July 17, 2018

Confused about all the terminology associated with real estate salespeople? Wondering which is the best choice? This quick guide explains the differences between real estate brokers, agents and teams in Connecticut.

Real Estate Agent

A CT licensed real estate agent in has completed a 60 hour class and passed a licensing exam and has therefore become legally able to sell real estate for a fee. A real estate agent may be brand new to the business or have 50 years of experience. There is no requirement in Connecticut to reach any higher level of licensing to continue practicing real estate. Real estate agents cannot operate on their own and must be supervised by a CT licensed real estate broker.

real estate broker

A CT licensed real estate broker has been licensed as an agent for a minimum of two years, taken a total of 90 hours of classes (including the 60 required for salesperson licensing), and completed 20 real estate transactions within 5 years (or completed another 30 hours of additional courses).  CT real estate brokers can operate completely independently, can hire agents to work under their supervision, or they can choose to associate with another broker assuming a real estate agent role.

real estate team

Real estate teams can be formed in a variety of ways, with the most common formation being one person (an agent or a broker) leading a group of others, usually all with specific designated roles. The purpose of the team is to be able to handle a larger volume of business, with different people handling different tasks in every transaction, rather than a single agent or broker handling the transaction from beginning to end. Any combination of brokers or agents can form a team, however a team must also function under the supervision of a CT licensed real estate broker.

Anyone licensed to sell real estate in CT must complete 12 hours of continuing education every 2 years in order to remain licensed.

Last Updated on May 18, 2020 by Minna Reid

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Minna Reid

Minna Reid is The Broker - Owner of Reid Real Estate Group. Reid Real Estate Group is a full-service Connecticut residential real estate brokerage, specializing in helping homeowners with legal and financial challenges including short sales, probate sales and tax lien complications.

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  1. Thanks for pointing out that real estate brokers can operate independently and hire agent to work for them. My husband and I need to hire a real estate professional to help us buy a new home. I wasn’t sure what the difference between a broker and agent was, so thanks for explaining that here.

  2. It’s interesting to know that a real estate team will handle a larger volume of listings to help you. My sister is thinking about buying a house, and we are looking for advice. I will let her know about the benefits of a real estate team to help her find the best house for her.

  3. Thanks so much for talking about what kind of education a real estate agent has and what you can expect from them. My sister and her husband have been wanting to move into a new house but have no idea where to start in the buying process. We'll have to look into calling a professional to help them ensure they are getting a fair process.

  4. In Connecticut (CT), understanding the differences between a real estate broker, real estate agent, and real estate team is essential. A real estate agent is an individual who has completed the necessary licensing requirements to represent clients in real estate transactions. A real estate broker, on the other hand, has further education and experience and may work independently or lead a team of agents. They can supervise agents and have more responsibilities and qualifications. A real estate team in CT typically consists of multiple agents working together under the guidance of a broker. Collaborating as a team allows for enhanced support, resources, and coverage for clients. Knowing these distinctions helps in choosing the right professional or team based on your specific needs and preferences in the Connecticut real estate market.

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