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Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT
PETER TESTA

I meet sellers at their homes. I meet buyers at the properties. I don't take anyone to the office to sign paperwork BUT I like knowing I have an office because clients expect you to.

Feb 21, 2020 05:02 PM
Rainmaker
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Diana Zaccaro
Tropical Beachside brokered by eXp - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

I have done both and prefer a traditional brick and mortar setup for many reasons. While I frequently meet a client in a public place, it is usually after having the initial meeting in the office. Most of my clients are either over a certain age or from out of town/state and they like the sense of permanence that an office environment provides. I currently work from home and it has it pluses and minuses. I think it all comes down to what works for you and what your clients are comfortable with.

Feb 21, 2020 04:04 PM
Rainmaker
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Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Orlando, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers

There was a time when you had to have a "real" office, as it was considered unprofessional not to have one.

Today it is no longer required...

Look at all the people that work from home for a company or the large amount of  RE franchise offices that look like they are closed because no one is there.

Times have changed.  I meet most of my clients at their hotel or a coffee shop...to me it is not embarassing, it is just conducting business.

Eve

 

Feb 21, 2020 02:25 PM
Rainmaker
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

There are no shortages of business models.  Finding the right fit for YOU is important. 

Feb 21, 2020 12:42 PM
Rainmaker
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Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

I've worked in broker-provided office space and in my own home. Much prefer my own home. I can meet clients at coffee shops - there are plenty in the area. In broker provided space there are way too many distractions - at least in my opinion!

Feb 21, 2020 06:21 PM
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Anna Banana Kruchten Broker, CRB, CRS
HomeSmart International - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Do what works best for you.  I've done both and either was fine for me.

Feb 21, 2020 03:05 PM
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I live in rural America.  My town doesn't have a coffee shop.  We mostly work from offices although a few work from home and meet people at the first house they showing.  I don't feel that's safe so my agents don't do that.

Feb 21, 2020 02:40 PM
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

If you broker doesn't offer you a desk they usually have a free conference room at least.

Actually it's a good idea to pick a place that is quiet enough for you to meet clients & have them feel comfortable.

I do not have a desk per se, but I have 4 rooms available for clients at my office. I don't know how many years it is now but it doesn't bother me at all. If you get distracted at home, you'll have to figure something out.

Feb 21, 2020 02:12 PM
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Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
Helping you find your way home.

There is no right or wrong answer here.  You need to do what works best for you.  While I rarely see clients in the office anymore... I like the idea of having one... and being able to share time, and swap stories with colleagues.

But that may not be the best choice for you.

Feb 21, 2020 12:50 PM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

To each his own - different strokes for different folks. 

What is your preference?

Feb 21, 2020 11:21 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

Whenever possible I like to meet at one of our offices, more professional and nice to be able to project my monitor up on the big screen for the client to see.

Feb 21, 2020 07:10 PM
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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

Me in 1999-2015: A REALTOR working in traditional Brokerage supplied office space VS

Me in 2020 and loving it!!!

A REALTOR affiliated w/Broker not providing office space and meeting customers at coffee shops. No one wants to or expects to meet in "my office" in 2020-San Diego, CA. 

Feb 21, 2020 05:28 PM
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Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

I haven't had bricks and mortar since 2007.

Working for a large brokerage and being vulnerable to both consumers I would not choose to deal with, and other agents in the mix, LOL . . . and after having my own bricks and mortar with the only walk ins solicitors and tire kickers . . . our clients always dealt with us electronically and remotely. . .  

I do not miss those days and can much more effectively use my time without distractions I didn't anticipate or welcome. Boutique office, appointment only, I work in cyberspace/anywhere/your place if need be.

Feb 21, 2020 03:33 PM
Rainmaker
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Francine Viola
Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA - Olympia, WA
REALTOR®, In Tune with your Real Estate Needs

I prefer an office over a public space.  You are talking about potentially personal and confidential information that you don't need other people to hear.  I'm fortunate to have an office but switching to a firm that doesn't offer that would be a hardship for me.

Feb 21, 2020 02:59 PM
Rainmaker
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Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Agents are mobile and can make appointments work at a variety of locations. Just keep safety procedures in mind.

Feb 21, 2020 02:22 PM
Rainmaker
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

That would NOT work for me. I'm a traditionalist.

Feb 21, 2020 01:48 PM
Rainmaker
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

You find what works and then you refine what works...its subjective

Feb 21, 2020 12:56 PM
Rainmaker
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

It depends,

Whatever works for you is the best model. A

Feb 21, 2020 12:53 PM
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John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

It depends on the real estate agent and the brokerage.

Feb 21, 2020 02:48 PM
Rainmaker
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Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Virtual is better for Experienced Agents than newbie

Feb 22, 2020 06:02 AM
Rainmaker
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Alan May has this one covered. Different strokes for different folks!

Feb 22, 2020 05:12 AM
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Greg Cremia
Shore Realty of the Outer Banks - Nags Head, NC

Been virtual for 13 years and never met anyone in a public place. We meet sellers at their homes, buyers at their homes or pick them up at their hotel if they are from out of town. We were skeptical at first but iurns out they all appreciate not having to drive out of their way to get to an office for no reason other than to stroke an agents ego. Clients come first.

Another benefit is not having to pay $42k a year for office space.

Feb 22, 2020 04:55 AM
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

What's an office and why is it deemed of any importance?  

I've never had a client meet me in any office.  I meet sellers at the property they are selling and buyers at a property they want to see. If more than one property buyers usually load into my car for the tour of remaining properties and I return them to their car when the tour is completed.  I've even picked up buyers at their residence and started the tour from their home. 

Feb 22, 2020 07:57 AM
Rainmaker
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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 / Property Manager

I've done both. I always had a home office and never spent much time in the "real" office when I was affiliated. I have worked while traveling across the U.S. and other countries. It can be done from anywhere these days. It's a matter of setting up your business to work with your model.

Feb 22, 2020 07:16 AM
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Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

I've been with my Brokerage for more than 6 years and I have never once stepped foot in it (it is 3.5 hours away from me!)  I attend my Sellers homes and when I rarely meet with Buyers, it is at the properties we're viewing.  Not once has this been questioned.  We have 1 coffee shop in my town and the one time I met clients there, the entire shop attempted to listen to the "stranger" in town, trying to place them and figure out why they were there, lol.  No thank you! 

Feb 22, 2020 07:06 AM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

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Feb 21, 2020 12:21 PM
Rainmaker
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I prefer a professional office setting. 

However, I have always maintained a home office as well.

Feb 22, 2020 11:03 AM
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

To early to to tell because it has only been a week...

Feb 22, 2020 02:36 PM
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Anthony Kirlew
Group 46:10 Network @ eXp Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Helping You Make Fiscally Sound Choices

How often do you bring buyers and sellers to the office anyhow? Most people prefer to meet at their home and many of them even sign closing docs at home now.

I recently joined EXP Realty and my team has an office, plus EXP provides free access to Regus offices around the country. That being said, I have not brought anyone to the office yet as I meet my sellers at their home typically. If it is a buyer who I have not met personally, I would meet them at my office, but if they wanted to do something casual like a coffee shop, I would not mind.

Feb 22, 2020 08:06 AM