You are here: Buying Guides Home Buying Guide 2. Shopping for a Home Working with an Agent or Real Estate Broker

Working with an Agent or Real Estate Broker

real-estate-agent-clientA real estate agent is a person who is trained to sell real estate. Agents can be either a broker or a sales associate. Brokers and sales associates are licensed by the state and must meet specific education and experience requirements to receive a license. A broker's license permits them to conduct a real estate business and negotiate transactions for a fee. Sales associates work under the direction of a broker. REALTORS® are members of the National Association of REALTORS® and must subscribe to its strict Code of Ethics. Less than half of all licensed real estate agents are REALTORS®, and there are many good, experienced, ethical agents who are not REALTORS®. Your aim should be to find an experienced, reputable agent that has the knowledge of the areas in which you're shopping and who is a good match for you. That means you may need to interview and check out more than one agent.


©2010, FoolProof Financial Education Systems, Inc. All rights reserved.

Contact Us:

Member Service Call Center:

Mon-Fri: 8am - 8pm
Sat: 9:00am - 1:00pm
Main: (410) 272-4000 - option 4
Toll-free: 1-800-225-2555 - option 4
TTY: 1-800-811-4888

Mailing Address:

APGFCU
PO Box 1176
Aberdeen, MD 21001-6176