Have you ever wondered what the differences are between a Real Estate Salesperson and a Real Estate Agent, namely a RE/MAX Agent? We believe the differences are straight forward, but considering we are in Japan, we would like to breakdown the subtle differences to our readers.
Sidenote: You may have signed a contract or agreement with a real estate agency, either it be a listing agreement or buyers representation agreement making that individual your “agent.” Granted the term “agent” can fall under the salesperson umbrella, but we still feel there are subtle differences between the two terms especially here in Japan.
Everyone has their own opinion, experiences, and ideas of what each salesperson/agent means to them. This breakdown is our opinion on the differences, specifically here in Japan.
１．Real Estate Agents in Japan
The concept of an agent in Japan is still fairly new, even if they have been using the term for the last 15 to 20 years.
The biggest difference between a RE/MAX Agent and a Real Estate Salesperson in a Japanese real estate agency is the general motive for the individual. The Who and Why? Who are you working for and why.
Are they working for the best interest of their clients or the best interest of their agency or company? Are they working for his or her own best interest or their agency? Most likely than not, the best interests in his or her company. Why are they in the real estate field? The answers to these questions will differentiate those who are salespersons and agents.
Granted we are not saying you the client has to consult with a real estate agent. Of course you will have your own whys as well.
２．Options for Real Estate Consultation in Japan
In Japan, there has only been two options, either a large real estate company or a local real estate company where you the buyer, seller, renter, or landlord could go to seek consultation. The advice you may receive will differ from what type of real estate agency or company you seek consultation from. There are agencies who specialize in rentals, agencies who specialize in sales, and companies which specialize in commercial real estate.
We as RE/MAX agents are the additional option for you, consultation from a person who in theory will work on your behalf. If you the client is happy then of course we are happy. That is why we are doing what we can to raise awareness through social media hashtags such as #不動産はエージェントに相談, translated consult real estate related things with an real estate agent. There is another option for those seeking an alternative route to real estate consultation.
３．WE STARTED A REVOLUTION
RE/MAX has a saying “We Started a Revolution,” which the “revolution” started back in 1978. We have been starting our very own “revolution” here in Japan since around 2015. The revolution is to create a healthy real estate industry for all, buyers, sellers, renters, and agencies.
Our mission is to create a real estate market in Japan where everyone wins.
To fulfill our vision of creating a healthy real estate industry for all, we need like minded people like YOU.
We are humans assisting people who are making human decisions. Why consult with a “salesperson” when an agent understands the human aspect of a real estate transaction?
If you have any questions regarding Osaka, RE/MAX Agents in Japan, feel free to contact us here.