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Rainmaker
1,723,576
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

If you wish to completely own your destiny.

Dec 06, 2015 08:31 AM
Rainmaker
1,466,207
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Debbie Reynolds The best reason is the public understands and knows what a broker is. A Broker is perceived as knowing more than an agent and lends credibility to the industry in the eyes of the client. 

Dec 06, 2015 07:54 AM
Ambassador
3,847,737
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

The best reason for having your broker's license is job security. You can always go out on your own.

Dec 06, 2015 10:14 AM
Rainmaker
7,802,414
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I needed to be a broker to open my own office.

Dec 06, 2015 08:47 AM
Rainmaker
617,935
David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential

Debbie,
You mean other than wealth, fame and groupies? Oh, maybe in my next career. I like helping people and the flexibility to run my business the way I want to.

Dec 06, 2015 07:40 AM
Rainmaker
1,659,336
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI have this one.  No regrets here. 

Dec 06, 2015 10:49 PM
Rainmaker
2,538,633
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Debbie. At the time that I got it, it had more to do with my wanting the knowledge and then it turned into a career.

Dec 06, 2015 05:46 PM
Rainmaker
2,172,863
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Do it now before your state makes it harder to obtain !

Dec 06, 2015 06:13 AM
Rainmaker
1,358,019
Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Homes & Interiors

In Florida it is 72 hours plus 60 hrs post licensing. That's an additional 132 hrs of education which I felt was extremely important to have that additional education and broker level knowledge. I also like having the option of opening my own brokerage if I ever decided to do so.

Dec 06, 2015 05:48 AM
Rainmaker
653,640
Jeffrey Jones
AZ Home Seekers - San Tan Valley, AZ
AZ Home Seekers, azhomeseekers.com

Even as an associate broker within a large company it gives the agent that added leverage that they could go out on their own. in a word it provides options.

Dec 06, 2015 05:20 AM
Rainmaker
5,852,593
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

We are all brokers in Colorado, but to get your Managing Broker license requires a 3 day admin class.   I got it when I decided to MAYBE bring on another agent.

Dec 06, 2015 11:17 PM
Rainmaker
3,071,489
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

I like what Michael Setunsky said.  That's why we both have our Brokers license.

Dec 06, 2015 10:12 PM
Rainmaker
3,415,644
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

To control your future, boost income and freedom. 

Dec 06, 2015 09:33 PM
Rainmaker
4,859,376
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

More reconigition from the public over GRI, ABR etc.

Dec 06, 2015 09:33 PM
Rainmaker
3,626,524
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR

I got mine just to have the knowledge and also if I don't like working for anyone I can open up my own office.  Priceless  

Dec 06, 2015 07:48 PM
Rainmaker
5,096,966
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I've always had a broker's license, but here in NC we are an "all broker" state, which requires all licensees to become full-fledged brokers within two years of getting their licenses and being provisional brokers. It reduces liability for brokerage firms that way.

Dec 06, 2015 07:40 PM
Rainmaker
1,619,916
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I still debate about it. At the moment, I do not see any advantages for my situation. 

Dec 06, 2015 02:41 PM
Rainmaker
699,277
Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

The only reason would be if you decided to open a brokerage or get a job as the managing broker.

Dec 06, 2015 01:45 PM
Rainmaker
2,707,721
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

More control over your business decisions...

Dec 06, 2015 12:58 PM
Rainmaker
1,683,862
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

A great way to meet some great people, make friends, some forever,  help make dreams come true and make a living at the same time.

Dec 06, 2015 12:12 PM
Rainmaker
2,443,200
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

It is mandatory in Indiana.  There are no salespeople anymore.

Dec 06, 2015 11:26 AM
Ambassador
3,727,581
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@Properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

When I got mine, I actually learned a lot of useful stuff while fulfilling all of the educational requirement.  Also, here it's required if you are ever want to open your own shop or (in DC at least) manage a branch office for a multi-office firm.

Dec 06, 2015 10:44 AM
Rainmaker
1,712,551
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

More extensive real estate education is always good and of course to open your own brokerage.

