What is a real estate agent and its different types?

QUESTION: Rltr. John, what is a real estate agent and its different types?

ANSWER: An Agent is a general term for persons who act as bridge between two principals of a real estate sale or lease transaction. A Broker is a primary agent, and a Salesperson is a secondary agent under the supervision of the Broker. Sales Agent works for sellers; while its counterpart on the buyer side is called Buyer’s Agent.

Exclusive Buyer Agents (EBA) are the rarest among all types of real estate agents — they work only for buyers, and never for sellers. A Listing Agent is a type of agent who is affiliated with a multiple listing facility that is shared by several agents.

Agents are generally required by law (RA 9646 and PD 957) to be registered in Professional Regulations Commission (PRC); and also in Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB) if they sell real estate projects (condominium, subdivisions, burial lots); but there are agents who are exempted from licensing.

Auctioneers are a kind of real estate agents that sell foreclosed properties of banks and tax-delinquent properties by local government units — they are exempted from the PRC licensing. Special Power of Attorneys are also exempted from PRC licensing provided that their service is free from any fee.

A Dealer is a principal of the transaction because he/she owns the property he sells, and is therefore not classified as agent; but regular dealers of projects are required to be registered in HLURB.

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