• What is the difference between a real estate agent and a sales representative?

    A real estate agent is defined under the Real Estate & Business Agent’s Act as “… a person whose business…is to act as an agent for consideration…in respect of a real estate transaction…”

    A sales representative is an employee of the real estate agent. The sales representative can only conduct a transaction on behalf of the real estate agent.

    A real estate agent holds a higher level of qualification, normally a Diploma, and holds a Triennial Certificate that enables them to trade.

    It can be confusing as colloquially people often refer to real estate practitioners as “agents” in general terms despite the clear distinction between “agent” and “sales representative”.
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