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What is the difference between a business broker and an intermediary?

I've seen both titles used often, but don't really know the difference. Does it have to do with licensing? Fee structure? How they aid clients?

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Legally, there are only about eleven (11) states where Business Brokers are licensed. Even when it is not required, most are (or should be) licensed as Real Estate Agents or Brokers, specifically because some businesses convey with Real Estate. Business Brokers ARE Intermediaries. Some people define themselves as Intermediaries because they do not like the crass, commercial sound of a Broker label; Intermediary sounds more upscale. Others do it because, as a Broker, you normally represent one side or the other. Some Intermediaries will put themselves in a role that does not take sides, so to speak. It is unclear as to whether they can justify getting paid by both sides... But there is very little difference between them. As to how they aid Clients, you would need to ask each Broker or Intermediary. What they do is highly subject to their own expertise and what they offer.

Mar 30, 2012

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