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Rainmaker
5,772,575
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Karen,

It depends on your personal core values!  If you know who you are and what you stand for, then you should join a company with similar core values.  A

May 30, 2017 02:20 PM
Rainmaker
1,712,776
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I have my own. It is like Groucho Marx said, any club that would have me as a member I don't want to belong to.

May 30, 2017 01:32 PM
Ambassador
6,414,578
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

A question that I have been pondering for the past year.

I have an interview list with dozens of questions, not sure if any of them are a Must, but all add to the possibility of a good fit.

May 30, 2017 01:18 PM
Ambassador
3,349,079
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

I left the big box brokerage after 9+ years because I was tired of the BS. I went independent over 5 years ago and have never looked back. The pay increase was nice too. 

May 30, 2017 02:42 PM
Rainmaker
5,024,913
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

I'm so with Ron and Alexandra Seigel !!

May 30, 2017 07:29 PM
Ambassador
2,187,241
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

It depends on the level of experience and support required by the individual agent.

May 30, 2017 07:21 PM
Rainer
509,449
Susie Kay
Ultra Real Estate Dallas Fort Worth - Plano, TX
North Dallas Specialist

It depends on what I need. When I was new I looked for a brokerage who would train.

May 30, 2017 06:49 PM
Rainmaker
1,201,052
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street, Suite #5, Topsfield, MA - Topsfield, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

For me, are they known for their integrity?

May 30, 2017 04:23 PM
Rainmaker
1,157,791
FN LN
Toronto, ON

The services provided.

May 30, 2017 02:47 PM
Rainmaker
2,784,266
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I remember many every man for themselves operations. Saying that, I always thought teamwork would fare better...Its subjective

May 30, 2017 02:41 PM
Ambassador
2,684,569
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Purely hypothetical, since I have my own company since 1993...

  Reputation of the company, and of the broker.

  Split.

  Support staff (secretarial, TC).

  If that company gets Relocation referrals or other in-house leads, to whom are they distributed? 

  What happens to my listings if I leave that company?   I know that legally (in Florida) they belong to the Broker, but will I get a piece of the pie when they sell?

  What are the core values and beliefs of that broker?  Are they similar or identical to mine?  

May 30, 2017 02:27 PM
Rainmaker
913,238
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Location, broker, parking availability, manager to name a few.

May 30, 2017 02:02 PM
Rainer
117,135
Christine Kankowski North SD and Temecula
House Match Inc - Poway, CA
Excellent Sales and Property Management

DO they alllow for online paperwork including a software system ?

Do they a llow for property managmeent or leasing?

 

May 30, 2017 02:02 PM
Rainmaker
5,583,328
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

My name is branded with RE/MAX to the degree of most people thinking I own the office....  the only reason I ever moved from one office to another, after a minimum of a 10 year period, was for a greater cut of the action...

 

 

May 30, 2017 01:58 PM
Rainmaker
5,111,160
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

It's been a long time since I made a change and I have no intention of making any in the future. So have not really given this any thought in quite a while.

May 30, 2017 01:20 PM
Rainmaker
599,734
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

I own my office and don't even want to join another office again!

May 31, 2017 05:52 AM
Rainmaker
4,800,132
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

How it feels.

May 31, 2017 05:43 AM
Rainmaker
4,319,773
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Burlington, MA
Metro Boston Homes For Sale

Karen Jones Lewis, MBA, Realtor - I used to say, education and training. Now I'd say, support and trust from your broker! 

May 30, 2017 10:41 PM
Rainmaker
1,552,350
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

Values of the company must align with mine.

May 30, 2017 09:39 PM
Ambassador
3,862,531
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

The must for me is my name be the company. 18 years with the big box. <y own company since 2009...love it for so many reasons!!

May 30, 2017 09:21 PM
Rainmaker
3,988,013
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

What I need now is quite different than what I needed when I started or even 10 years ago. I now want a good copier, reliable and fast internetm a separate office where I can churn out the work, a space for my assistant. I gave up on having an attractive office and good coffee long ago.

May 30, 2017 08:56 PM
Ambassador
5,252,729
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The RIGHT CHARLOTTE REALTOR!

Culture, reputation and integrity are very important to me and I expect my office to share my core beliefs. 

May 30, 2017 08:45 PM
Rainmaker
2,374,617
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

support

May 30, 2017 08:05 PM
Rainmaker
3,986,308
William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

There are way to many to start naming them.  No one thing should determine the decision

May 30, 2017 06:26 PM
Rainmaker
7,861,183
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Select the office that will best meet your personal needs. I selected RE/MAX.

May 30, 2017 06:24 PM
Rainmaker
921,504
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Clearly this question takes on a different weight if read by a newbie or by an agent who has figured a few things out.

For me, the MUST is vision. Unless the broker embraces VISION, it will matter very little which 'same ole' company one goes with. The decision to be made is how you want the moneys created to be dispersed.

Agents live in a wasteland  devoid of real vision.

May 30, 2017 02:44 PM
Rainmaker
1,241,629
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

If you have a MBA credential you are trained to read income statements, business projection etc. Most start as a commercial realtor or broker.

For those who have been around rarely you get leads from work and work at home a lot. The commission split matters as 90% of residential realtors go to the office picking up their cheque and leave.  I used to think office cultural matters as chemistry between workers and broker used to be important.  The worst is those who have nothing to do gossip about others.

I personally like broker who is a re attorney. You get legal advice without looking for one.

May 30, 2017 02:02 PM
Rainmaker
5,876,468
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

The last office I left had the WORST front desk people.  They were rude, and had half a brain.   My current office is excellent.

Jun 01, 2017 05:26 AM
Rainmaker
1,505,713
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I joined the family business, so there wasn't much looking around done.

May 31, 2017 01:40 PM
Rainmaker
1,727,956
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Overhead, fees, split, and a broker who stays out of our face.

May 31, 2017 06:49 AM
Rainmaker
1,617,916
Harry F. D'Elia III
WEDO Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

no more than 10 minutes from my home

May 31, 2017 06:36 AM