Dec 06, 2015 10:40 AM
Rainmaker
2,352,880
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I don t think there actually are many reasons and I have one. 

Dec 06, 2015 10:11 AM
Rainmaker
2,224,473
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I think it depends on the business model a person would follow after getting their broker license. If someone is going to run a one man office I can see a lot of advantages...like making more money and following your OWN office policy. If someone is going to take on other agents, then there is a lot more to this and you have to make sure you can supervise your agents and manage the office. 

In Colorado we have what's called single licensing. All agents start off as brokers, but have to spend two years being supervised by a managing or employing broker. After that an agent can take a test and become their own broker for their own company. There is more education required if the broker wants to take on other agents. 

Dec 06, 2015 09:16 AM
Rainmaker
3,986,196
William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

The course for Brokers license will give yo a great idea if you know as much as you think you do.   It iwll also give you an idea if you want to be a BVroker in the future

Dec 06, 2015 07:52 AM
Rainmaker
443,220
Cindy Davis
SD Home Source Realty - San Diego, CA

I have cherished my broker's license. First and foremost, it increases your bottom line if you choose to use your own license (vs. hang it with a company). I also like not having to send me paperwork out for signing and review. Lastly, I get to decide what type of business I want to run as opposed to someone else telling me what's acceptable and what's not.

Dec 06, 2015 07:42 AM
Rainmaker
2,776,891
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I can be flexible and in this business...that makes a big difference

Dec 06, 2015 07:36 AM
Rainmaker
1,525,616
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

I have been considering getting it.  I think it gives you a higher level of credibility with consumers.  I have no desire to be a managing broker though.

Dec 06, 2015 06:48 AM
Rainmaker
5,772,353
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

It is a good idea to have it, if you want to start your own company. A

Dec 06, 2015 06:46 AM
Rainmaker
1,432,649
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

To have control over your own work and keep 100% of what you earn.  When I worked for other brokers I found I was getting no support, no leads, and yet I was paying them.  If I was getting leads or valuable support I would have stayed an agent. 

Dec 14, 2015 03:41 AM
Rainmaker
461,963
Katina Hargrove 352-551-0308
Stake Your Land Realty, Inc. - Eustis, FL
Broker/Owner, SFR®, e-PRO®, GRI, AHWD, REALTOR®

Fly SOLO:)

Dec 07, 2015 09:11 PM
Rainer
150,416
Michael Thacker - Re/Max Real Estate Center - Louisville
Re/Max Real Estate Center - The Thacker Group - Louisville, KY
Your best friend who just happens to be a Realtor

To know that I can. That is the only designation that I plan to get, none of the other alphabet. 

Dec 06, 2015 06:40 AM
Rainer
231,224
Mike Rock
Complete Design - Granite Bay, CA
Granite Bay Luxury New Construction...For Less

you dont like to sell, or arent good at it, but u love managing people, teaching, training and good at paper work..

Dec 06, 2015 06:28 AM
Rainmaker
1,513,143
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

To show you are one of the best.

Dec 06, 2015 06:04 AM
Ambassador
2,169,243
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

"Options" is probably the best answer. 

Honestly, I never wanted my Broker's license until I was, essentially, forced to open my own business... because no office here would let me do property management.   Property management income ended up saving me during the crash.

The broker license does come with an additional expectation (legally) of competence.  No-one ever expects to get sued but it does happen.  The broker license is a disadvantage in that scenario.  

Dec 06, 2015 06:03 AM
Rainmaker
634,482
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

I did it last year. Definitely learned a lot, well worth the time and expense.

Dec 06, 2015 05:56 AM
Rainer
80,653
Linda Guess
Keller Williams Tri-Lakes Branson, MO - Branson, MO
Branson area real estate sales.

I think there is more respect given to an agent that is a broker.  I first got my brokers license when my brokers health was bad.  I knew I could step in at a moments notice if necessary.

Dec 06, 2015 05:43 AM
Ambassador
6,364,089
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Not sure that there is much of an advantage other than the extra education.

