Real estate companies differ in the training they have for their agents, the in house systems, and local and national advertising programs. All Real Estate Companies are created equal, but not all service is equal. They have the same structural legal requirements, and access to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS®) information.
Real estate brokerages are governed by the Alberta Real Estate Act, which is implanted and governed by the Real Estate Counsel of Alberta, (RECA). The Real Estate Counsel of Alberta is an independent, non-government agency. They are the big dogs of implementing real estate industry law. For example, every real estate brokerage must submit an audited account of trust monies every year, RECA has the ability to cancel or suspend a REALTORS® or a brokerages license if they are found to have not complied with any law in the Act.
If you want to know about RECA, consumer protection or the real estate act, go to http://www.reca.ca/.
Every REALTOR® must work with a Real Estate Brokerage, and all brokerages and REALTORS® must follow the provincial laws set out in the Alberta Real Estate Act and rules, including codes of conduct, set out by the Calgary Real Estate Board.
REALTORS® also must follow these laws and the company policy that they are licensed with. They have the same set of responsibilities, and have access to the same real estate information.
All real estate companies and all real estate agents have the same legal obligations, and access to the Calgary Real Estate Board information system, the Multiple Listing Service, and MLS®. That is where you will find a home and also where your home will be posted.
Real estate agents are the people who perform the service, aiding you in finding or selling your home. They differ greatly in product knowledge, marking programs, and hairstyles. It is the agent that will do the work to get you the results you’re looking for.
Baxter and Associates Real Estate Services is a small real estate brokerage. We prefer to work closer to fewer clients; we like to be seen as a service, rather than a race for more business.