Q. What is the difference between a real estate agent and a real estate broker?

A. To the average home buyer or seller, there isn’t much difference. Either an agent or a broker can help you successfully complete your home purchase.

To become a real estate agent, an individual must complete the required number of hours of classes and pass the agent’s exam.

To become a broker, the agent must then take additional classes, have a specified amount of experience in the field (usually a year), and pass another exam.

Both agents and brokers are typically required to take a certain number of hours of continuing education courses, and they may also take additional courses to garner a few extra letters after their name.

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Aug. 20, 2005.