Why professionalism starts with real estate brokers

Agents need brokers to practice, so why can't we raise the bar for everyone?
  • Instead of looking to real estate agents for solutions, we could put the burden on brokers.
  • Real estate licensees are required to work under a licensed broker, and that gives brokers control.
  • Some brokers won't be able to raise the bar of professionalism, but many can and should.

For years, I have read and listened to complaints about how low the bar is for becoming a real estate agent and about how many “bad agents” we have as a result. Often agents are asked how we can raise standards. How is that working?