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Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

It's a perception point, I think, to want to deal with 'the boss', so it wouldn't be the first time someone asked "Are you the broker?" or if they're mad, "WHERE IS YOUR BROKER?" (Sorry Chollie, that's me too) 3:)
I know some really smart brokers, and some that have been phoning it in for too long.
In theory, a broker should be more educated, more risk-conscious, more insightful, more experienced. But they can also have more barnacles. ;)

Jan 07, 2016 04:21 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

In my opinion they may be book smart but not street smart; thus no!


Jan 07, 2016 02:17 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Most likely, more experience, education, and responsibility.

but not always.


Jan 07, 2016 09:15 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Broker probably sounds more professional, but the public also doesn't always know the difference between a REALTOR® and a real estate practitioner.

Jan 07, 2016 07:17 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Richie when I first became an Associate  Broker years ago some how my clients and those I met thought that was a big deal compared to just being an agent. So I started using just Associate Broker rather than all the 'initials' under my name and realtor. It worked great and then I became the broker 10 years ago.  Now I don't think clients care or it make a difference anymore.

Jan 07, 2016 06:50 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Richie Alan Naggar I think it gives an agent more credibility. Being a Broker has helped beat out and get more listings when I worked residential real estate and commercial real estate. The public does know the difference.

Jan 07, 2016 02:57 AM
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

Interesting question Richie. I would think that in the laymans mind the answer would be yes. A Broker must first be an agent and then test above it to Broker. So final answer yes I believe they would.

Jan 07, 2016 02:54 AM
Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide

It would appear that the broker designation would be better to most any layman, but that's not necessarily the case.

Jan 07, 2016 02:25 AM
Jeffrey Jones
AZ Home Seekers - San Tan Valley, AZ
AZ Home Seekers,

how would a higher form of accreditation not be considered better?

Jan 07, 2016 02:13 AM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Richie - Interesting question because there are many brokers who don't actually sell real estate anymore. So, yes they are book smart, but may have lost that street smart.

Those brokers that do continue to sell probably have a leg up on experience, and education. However, I am not sure the layman may even know the difference.

Jan 08, 2016 03:14 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Colorado has only brokers or managing brokers.

We do have licensees and REALTORS.   Not every broker has to be a REALTOR.

Jan 08, 2016 05:44 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I think broker is a term that the public hears and really does not understand that just think it is better.

Jan 07, 2016 10:22 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Richie. In my office it makes no difference, all of my LO's do tons of business. If they weren't outstanding at what they do, they wouldn't be in my office.

Jan 07, 2016 05:38 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Richie Alan Naggar - For layman's point of view, a good agent is also like any other agent!

For many of them, we are just a commodity - with a different title and they perhaps do not know the difference between the broker and agent.

Jan 07, 2016 02:44 PM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Great question. In CO we have eliminated the agent status. We have what's called single licensing. When you take the real estate course in CO and you pass the are a broker. Now you can't go straight to owning your own firm and employing other agents. CO regulations say you must work under an employing broker with close supervision for two years. 

I think it's a preception issue. I think the consumer sees someone as having broker status has having more experience and as a person to get the job done. And therefore as the person they want to work with. 

Jan 07, 2016 01:33 PM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

I would guess they would perceive tht a broker is better, but in Indiana there is no difference.

Jan 07, 2016 12:23 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Most do not know the diffedence but it sounds good

Jan 07, 2016 12:04 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

From the layman's POV, the common person doesn't know there is a difference.  I was asked at LEAST 10 times when I left IT for real estate "Are you a broker?" when I said "No, I'm an agent" they had no idea there was a difference.  I had to explain it to a few of them that wanted to know what the difference was.

Jan 07, 2016 11:41 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Brokers have just passed one more test and that doesn't make them better. It does give more options for the future in real estate.

Jan 07, 2016 09:47 AM
Joan Dickie
Keller Williams Premier Realty - La Crosse, WI
Keller Williams Premier Realty

Not sure if people pay that much attention, but I think broker is a little more impressive.

Jan 07, 2016 09:38 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Broker it may sound better that they had to take an additional test?  A

Jan 07, 2016 04:26 AM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Does the layman know the difference?  Perception is in the eye of the beholder. 

There are already a few good answers here Richie Alan Naggar 

Jan 07, 2016 03:22 AM
Ann Dail
Baton Rouge Area Homes, Louisiana, USA, 225-761-0551 - Baton Rouge, LA
Broker/Realtor,CRS, ePRO, SRS, B.A.Chem

It has been my experience that the majority of consumers don't know the difference between an  real estate agent, a Realtor, and a broker.  It's one of the things I explain in my counseling sessions when I go over agency.

Jan 07, 2016 03:18 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I'm not sure if they even know the difference.

Jan 07, 2016 02:51 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

From the layman's perspective

Agent comes FIRST

in the alphabet.


Jan 07, 2016 02:43 AM
Jack Lewitz
Exit Strategy Realty - Evanston, IL

I am not sure the public knows the difference. To them we are all agents

Jan 07, 2016 02:27 AM