Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA (Barcode Properties)

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

No team unless you have a written agreement with exit clause.  I have seen too many newer agents taken advantage of by the team leader.

Nov 01, 2017 10:20 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

go solo with a mentor..... unless the team is set up to train and have the agent shadow....

Nov 01, 2017 11:09 AM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

I think it is a personal preference.  

Nov 01, 2017 05:30 PM
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
A moving experience!

That would depend entirely on the agent, and on the team.

Some agents need the mentoring, and some are better on their own.  Some teams are great training grounds for new agents, and others just use and abuse them.

It depends.

Nov 01, 2017 10:24 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Unless an agent had mentoring from a parent, friend, etc., they probably better to partner up wth someone more knowledgeable first before going solo. 

I believe in #apprenticeship for first few months or even a year, this is the only way not to burn yourself and your money( and often your relationships due stress of such a huge change).

Nov 01, 2017 10:22 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

  Team or mentor.  

Nov 01, 2017 10:16 AM
Richard L. McKinney P.A.
Atlantic Shores Realty Expertise - Port St Lucie, FL
For Results that MOVE you on the Treasure Coast!

Lesson two of Napoleon Hills book - Keys to Success, 17 Principals of Personal Achievement, he says to "Establish a Mastermind Alliance" and again in lesson 12 he says "Inspire Teamwork"  ..... In today real estate business I would translate this into getting a mentor. Someone who is successful that you can learn from. For anyone just starting a career in real estate, I cannot think of a better way to advance your career than to get a mentor. In the past this was your broker. Now days this is mostly done by joining a team. 

Nov 01, 2017 12:04 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Joining a team was not an option 25 years ago, so very hard to say what I would do today. As for suggestions to new agents... I'd have to know the agent involved to make the right kind of recommendation.

Nov 01, 2017 10:33 AM
Sean Casey
Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate - Newark, DE
Greenville, Hockessin, Newark & Bear Homes

I think it would depend on the agent and what they felt was best for them.  I don't think it would be an easy one size fits all answer.

Nov 01, 2017 10:19 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Depends upon the agent and the team! Self-motivation is a MUST either way, in my opinion.

Nov 01, 2017 09:15 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Based on my experience, a new agent should ask lots of questions and listen.  To join a team, hire a coach, find a mentor --- each is a possible option.  Having the right information helps in the decision-making process.  

Nov 01, 2017 10:33 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

I might agree. It would be good for them to see systems working in action & there would always be help when questions came up. Flying solo as a noob is tough.

Nov 01, 2017 10:22 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Inna Ivchenko I think if a new agent has a chance to join a successful agent or team they should JUMP at the chance.

Nov 01, 2017 05:07 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Most should join a team, I just formed my own.

Nov 01, 2017 04:42 PM
Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT

When you first start shadow an experienced agent. Then when you know what you are best at get into a team where you & your partner's skills compliment each other!

Nov 01, 2017 02:31 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

That decision is up to the individual. And, there are many formats for teams.

Nov 01, 2017 01:46 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Inna Ivchenko It is better for a new agent join a team or work with a mentor.

Nov 01, 2017 01:22 PM
John Meussner
Mortgages in AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, IN, 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

I don't know about a team, but I think everyone new to an industry should have some type of mentorship or coaching in place.

Nov 01, 2017 12:36 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

I feel that it depends on the agent and the level of training offered by the managing broker.  

Nov 01, 2017 11:20 AM
Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide

I loved working on a team no matter if I was new or very experienced. Leaders/contract writers who know how to delegate with wisdom, write their own paycheck. I've done VERY well with teams.

A great mentor or a great team that mentors and nurtures is a must for any new agent. IMO

Nov 01, 2017 10:29 AM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Join a Team ... Learn, Study and Practice ... makes one a much more experienced and well-rounded Real Estate Agent.

Nov 01, 2017 01:09 PM
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX

I think a team you learn quicker that way you can always leave later if you choose to.

Nov 01, 2017 11:55 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

An agent with no real estate experience? Never bought or sold property in their life? They need to be with a mentor, or a very hands-on broker. Not even a team. Too easy to be overlooked & left to your own devices.
My first year, my broker was way up my backside, with eyes in the back of her head. And for good reason. I knew nothing. And I had worked in real estate in another state and dealt with transactions before. But it doesn't mean you know anything, especially in the great state of AZ.

Nov 01, 2017 11:13 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Have never been part of a team, and see that one always feels they do more than the other.   I think a mentor, or a broker assisting would be my suggestion.

Nov 04, 2017 06:41 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Inna it is all about personalities, I hated being in Corporate America, hence I chose the hard road, but loved the idea of being my own boss, there are trade offs... but well worth my decision... Endre

Nov 03, 2017 10:30 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Go solo, but have a mentor.  With teams it is far too easy to get pigeonholed into just working buyers or one aspect.  Plus often in teams you don't get your stats, they all go to the team lead.

Nov 02, 2017 10:33 AM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

This depends on the specific agent and the level of 'street-smarts' she has.

Nov 02, 2017 08:47 AM
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

Depends on the person but believe that most new agents would do much better in the long run by starting on a team. -Kasey

Nov 02, 2017 07:54 AM
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

I see the future of real estate at least in large markets as being team driven. There is just too much to do and not enough hours in a day to compete in today's tek based world as a solo agent.

1. get trained

2.join a sucessful team

3. split off and make your own team after a few years

that is what I would do today as a new agent

Nov 02, 2017 04:47 AM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

I agree with Barbara Todaro, going solo with a good mentor is the best way to learn the ropes. 

