Real Estate Broker

Every one has heard of a real estate broker but how is he or she different from a real estate agent?  And what role does the broker play in my quest to sell my property?  Well, when you sign your listing agreement it is with the real estate broker and not the real estate agent.  Only the real estate broker can offer an agreement to list a property.  After the property is sold, the broker pay the real estate agent’s commission to the agent.  So in reality, the real agent broker is the main person in your quest to sell your home.  The real estate agent is the one who then list your property and does the work to get the property sold but the agent must work under a real estate broker to sell and list your property.  I hope that explains things.