In the USA, Estate Agents are known as Real Estate Agents or Real Estate Brokers. There is often confusion about the term REALTOR® as people use the terms REALTOR® and Real Estate Agent interchangeably, but there are differences between the two.
Although both are licensed to sell real estate, the basic difference between a Real Estate Agent and a REALTOR® is a REALTOR® is a member of the National Association of REALTORS® and must conduct their business in a way that adheres to the the Associations code of Ethics. All licensed Agents are required to take continuing education courses approved by their state licensing boards. To retain membership in the National Association of Realtors®, REALTORS® are required to take additional continuing educations classes, which is of vital importance to keep on top of an ever changing market.
When looking for a REALTOR®/Real Estate Agent to guide you through your property search and property purchasing process, the first and most important task is to research your Agent.
You many come across Agents, who have a fantastic track records buying and selling homes in Orlando, but their success may be from working with natives and may have little to no experience working with foreigners. Finding an experienced Agent, who has a successful track record of helping British nationals purchase the right home in Orlando, is key.
These Agents are able to guide you through the entire purchase process and understand the challenges that their British clients could encounter when compared to an American buying a home. A well versed Agent can give you invaluable advice, guide you to the right areas of Orlando to meet your needs (such as homes zoned for short term rentals) and keep the process moving when you are not able to be present yourself. This type of Agent will have great connections and will direct you to the right people, such as attorneys, mortgage advisors, immigrations lawyers, money transfer services etc.