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 is a city association in Moscow – Moscow Association of Realtors / Moscow Guild of Realtors.
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.
also plenty of Russian real estate companies and independent Brokers who are
not members of any associations, but are good at what they do anyway.
approximate number of real estate Brokers in Moscow is 10,000 to 12,000 by some
Please note that most of them work only with their domestic properties, not internationally, and those Russian real estate companies that do sell international properties to the Russians may be specialists in one or other country or countries, while several really huge companies can cover the whole world or close to it.
If you prefer to get your own specialized List of Russian Realtors, who sell just your country's properties in Russia, 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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