There are no laws that require Russian real estate Brokers to be licensed, no Realtor licensing bodies in Russia, and no specific laws to regulate Russian real estate Brokers' activities and commissions.
How should you evaluate a particular Russian Realtor in terms of their qualification, reliability and ethic? That's a tough question to answer lacking legal regulations and requirements.
Luckily, a solution to this problem can be found, as there are several associations of Realtors in Russia that are concerned about this situation and perform VOLUNTARY CERTIFICATION of their members.
There is an umbrella organization for Realtors in all areas of Russia – Russian Guild of Realtors, also there are 2 major city associations in Moscow – Moscow Association of Realtors and Moscow Guild of Realtors. Why two, not one? Easy – personal ambitions of leaders, it has nothing to do with the quality of services that members provide.
The goal and purpose of these associations are education of their members and standardization of the real estate industry in Russia. Experiences and achievements of world's Realtors associations are being used as the basic for these activities.
The associations accepted Codes of Ethics and Standards of Practices that regulate their members' real estate related activities in the absence of specific real estate laws and Realtors' licensing system in Russia. So, sticking with the associations' members, the Realtors who have imposed high ethic standards on themselves, you can't go wrong choosing a real estate partner in Russia to co-broke.
There is a list of Moscow corporate members on each association website. There are more than 20 certified Brokers who have various foreign countries listings for sale on their websites, among the members.
The members' websites are all in Russian as they are aimed at buyers in Russia, but those Russian real estate Brokers who deal with properties from various foreign countries usually speak some English or have an English - speaking staff.
Any of the Brokers on the List might become your potential partners in selling your properties to Russian buyers.
Real estate Agent/Broker's fees and commissions are not regulated in Russia; a common practice is to get half of your commission in case of a foreign sale, but it's all negotiable.
Broker agreements are usually non-exclusive in Russia, so you can work with several partners at the same time if you wish.
Each Broker's information on the List of 20 contains a company's name transliterated into English, short description, website, foreign listings URL (for you to have an idea about their online marketing possibilities) and contact information. Some of the brokers' sites provide only a corporate email, some give a number of their agents' emails as well.
It's a common practice among Russian real estate Brokers to ask website visitors to fill a request form for any type of foreign properties the visitors want to buy, but can't find on the site at this time, so their websites might be generating a demand for properties they don't represent now - so, feel free to offer your listings even if you don't see your country on a Broker's recent list.
You can get the List of 20 Moscow certified Russian real estate Brokers, annotated in English with the Brokers' contact information included, emailed to you for $99. Some advice on how to deal with Russian real estate Brokers, what to expect, etc., will come with the List.
I can email each Broker on the List on your behalf with your business offer both in English and Russian, with a copy to you, for $149. You provide the English text of the offer.
I can prepare the text of your business offer in both languages, email it to each Broker on the List, with a copy to you, for $199. You supply me with the information on your business and properties.
Please contact me with your choice for invoicing by email, at olga.kellen at english-and-russian dot com or through my CONTACT page.
P.S. My Guarantee: If any of the email addresses on the List is bad (you know, things happen on the Internet) and your message returns undelivered, please forward it to me. I'll say "thank you" for cleaning up the List and provide you 2 other contacts for 1, free of charge of course.
P.P.S. Discount:There is also the List of
Russian Real Estate Brokers in St. Petersburg. You can get both Lists of St. Petersburg and Moscow Realtors with 20% discount.
If you'd rather prefer to get your own specialized List of Russian Realtors, feel free to visit Russian real estate agents advertising international properties in Russian media
If you are a do-it-yourself type and want to educate yourself on the topic, you can download my e-books *How to Find the Best Foreign Realtors and Make Your Offer of Cooperation in Sale Irresistible to Them* and *How to Sell Real Estate to the Russians* to apply the knowledge and contact the Russian real estate agents on your own (click on the book covers below to go to Amazon):
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