What Is a Real Estate Broker?

by Christi Jordan ; Updated July 27, 2017

Real estate brokers oversee transactions that involve real property, including residential and commercial property. They know the local area, schools and communities and have extensive knowledge of the local and state real estate laws.

Function

Real estate brokers facilitate transactions that occur between sellers and buyers of real estate, or real property. Real estate brokers can either represent the buyer, the seller, or in some cases both.

Education

The educational requirements differ from state to state, but range from 60 to 90 hours of coursework and a final exam. Additionally, real estate brokers must pass a state-administered exam in order to obtain a real estate broker license.

Self-Employment

Real estate brokers are required to work under the supervision of an experienced broker or a brokerage company for at least one to three years prior to owning their own brokerage and managing other brokers within an agency. Continuing education is required in order to retain a brokers license.

Income

Real estate brokers are paid on a commission basis, calculated as a percentage of the total purchase price of the real property exchanged. This commission is split between the supervising broker and the agent or broker that facilitated the real estate transaction.

Misconceptions

A real estate broker is not always needed in real estate transactions. But because of the complicated nature of real estate transactions, most buyers (especially first-time buyers) do not have the knowledge to facilitate the transaction without the services of a real estate broker.

About the Author

Christi Jordan has been a freelance writer since 2001 and has previously written for AOL and Weblogs Inc. In addition to writing for Demand Studios, Jordan currently provides content for several promotional business blogs, herbal and alternative health guides, and is a certified Childhood Obesity Specialist, Core Training Specialist, Personal Trainer and Aerobics Instructor.