Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker! (Fathom Realty Washington LLC)

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Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The RIGHT CHARLOTTE REALTOR!

Been there, done that and am happy as a clam right now, not being an owner!

Here's my take, Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, Broker, Tacoma Washington - The very small fee that my current brokerage charges is a more-than-fair exchange for not having to run a brokerage. The time consumed running a brokerage cost me so much individual business over the years - and in my situation, there was no real profit for the major time investment while training agents, running the shop or dealing with the drama.  

Now, I feel like there's a huge weight off of my shoulders - I have an incredibly supportive broker, get more leads from my current company than I ever did from my old company AND, I have time to work them - and close them as well as spending far more time with my past clients and referral partners.  

#LifeIsGood   

Mar 26, 2017 08:20 PM
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Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
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I am delighted to be a solo broker/owner. Love the freedom of only answering to my clients.

Mar 26, 2017 08:25 PM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
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At the moment I am happy as an individual agent in a great brokerage. But that could change!

Mar 26, 2017 08:16 PM
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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I have a broker-in-charge license in NC because I am incorporated and legally the "broker" of my firm. But I hang my license with RE/MAX and you couldn't pay me enough to manage other agents.... sort of like herding cats, if you ask me. I had a team at one point and am so happy I disbanded it and just work on my own.

Mar 27, 2017 04:21 AM
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Dennis Swartz
Full Circle Property Management - Columbus, OH
MBA, GRI...experience counts!

Its definately not all I hoped it would be...

Mar 27, 2017 02:20 AM
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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
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    Happy to be on my own!  I could never work under another broker again.

Mar 26, 2017 08:34 PM
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Julie Larson Realtor® Sarasota FL 941-284-9826
White Sands Realty Group FL | 941-284-9826 | Serving Sarasota, Manatee & Charlotte Counties - Sarasota, FL
When you're thinking of moving...ThinkSuncoast.com

I'm really happy as an agent and working with my husband and my sister as a team!!!

Mar 26, 2017 08:20 PM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

We did both, and we had a team that did not need managing.  Even now, we work with self-starters.  They get up and get the job done.  A

Mar 26, 2017 08:13 PM
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Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
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Ahhhh now that's a loaded question!  I'm happy now but do wonder what I'd like to see down the path...

Mar 27, 2017 04:16 AM
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Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I owned businesses for over 30 years before going to the simpler days of sales.

Mar 27, 2017 03:21 AM
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Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I enjoy being a sales professional but could see myself as manager/owner someday. 

Mar 27, 2017 03:03 AM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, Broker, Tacoma Washington - never thought of that and that's why I am still a salesperson...

Mar 26, 2017 11:05 PM
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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

I'm an owner, manager/technician, entrepreneur now.

I see myself as less of a manager/technician later in life, more just an owner/entrepreneur. I do not long for simpler days-those were when I was 10years old, I'm happier now than I've ever been.

Mar 26, 2017 09:51 PM
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Bob Crane
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I enjoy magnifying my skills through the hands of many others that I coach.

Mar 26, 2017 09:08 PM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Even though I'm a salesperson and hang my real estate license with a large brokerage I consider myself the "owner" of my business.  I have no desire to be a broker owner/manager with salespeople under my license.     

Mar 27, 2017 04:50 AM
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Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
MOOERS REALTY - Houlton, ME
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

I love my job as the designated broker and it is never the same routine. We reinvent real estate and use technology to make it simpler.

Mar 27, 2017 03:55 AM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Yes, ideally I'd like to own few properties and manage them. 

Mar 26, 2017 11:42 PM
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Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Paul - I am pretty happy as a sales professional. Not sure I would want to manage other agents.

Mar 26, 2017 08:49 PM
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John Slocum
Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington - Vancouver, WA
Broker, SFR - Vancouver WA Real Estate

One of us thinks about the savings we'd have being our own brokerage, while the other points out the ever increasing load of regulations the WA DOL loves to load on us.  If WAR would ever push back against the Oly pencil pushers, we may give it a shot. (I'd have better odds at the new tribal Casino opening this year!)

Mar 27, 2017 04:44 PM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I've been in management for 37 of my 39 years.... I continue to manage.... but I also do marketing.... once a manager, always a manager if you like it!! 

Mar 27, 2017 09:30 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Someday I'll be the broker, but still doing sales.  I don't plan on hiring anyone.

Mar 27, 2017 09:17 AM
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Harry F. D'Elia III
WEDO Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

I enjoy being the owner very much

Mar 27, 2017 09:13 AM
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Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

I spent my "other life" in management and frankly, I would not go back to it for all the money in the world.  Okay, correction, yes, for all the money in the world, I would think about it.  I thoroughly enjoyed my past life and do often miss parts of it, but I wouldn't even consider being a manager, owner or broker...I like things just the way they are now. 

