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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Asked and answered hundred and hundres of times here in the Rain. I suggest you check out the archives.

Feb 28, 2019 03:23 AM
Richard L. McKinney P.A.
Atlantic Shores Realty Expertise - Port St Lucie, FL
For Results that MOVE you on the Treasure Coast!

I think you should be more worried about what qualities you bring to the Broker. 

New agents come to me all the time looking for the brokerage qualities, training program, commission splits, broker/ manager accessibility and a plethora of run of the mill questions that I have heard hundreds of times. The conversations and questions all start the same way; "What will you do for me" What commission split do you offer", " Will you take my calls are midnight", "When will I be on a 90% Split"  blah, blah, blah ... lol

Those conversations do not last long with me.... I like to turn the conversation around and ask "Why should I invest my time, energy and resources into training you?"  "What value do you bring to our firm"  "Can you describe the sales process from prospecting to close?"  "Are you a Challenger or a Cheerleader?"  "Do you realize how expensive advertising is?" 

Here is my advise to you ... go find the top three real estate teams in your area (teams that sell over 100 home per year) then go beg them for the opportunity work with them. Show them that you are hard working, humble AND hungry, confident but not cocky, smart but not a know it all and possess a positive growth mindset. 

Don't waste your time speaking with a Broker / manager ...  The good ones wont have time for you and ther others are past their time in this business.....Find an aggressive, high performing team that is willing to bring you in and mentor you the right way.....This will be your fastest way to success in the real estate business.

Feb 28, 2019 05:24 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

When you interview have them answer these questions, and then make your decision:

1. Do you provide formal training to agents?
2. Is there a program where new agents are mentored by top producers?
3. Are any of my training or class expenses eligible for reimbursement?
4. What is the starting commission split? Does it change with production?
5. Is there a bonus program?
6. What costs am I required to cover?
7. Am I required to have additional auto insurance?
8. Where do you advertise and who pays for it?
9. Are my desired farm areas already taken by other agents in the company?
10. Will I receive a copy of company policies to review?
11. What is the dress code for the office?
12. How many agents are in the company?
13. What is the average gross volume of your agents?
14. What commission does the company typically charge? Am I allowed to offer a lower rate?
15. What is your policy on referrals within the company and to outside agents?
16. Is there any clerical or support assistance available through the company?
17. Do you have regular meetings?
18. Is the environment team-based or individual?
19. Do you handle commercial listings or property management?
20. How many listings does the office typically have?
21. What is the company’s market share?
22. What are your office goals?
23. What are your expectations of me?


Feb 28, 2019 03:03 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

WOW! I couldn't have said it better than Richard L. McKinney P.A. 

Feb 28, 2019 07:24 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

What Richard Weeks said

Feb 28, 2019 05:04 AM
Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT

This question comes up a lot & that's because we all want to start off on the right foot when we enter the business. As a new Agent I'd be looking for something different than an experienced agent would be. I'd look for a Broker who's knowledgeable & willing to share that to help develop you into the best agent you can be. Someone who is well respected in the industry because they may need to go to bat for you one day. Someone who is not competing with you for listings & is dedicated to developing the company & it's agents 1st. Qualities like that. 

Feb 28, 2019 05:27 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

A pulse, a moral compus, and someone who works at least as hard as they want me too.

Feb 28, 2019 12:06 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate


Feb 28, 2019 06:54 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

It depends on the level of experience and competence of the agent.  For newbies, training is the most important:
Be aware, though, that many offices say they provide excellent training and mentorship.  Few actually do.  Do your due diligence before signing up. 

Feb 28, 2019 06:03 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Height and weight.

Those are objective and actually more meaningful than the subjective nonsense newbies are encouraged to explore.


Feb 28, 2019 04:34 AM
Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide

I wouldn't need the training or motivational meetings (I still learn by other means). I would pick one based on name and reputation (not necessarily a major franchise), the availability of the broker to help with the occasional transaction issue or other concern (mostly done by phone or email). Last, but not least, consideration of the split and potential monthly office fees. I suspect your criteria would be totally different.

Feb 28, 2019 03:10 AM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Are you an actively licensed agent in Alabama? 

Feb 28, 2019 12:29 PM
Dan Pittsenbarger
Keller Williams Western Realty - Bellingham, WA
Improving Conditions

I'm not sure I totally duplicate your question. Are you talking about a person choosing a real estate agent (in WA state all re agents are called Brokers) or are you talking about from an agents point of view about what qualities to look for when choosing a brokerage to hang your license with (what office to work at)????

Feb 28, 2019 07:28 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

training and mentoring ....and I'm not looking... 

Feb 28, 2019 06:47 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Anyone can obtain a license. It's the person wielding it and them knowing what to do with it...You will be faced with this dynamic too.  Focus on that

Feb 28, 2019 06:10 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I would interview with many companies, franchises, independent, large and small. Ask what they pay, what they charge and what leads they give you. For me I prefer the smaller offices that train by you having a mentor, go on those appointments, learn from doing, seeing and interacting with real customers. You can only learn so much from a book or computer. Then walk through the their office, do agents work together or against each other? 

Feb 28, 2019 05:00 AM
Peter Mohylsky
PMI. Destin - Miramar Beach, FL

Slow to hire, guick to fire like any employee.

Feb 28, 2019 04:03 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Oh my heavens .... here we go again! 

Feb 28, 2019 08:47 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Select the office that will best meet your personal needs.

Look at the previous answers. This question has been asked many times.

Feb 28, 2019 07:57 AM
Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Coast & Luxury

You’ve received many good answers and advice. Good luck to you. 

Feb 28, 2019 05:29 AM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Thanks for the question that is asked a 1,000 times.  See the answers offered by our fellow rain friends.

Feb 28, 2019 03:08 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

You need additional training after you receive your license. Associate yourself with a broker who provides a course of training that will help you to get started and form the habits to achieve success. A mentor is also a big plus.

Feb 28, 2019 11:21 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Check the archives.

Feb 28, 2019 07:41 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

What Nina said.

Feb 28, 2019 07:36 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

The best ones.

Feb 28, 2019 05:50 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Asked many times.

Mar 09, 2019 10:45 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Chemistry with the managing broker, mentoring program, in house free training. The rest will come!

Mar 04, 2019 04:27 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Someone that will also mentor you.


Mar 03, 2019 08:56 AM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Kate Steven ethical offer good training.

Mar 01, 2019 02:01 PM
Chuck Willman
Utah Homes - Alpine, UT
Utah Homes

Knowledgeable, helpful, and knows how to process a commission check.

Mar 01, 2019 02:44 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Best to have one that excells in Training, Technology, Coaching and Culture like you will find at Keller Williams.  Give me a call when you are ready to learn more.

Feb 28, 2019 09:28 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Interview with KW

Feb 28, 2019 07:18 AM