Unlike Europe, a buyer works with only one estate agent, or ‘realtor’. The realtor’s job is to provide you will full information and guidance on all properties for sale gleaned from the Multiple Listing Service (MLS). In America, realtors have access to all information on homes on the market, and they don’t just sell homes they’ve listed themselves. Some brokers (or realtors) don’t list homes at all. They are known as ‘buyers’ brokers’ and they are like a property finder in the UK, helping a purchaser locate a home. And, the seller pays the listing and selling brokers (the commission is split between them).