Bob  Ratliff, "Sold with Bob" (Robert Ratliff Realty)

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Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

I better ,  she's my wife!!!!!!

Dec 17, 2015 12:13 PM
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Hella Mitschke Rothwell
(831) 626-4000 - Honolulu, HI
Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker

There's nothing like being your own broker, freedom to make your own decisions. You just need the confidence, knowledge and experience to make a go of it. As to "knowledge" and "experience", you keep building on it as you go along. There's always something new to learn from each client and transaction. That's what's so exciting.

Dec 17, 2015 06:51 AM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

My broker is my wife so I should say yes. However, REALTORS® don't work for their broker and in my opinion the broker should work for the agent.

Dec 17, 2015 06:10 AM
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David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential

Bob,
I became a broker just as fast as I could, am an active broker in two states, and have never looked back. Working for others may be helpful to some people but it was a hindrance to me.

Dec 17, 2015 05:41 AM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Yes, I love working for myself, I am very kind to myself

Dec 17, 2015 04:10 AM
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Bob... I don't work for any broker. I hang my license with a brokerage firm that has a broker owner and I believe he works for me. I have been fully licensed as a broker my entire career so report to no one but myself--that can be hard sometimes! People who've worked for me liked doing so, but I think they liked working for me better than I like working for myself

Dec 17, 2015 09:39 PM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Yes.  KW became our franchise of choice in 2006.  Jim Dunning at Keller Williams Arizona Realty became our Broker of choice in 2012.  and what Joe Pryor said...

Dec 17, 2015 09:09 PM
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Bob Ratliff
Robert Ratliff Realty - San Antonio, TX
"Sold with Bob"

Thank you all for taking time to answer my silly question. I have been a Broker since 2004 and still work for RE/MAX my office Broker as a Broker Associate. Merry Christmas to ActiveRain community and if not Christian Happy Holidays.

Dec 17, 2015 07:55 PM
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Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Bob. I would hope the answer to the question would be yes, otherwise why stay?

Dec 17, 2015 05:22 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

No Bob, that guy that I work for keeps me working too many hours and seldom pays me.

Dec 17, 2015 01:34 PM
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Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

     Got my Broker's License in 1989, went independent in 1993.  

    With complete and total respect to my (3) previous Brokers, I will never go back to working under someone else.

Dec 17, 2015 01:08 PM
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Patricia Kennedy
Redfin - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

I'm an associate broker and love the broker who owns and runs our company.  

Dec 17, 2015 12:09 PM
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I would like working for myself and did. I am resolved to work for my broker now.

Dec 17, 2015 12:06 PM
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Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Yes to both questions. I am the Broker and I like myself very much.

Dec 17, 2015 11:14 AM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I am a broker and love working for me, I have two agents under me and they tell me they love the training I give them.

Dec 17, 2015 09:09 AM
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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I am a broker...all licensees in CO start off as brokers, but I don't own my own company. I work with a broker that as been in business since dirt was invented. He's sharp and knows the industry. I love my office and the people here. 

Dec 17, 2015 07:55 AM
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Mike Kelly,CRS,CIPS
The MJKelly Team - Santa Rosa, CA
"One of Sonoma County's Natural Resources"

I don't work for anyone. I'm in business WITH my broker. Having been licensed since 1978 I've never really saw the reason to become a broker. I had an associate of mine who sold maybe 6 houses in the first two years of being licensed so the great state of California said he could take his broker's test. He did and became a broker. If you tell me you're a broker Im not impressed. It carried litle weight when I'm sitting across from Mr. and Mrs. Seller or Buyer!

Dec 17, 2015 06:54 AM
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Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

Larry could be one if he wanted, but we prefer to work under someone eles's umbrella. We work out of our home office and as long as we work ethically and under MLS rules, we never have to deal with our broker.

Dec 17, 2015 06:18 AM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I LOVE WORKING for myself. It is the ultimate in freedom and accomplishment. Imagine the harder you work, the more the reward you get. Something that seems lost with a generation starting right in DC.

Dec 17, 2015 05:47 AM
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Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide

I prefer working with a broker even though I'm qualified to become one. I still work for myself (really the clients), but do like the streamlined process which I'm a part of.

Dec 17, 2015 04:47 AM
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John Meussner
Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, - Walnut Creek, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852

I guess the equivalent for me would be our branch manager.  I do like working with him (I don't work for him, though), but there are times I think I'd be better off in my own office, as he's more laid back and I'm more type-A "get it done now".  We don't clash per se, but sometimes I need to light fires.

Dec 17, 2015 04:40 AM
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Fred Hafdelin
Weichert Realtors - Mountain Lakes, NJ

I love working with my Broker. She treats me great and is very fair.

Dec 17, 2015 04:29 AM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Bob Ratliff, Broker Associate - REALTOR® CRS, GRI ~ 512-587-5689 When I had my company, I was the best agent I had.

Dec 17, 2015 04:04 AM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I had my own companies for the first 30 years of my career. We moved to another state to be closer to family members and then I became an associate broker working with some outstanding brokers.

Dec 17, 2015 03:50 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Yes I do!  He's my father!

Dec 18, 2015 03:23 AM
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Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

My broker is a real pain in the butt.  Oh wait I am my own broker.  lol.  Yes I love owning my own business.  Haven't looked back EVER!!!!

Dec 18, 2015 01:22 AM
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John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Can't imagine working for anyone except myself.  No regrets in opening my own doors.

Dec 17, 2015 11:26 PM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Currently a sole proprietor, so I have to like the boss!

Dec 17, 2015 10:26 PM
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Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Yes I like working for my last two Broker's.

I am working for myself and am my hardest critic!

Dec 17, 2015 10:20 PM
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TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 Good morning Bob. I'm still try to figure out where to hang my license.

Dec 17, 2015 05:24 PM
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Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

Yes, he's great!

Dec 17, 2015 04:50 PM
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FN LN
Toronto, ON

Yes.

Dec 17, 2015 11:26 AM
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Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

I have an excellent Broker Bob, he has sold quite a bit and knows the market.

Dec 17, 2015 11:06 AM
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Stefan Winter
Real Estate in IL & NV | Owner of Real Estate Web Tech | Daily Vlogger - Las Vegas, NV
Owner - Winter Group & Real Estate Web Tech

I like it, that is why I stay with them and don't move around. It is about as fair as it gets for everyone.

Dec 17, 2015 08:20 AM
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

The big name brokers seem to have chip on their shoulders. They love to fire avg agents and kiss B&## on top performers. 

In our brokerage owner works for us. He is RE lawyer and will change paper, fix printers. A low key good guy.

Dec 17, 2015 07:40 AM
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Renee Paray
Coldwell Banker Preferred - Blue Bell, PA
REALTOR

Yes, I do like working for a broker. This way I can focus on the thing I do best, sales. 

Dec 17, 2015 07:19 AM
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Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Bob - I absolutely love working for the broker I have now. I can't say that about all the brokers I have worked for.

Dec 19, 2015 03:10 PM