Dec 18, 2017 10:16 PM
Rainmaker
979,496
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Debbie - I have been considering getting my brokers license for a while, but I have no plans on going out on my own.

Dec 08, 2015 10:29 AM
Rainmaker
898,478
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

This is a two-stage process: you can have your broker license and continue to work under another broker. In this case, the additional education required to get the license should be beneficial. For marketing, it makes little difference sometimes as clients often do not differentiate between agent and broker. It does contrubute to a sense of independence and self-confidence when presenting yourself. Second stage is if you want to start your own company, then the broker license will give you the flexibility to do so and run your own show.

Dec 08, 2015 01:53 AM
Rainmaker
977,386
Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker
Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd. - Lehigh Valley, PA
The Broker with horse sense and no horsing around

I am in the process of obtaining my Broker license.  I have all the credits I need now and all I have to do now is study and take the exam.  The reason I am getting it because of more knowledge.  It also shows more credibility to consumers.  This also give me the option to open my own firm in the future if I wish.

Dec 07, 2015 09:51 PM
Rainer
67,369
Evelyn M Epperson
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Johns Creek, GA
A Tradition Of [Excellence, Trust & Service]

I have not come up with a good reason to be a broker yet after 31 years as an agent.  I do not want the reponsiblility.

Dec 07, 2015 06:11 AM
Rainmaker
4,800,082
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

If one wants to start their own brokerage would be my best reason, Debbie.

Dec 07, 2015 03:00 AM
Rainmaker
761,333
Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo

Debbie Reynolds I have all of the requirements to take the broker's exam and had them completed by 1999.  The real estate market was red hot so I never took the exam.  The word has been that in the future all Realtors will need to have a Broker's License to be a Realtor.  I'm looking into taking the Broker's Exam for self pride.  That is the number one reason but it will help promoting myself to clients in the future once it has been attained.

Dec 07, 2015 12:56 AM
Rainmaker
5,583,178
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I got mine in 1978 and that's what I applied for....very few opted for a salesman's license....now there's no choice.... and it's probably for the best!! you'd only need it if you wanted to open an office.....

Dec 07, 2015 12:48 AM
Rainmaker
4,558,684
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

For those who don't want to work under another broker, this is the only option.   

Dec 06, 2015 11:46 PM
Rainmaker
4,316,509
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Oh, I think it's very interesting what Evelyn wrote about Indiana!

Dec 06, 2015 10:12 PM
Rainmaker
921,504
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

The consumer associates a higher level of skill/experience when broker appears after the name. The rest of the alphabet soup does not produce the same result.

Of course, with a brokers license you are just one good attorney away from opening your own shop and commanding your destiny.

Dec 06, 2015 09:11 PM
Rainmaker
4,434,127
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I wish I had got it. I did not see any reason to get the broker license and now  I wish I had.

Dec 06, 2015 09:04 PM
Rainmaker
5,197,759
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Flexibility! Have had an Illinois Broker's license since the 70's and got one in Florida in the early 90's. The licenses have opened doors!

Dec 06, 2015 08:32 PM
Rainer
274,059
Curtis Evans
Cabin Realty LLC/ USA, Licensed in Louisiana - Golden Meadow, LA

To better control your own destiny !!

Dec 06, 2015 07:45 PM
Rainmaker
4,272,524
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Inspirational coach and baby sitter. I've thought about it because I love to build teams.

Dec 06, 2015 03:49 PM
Rainmaker
1,047,795
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

You need empowerment, and your broker is not available/interested in being there for you.

Dec 06, 2015 08:42 AM
Rainmaker
1,237,945
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

A protest about high commission and wish the option to own a brokerage.

Dec 06, 2015 05:38 AM
Rainmaker
4,319,419
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Debbie Reynolds I think it's for mental satisfaction - and if you have desire to open the brokerage yourself , it is handy.

I think that seems to be the only difference between salesperson and broker in MA - to best of my knowledge.

Dec 06, 2015 05:16 AM