of property.
Selling Agent: Another name for “listing agent”; someone who has been chosen by a person to assist them in selling their property.
Transaction Agent: An agent who doesn’t represent either the buyer or seller, but assists in completing the transaction between parties involved.
All people who complete the requirements for their real estate license may be real estate agents, but are not REALTOR® agents.
REALTORS® are dedicated professionals who have membership in the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) and are expected to follow the REALTOR® Code, a strict code of ethics like those seen in other professions.
What is the REALTOR® advantage? Find out more below:
Are you thinking about buying and / or selling real estate in Calgary sometime soon? If so, you’ll want to make sure you pick a REALTOR® who is service-focused, experienced and will go above and beyond the call of duty to make your transaction as smooth and stress-free as possible.
Part of that process is interviewing your REALTOR®. See our interview guide below:
Am I Required to Use an Agent for My Transaction?
You are not required to use the services of a real estate agent for your next transaction; however, it is highly recommended you do. Real estate agents have access to special software, tools and information that will make your purchase and / or sale of real estate that much easier.
There are several different real estate firms around Calgary that offer real estate agent services. You’ll want to consider the benefits of using one over the other. Also see:
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