Nov 02, 2017 01:50 AM
Peter Mohylsky, Beach Expert
PMI. Destin - Miramar Beach, FL
Call me at 850-517-7098

A strong mentor or team is a great way to get a start and ensure success.

Nov 02, 2017 01:35 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

It all depends on how determined and independent a person is. I have no regrets going solo.

Nov 01, 2017 08:05 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

I'm all for going solo with a mentor!

Nov 01, 2017 05:47 PM
Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Inna, I had to do it solo. It was before teams were popular. I train all of my agents to go solo, but if they wanted to work as teams, I'd certainly encourage them and train them to do so. I like the solo path, but it's all I've known.

Nov 01, 2017 04:44 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


It all depends on one's temperament.  Some do well in a team and some do better solo.  A

Nov 01, 2017 02:32 PM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Probably solo with a mentor or coach. But it wouldn't hurt to try a team on a trial basis. The more learned, the better.

Nov 01, 2017 01:54 PM
Dave Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
Making Realty Dreams a Reality #WeWillGetYouHome

I think it would depend on the individual.  I do think everyone that is new or even experienced benefits from shared knowledge of others though so its always a good idea to ask others what they do and how. If its helpful learn from it and impliment what seems like it would fit you. 

Nov 01, 2017 12:40 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Depends on the individual and how much hand holding they think the require.

Nov 01, 2017 12:38 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

The team leader needs to be considerate not fighting all over stealing your clients.  Most are looking for unpaid volunteers or gophers.  It is best to find like agent work together and form your own team. 

If I wear Jennifer Smith Team's pink T-shirt, there must be justification and compensation go with the arrangment.   

Nov 01, 2017 12:01 PM
Maria Sapio
Keller Williams of Central PA - Carlisle, PA
Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA.

I think it depends on the ultimate goals of that agent and if they have the time/money to build slowly or not -

Nov 01, 2017 11:42 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

At the very least find a mentor.

Nov 01, 2017 10:45 AM
Dave Halpern
Dave Halpern Real Estate Agent, Inc., Louisville, KY (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

Team, but only if the team structure is a win-win.

Nov 01, 2017 10:33 AM
Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

I would say go solo. 

Nov 05, 2017 04:05 PM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

I don't know. You can learn a lot of bad habits too. Just because someone has done it for years, well.... And if the "mentors" are truly successful, they are not about to teach you. Real estate is pretty "individual", we each have our own way of selling. As to the proper forms to use, etc., that's an ongoing learning experience as forms are added. Plus, most of us go into real estate a little later in life when we have  quite a bit of experience under our belt.Don't know about anyone else, but I couldn't wait for the 3 years of being an agent and hanging my license under a broker, to take my own broker's license. I'm in business for myself and love it.

Nov 05, 2017 02:32 PM
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

A new agent would benefit from a mentor or a team to get started.

Nov 03, 2017 04:29 PM
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

So many new agents just go into real estate. They just want to make a lot of money. You really need to take time to figure out who you are and what are your strengths. To be on a team you need to make sure your strengths fit the role you are given on the team.

For many, I think having a really good mentor is the best place to start.

Nov 02, 2017 04:22 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

totally solo with a good mentor

Nov 02, 2017 01:41 PM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

I always recommend joining a "productive" team.  Just joining any team is not the most beneficial IMO

Nov 02, 2017 08:03 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

It really depends on the individual.

Nov 02, 2017 07:10 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

It depends on the person, some can make it solo, most cannot. A team atmosphrer can sure ive a great start and built a strong business for any agent

Nov 02, 2017 05:43 AM
Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent
REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results!

I would go solo.. and enusre you are with a brokerage who provies ongoing education and training and mentoring.  If you do go with a team, have someone else look over the contract before you sign it...

Nov 02, 2017 05:32 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Should atleast have a mentor.

Nov 02, 2017 05:11 AM
Ben DeHaven
Haven Realty & Investments - Lakeland, FL
Proudly serving Winter Haven & Lakeland, Florida

New agents benefit from training and leads provided by a team. 

Nov 02, 2017 04:32 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I am not big on teams but it really depends on if the agent is a self starter.

Nov 01, 2017 06:33 PM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

I think it's an individual thing depending on the person and their needs. I started out with a team but if I could do a do-over, I would prefer a mentor to guide me for a while. 

Nov 01, 2017 04:24 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Inna Ivchenko I would suggest a new agent find a mentor. Once they learn the ropes, then join a team if they choose to do so. I don't believe a team is the place to learn this business.

Nov 01, 2017 12:42 PM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

If the team is supportive, it would be a good learning experience.

Nov 01, 2017 11:18 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Both...always be looking for opportunity and support a team position too

Nov 01, 2017 10:59 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Join a great team and get a coach right away!


Nov 06, 2017 10:37 AM
Dan Capra
LAER Realty Partners - Lowell, MA
Listing/Buyer Agent

No question here...being on a GOOD team allows you to learn from others and then impliment into your own business...I started the business solo and was completely lost.

Nov 02, 2017 05:20 AM
Aaron Seekford
Arlington Realty, Inc. - Arlington, VA
Ranked Top 1% Nationwide 703-836-6116

It really depends on their current relationships and how long they have been in business. If an agent is just starting out or does not have that big of a network, join a team. Other than that it comes down to a financial decision as well, if one does not have a big source of funds, it will take a good amount to catipult the team model quicker, but can be done, it will just take longer.

Nov 05, 2017 03:56 AM
Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

Team and mentor to be there must.

Nov 10, 2018 02:43 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

It depends on the personality traits of the individual.

Aug 05, 2018 03:53 PM