Agency Law: Differentiating between “Special Agent” and “General Agent”

Within the world of real estate in the United States, the term “agency” plays a critical role in how business is conducted. It is essential for professionals and clients alike to understand the differences between a Special Agent and a General Agent to establish appropriate and successful business relationships.

Special Agent

A Special Agent is an agent appointed to act on behalf of someone else (principal) for a specific purpose or a one-time transaction.

Key Features:

  • Limited Mandate: They only have authority to carry out a specific task or transaction.
  • Short Term Relationship: Once the task or transaction is completed, the relationship between the principal and the Special Agent usually ends.

General Agent

A General Agent has the power to represent his principal in various matters and transactions.

Key Features:

  • Broad Responsibilities: They can handle multiple transactions or issues for the same principal.
  • Long-term relationship: They often have a more extended relationship with the principal, overseeing a series of transactions or managing properties over an extended period.


As he Special Agent As the General Agent They offer different advantages and are used in different scenarios. By understanding their roles and differences, both agents and customers can establish and maintain clearer, more effective relationships.

Legal and Tax Disclaimer

Please be advised that the content presented in this blog is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal or tax advice. The articles and information provided here are written from the perspective of a real estate agent affiliated with Keller Williams, and do not represent legal or tax counsel.

As the author, I am a licensed real estate professional under Keller Williams, holding Brokerage DRE License Number: #02197031. However, it is important to note that my expertise is in the field of real estate, and not in legal or tax matters. The insights and opinions shared on this blog are based on my experiences and knowledge in the real estate industry and should be treated as general guidance rather than definitive legal or tax advice.

For specific legal or tax concerns relating to any real estate transactions or investments, readers are strongly encouraged to consult with a qualified attorney or tax advisor who can provide tailored advice based on your individual circumstances and the latest legal and regulatory requirements.

The information on this blog is provided "as is" without warranty of any kind, and I, along with Keller Williams and its affiliates, disclaim all liability for any loss, damage, or misunderstanding arising from reliance on the information contained herein.

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