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Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Not easy to find compatible partner, but when you do find that needle in haystack it is best to be equal partners.  Good luck

May 31, 2017 06:30 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good luck, David --- I wouldn't likely be looking on Craigslist unless if it was for a laugh.   A better plan might include networking with other agents in your area.    

Jun 01, 2017 05:36 AM
Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

Go to your Broker and ask them if they could recommend someone that is like minded as you. Your Broker will know who is good and who has problems.

May 31, 2017 05:49 PM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Look in your organization for a person that meets your criteria and needs.

May 31, 2017 05:22 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Our local association has a FB page, David Osborn - does yours? You can post there, post on your own FB page, Twitter feed or a job website.

Have you thought about hiring someone just to work your leads and do the administrative side of the work?

Perhaps a local real estate school - speak to some of those who teach the courses and have them recommend someone.

Good luck!

May 31, 2017 05:08 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

All I can say is that I wouldn't be looking for a business partner on Craig's List. You need to network in your local association and get recommendations from local agents who know who's who in the area.

Jun 01, 2017 03:32 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Good question David Osborn . I have been looking for good agents to join my team but have batted zero in 4 years. I am training new people to fit in and am only moderately successful at that.

May 31, 2017 05:42 PM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

 They are all around you David Osborn but be careful. Let the members of your Realtor Association know.

Jun 01, 2017 03:06 AM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

I've been looking for agents for 3-1/2 years now. The ones who have been doing it for years, seem to be entrenched in their own brokerage. The ones who are not happy and would like to change, are not the producers, not high energy, they are looking for me to lead generate for them. Then there are the ones who want to get into the industry, but the training will be intense and I don't know that I want to take that on. So here I am very happy as an independent broker not beholden or have responsiblity over anyone else. PS. But if the right one(s) come across my path, I will know it and that will change.

May 31, 2017 07:41 PM
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

I agree with Lise Howe.  If you are good at lead gen but bad at the details I don't think you need a partner - you probably need to be the team lead and hire an administrative person.  Pay them a good amount, not a minimal admin salary, it will still be less than a partnership and you will have full control to run the business how you want.  I am not with KW but Millionair Real Estate Agent is a really good book; I'd recommend it as well.  You could also go to real estate pre-license classes to meet and recruit new agents that want to be on a team and have leads given to them. Good luck! -Kasey

Jun 01, 2017 07:58 AM
Dennis Swartz
Full Circle Property Management - Columbus, OH
MBA, GRI...experience counts!


Seriously, maybe a real estate school and get a fresh one?

Jun 01, 2017 04:12 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Keep an eye open for people who are out there handling deals, then invite them. Only desperate people are looking for jobs on CL.

Jun 01, 2017 03:23 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Most successful teams consist of husband and wife or family. 

To form a team one not only has to be charismatic, most are looking for someone to provide reliable leads that translates to multiple closings.

The disappointment from new agents is the team leader does not provide sufficient leads to allow new agents to make a living.


"$ Split is unacceptable". "I am not your open house volunteer." " I am too poor to pay your marketing, that should come from leader's budget." " I can not coming to your 5:00 PM team meeting, too busy."

May 31, 2017 06:19 PM
Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

I'm thinking you are not working in a brokerage where other realtors might be looking to be part of a Team David Osborn, as I know that is a great way to not just go on your first impression of meeting them and talking with them, but to see how they act and interact over time, in different office situations.  I am part of a Team and totally agree that having an opposite team member is the way to go, as you are not competing with each other, since your strengths and weaknesses are not the same, so you are complimenting each other.  I remember back in realtor school, that some of my classmates were looking to be part of a team (as most were newbies), and found others who were also, and they all ended up going to the same brokerage.  At that point, they felt that they knew to some degree, the person's abilities and commitment to success.  I realize you are no longer in that situation.  Some teams are also married couples, so I don't know if that would apply to you, but it's a consideration.  Best of Luck!

Jun 01, 2017 10:20 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

I am with Nina Hollander on this.  Networking. Keep your eyes open on how other agents work and then meet with them to discuss the possibility of a team.  I wish you all the best. 

Jun 01, 2017 07:21 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Try going to some real estate networking events in your area.

Jun 01, 2017 07:07 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

selecting a partner is a "huge undertaking".... and craig's list is the last place to look.... why don't you go it alone and refer your business to other agents who you know can close... and then if you like the results, ask those people if they want to join YOUR team... you are the rainmaker and they work the business.... you get paid a referral fee on everything they close....

