I market real estate. You sell it. To explain: Let’s say you list a property with me as your Realtor. I market the property, that is, I advertise it, promote it, and try to find a buyer for it.
You, as the owner, can choose to sell it or not depending on the offer you receive. Only the owner, the title holder, can sell the property. By “sell” I mean to transfer the title to a new owner in exchange for payment.
The real estate agent may bring an offer to the owner. The owner may then enter into a contract with the buyer and transfer title to the property. Thus the agent markets the property, the owner sells it.
My role is to bring a buyer and seller together in a contract. The agent is a broker, a middle man or woman. The agent may represent the buyer, the seller, or neither. The agent always represents his or her broker.
The agent can represent the buyer or seller only with a written agreement signed by both parties.
As a broker, I represent myself. At the same time I can represent you as a buyer or a seller.
Always ask any time you’re not sure about some aspect of a listing agreement or any part of a contract. While a real estate agent or broker cannot give legal advice, he or she can usually explain the terms of a contract as stated in the pre-written contract forms.