Mar 27, 2017 07:42 AM
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Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Been there and done that. I enjoy focusing more on client needs these days

Mar 27, 2017 07:05 AM
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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

I was a business owner before real estate and understood the true cost of running a business.  I never WANTED to be a broker/owner.  I was happy paying a split for support services.  That said, I did become a broker owner when I could see the market changing.  My, then, office owner wouldn't let me get into property management.  I checked around and none of them wanted the "hassle".  So, I opened my own office and thrived during the crash.  They were recruiting me after that.  The best revenge is success.  

Mar 27, 2017 06:50 AM
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Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

We've gone back and forth on this a few times. Not deciding is the same as making a decision to stay the same, I suppose.

Mar 27, 2017 06:43 AM
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

As an owner/broker I enjoy not having to answer to anybody Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, Broker, Tacoma Washington BUT when it comes time to pay the bills I miss the simpler days.

Mar 27, 2017 06:30 AM
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Maria Sapio
Keller Williams of Central PA - Carlisle, PA
Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA. Mariasapio.com

One day at a time - learning, learning, learning ....!!!

Mar 27, 2017 06:16 AM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

It would be very difficlut to financially justify an independant office when compared to the REMAX structure.

However, a business owner with a brokers license may find the consumer wants more choice and protection than allowed by NAR, franchises (including REMAX) and the local organizations.

 

Mar 27, 2017 05:53 AM
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Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

I have significantly cut down on my team size and enjoy this much better

Mar 27, 2017 05:47 AM
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Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

I'm the Team Leader & Agent

Mar 27, 2017 05:31 AM
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Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

I enjoy being the Broker/Owner but that's because I have great folks working with me that require little supervision.

Mar 27, 2017 05:27 AM
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Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

Heck no, who wants to count the office pencils & watch the copier. I am just a happy underling & plan to remain that way.

Mar 27, 2017 05:20 AM
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James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR

Good morning Paul.  I am a broker/manager, I would not change a thing.

Mar 27, 2017 05:20 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I have no desire to be the manager or owner.

Mar 27, 2017 05:14 AM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I am not trying to disparage brokers but for me a broker slowed my momentum.

Mar 27, 2017 05:06 AM
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Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent
BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS REAL ESTATE SIGNATURE SERVICE - Mississauga, ON
REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results!

I'm happy doing what I love, interacting with people buying and selling.. have no desire to deasl with the hassle of owning a brokerage and all the stress and problems that come with it.

Mar 27, 2017 05:06 AM
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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

Current arrangement works for us!

Mar 27, 2017 04:53 AM
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

I chose to work with those I feel comfortable with on my terms. Others I refer them out.

Mar 26, 2017 09:08 PM
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Dave Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
Making Realty Dreams a Reality #WeWillGetYouHome

I am happy in the capacity of helping people the more I help the better I like it... commission or not 

Mar 04, 2018 09:47 AM
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Kate Akerly
Kaminsky Group - Manhattan Beach, CA
Manhattan Beach Residential Sales

I think they are generally different skill sets, particularly if you are talking about running a larger firm (hundreds or thousands of brokers).  I've found that the strongest managers in that circumstance come from diverse business backgrounds whereas those that graduated from sales into running a division typically lack the management skillset necessary to outperform.

Apr 07, 2017 08:06 AM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I do own my own company, but have no agents with me, so doesn't feel much different that when I was with a broker, other than I get to go straight to the bank rather than waiting for them to cut me a check.

Mar 29, 2017 08:35 AM
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Cheryl Dukes . . . . . Intown Atlanta
Guaranteed Offer for your Home - eXp realty - Atlanta, GA

Been there and done that. Don't like managing people. Happy just being a sales pro.

Mar 28, 2017 07:15 PM
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Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo

It makes no sense to me to be the owner, operator or Broker.  We are on a 100% program with a fair fee system. I don't worry about others costing me to lose everything I've worked for.

Mar 28, 2017 04:39 PM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Love helping others and love being a broker.

 

Mar 28, 2017 06:52 AM
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Paul Antonelli
Antonelli Realty - Saint Cloud, FL
Broker Owner; Antonelli Realty

Ive been a broker now going on five years and i love the every day challenges and opportunities.

Mar 28, 2017 03:30 AM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Been there, done that. I am enjoying the simpler days of only managing myself.

Mar 27, 2017 06:17 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I am owner and Broker and love it

Mar 27, 2017 02:20 PM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

No.

Mar 27, 2017 07:45 AM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, Broker, Tacoma Washington Been there and done that!

Mar 27, 2017 07:28 AM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I now have nothing but simpler, easy peasy nice and breezy days always

Mar 27, 2017 07:03 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

As mostly in management since the 70's, there are times when I long for the old days and times when I applaud our progress!

Mar 27, 2017 05:53 AM