Jun 01, 2017 06:56 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

start with an administrative person first - read the Milionaire Real Estate agent and grow your team organically - taking on a partner is a huge step and you might not need to do that.  It really is like a marriage so you should start small and grow steadily

Jun 01, 2017 03:34 AM
Mick Michaud
Distinctly Texas Lifestyle Properties, LLC Office:682/498-3107 - Granbury, TX
Your Texas Lifestyle is Here!

Don't go trolling on CL or FB.  Look both in your local association membership list and here on AR.  Read profiles and posts on the topics you're interested in. 

May 31, 2017 10:33 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Have faith...The message is out to the Universe. It will respond in due time

May 31, 2017 06:45 PM
Toronto, ON

If you are looking for a partner, make sure you have a very well drafted partnership agreement as well.

Jun 01, 2017 08:21 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

The best way to find partners is to network in the business community.

Jun 01, 2017 08:12 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Many agents shy away from CL. I would search more locally, a facebook group or start with those you interact with

Jun 01, 2017 06:42 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Mary Yonkers nailed this one!

Jun 01, 2017 06:04 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Stay away from the gimick sites and and stay professional.   Lead gen site will drain yoou dry for a short term gain.

May 31, 2017 07:28 PM
Dave Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
Making Realty Dreams a Reality #WeWillGetYouHome

Partner or team member(s)? Team members you try out on a trial basis it works or it doesn't ... as for a partner that would have to be someone I already know how they work what they bring to the table etc. So possibly they would come from team members after a long enough affiliation. David Osborn 

Jun 11, 2018 06:55 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

David Osborn - make sure you check the DISC profile of this person. 

Do not duplicate another David Osborn...lol! (one of the biggest mistake!)

Jun 03, 2017 10:22 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

If you network in your area you are bound to meet the right team members if your concept is compelling.

Jun 02, 2017 03:10 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

They reveal themselves through years of interaction. Even then, I'd never take on a partner, I'd run a team and those members are in your brokerage or market right now and you've had good experiences with them, so they stand out.

Jun 01, 2017 09:38 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


The last place I would go to is Craig's list as a source.  I think it takes time to find the right person.  Identify your core values, and look for someone with the same core values.  A

Jun 01, 2017 08:36 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

This is a very difficult task and one that you need to apporach with a plan on how to reverse course when you realize the partnership is not working. Good luck in finding the right person!

Jun 01, 2017 07:46 AM
Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

put an ad on ziprecruiter

Jun 01, 2017 06:25 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

"knows what they are doing, excellent at serving clients, detail oriented"

Sounds to me like you are seeking a successful, productive agent to join your team. Such agents are not trolling CL or Facebook looking for a job.

This is the same issue every recruiting broker faces. I suggest you submit yourself to be interviews by a local BH, KW and Rx broker to see what they are offering. You are all trying to poach the same candidate.

Now, it is incumbent upon you to do a better job than them, at conveying your VISION regarding the real estate business. Same ole, same ole, will not get a good agent to jump ship.

The mine the MLS productivity reports and start introducing yourself the the newest agents who average 10 or more transactions a year. DO NOT RECRUIT DEAD WEIGHT.

Best of success,

Jun 01, 2017 04:42 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I have met some wonderful agents having them on the other side of a transaction.

Jun 03, 2017 08:42 AM
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

If I had to find one, I would probably spend more time networking at the REALTOR board meetings or various volunteer groups so I could really get to know someone.

Jun 03, 2017 06:19 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

All I can say is put something in writing with your future partner.


Jun 02, 2017 11:40 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I would start in your own brokerage.  Possibly ask your broker for assistance in finding the right one.

Jun 02, 2017 05:11 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital


Jun 01, 2017 07:25 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

I so agree with Michael Jacobs !!

Jun 01, 2017 06:11 PM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Not a bar.

Jun 01, 2017 05:29 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

 Get a list of top producers from your local board or association.  Approach those people.

Jun 01, 2017 03:46 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I've had no luck with tinder, Zoosk, PoF, Jdate, active date, trekkie dating, Coffee meets bagel, eharmony, okcupid, the bars and clubs in the area.  Now going for a mail order bride.... oh, a REAL ESTATE business partner.  OOPS!

Jun 01, 2017 10:59 AM
John Meussner
Mortgages in AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, MD, MN, MT, NC, NJ, NV, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI - Fair Oaks, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Fair Oaks, CA 484-680-4852

There are lots of internet sites.  The bar is still a favorite hangout for singles, too.  I prefer to go to events where I can meet people with mutual interests, that way you've got something in common with them from the start.


Oh....you mean for business?


I have some great friends that also happen to be great agents, I'd start with them.  Or post a blog, or a post on a Fresno community page on facebook.  Lots of options.

Jun 01, 2017 10:22 AM