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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Is the Broker available, approachable and supportive? If not, what then?

Jun 29, 2016 09:32 AM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

You want a broker that will offer a good training or mentorship program. 

Jun 29, 2016 09:19 AM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

He or she should be a good listener, involved, not competing (in other words one that does not list and sell) and a good manager who has a record of agents staying with the firm.

Jun 29, 2016 09:01 AM
Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

Everyone below has excellent replies to your question Melinda Campo.  I definitely looked for support - our broker does monthly classes on Presentations to Sellers and Presentations to Buyers, and is always going over Sample Agreements.  We also have a Weekly Staff Meeting, and occasional social activities.  We also have Floor/Phone Duty where you have the opportunity to get new clients, either walk-ins or over the phone.  Anytime you have a question, you just send off a message and get a quick reply back, and you can always walk into our broker's office and chat with him.  Best of Luck - you can do it!! 

Jun 30, 2016 12:32 AM
Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

That is a great question. That is a personal choice. I want to know they have my back and that the offer a fixed fee per transaction.

Jun 29, 2016 11:30 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Honesty, knowledge and chemistry!

Jun 29, 2016 10:44 PM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

Integrity, training offered, quick response time, broad knowledge.

Jun 29, 2016 06:50 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 should be light weight if I'm going to work under them. 

I look for all the things I can't do in them and access/support-they need to be local and have an open door policy. My broker lives in San Diego, my brokerage spends in San Diego-local dollars stay local.

Jun 29, 2016 05:57 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I changed a broker recently and was looking for the one that is local, has a physical office, has advanced technologies and prompt agent support( if I need it), and of course, who offered me terms I wanted. A personal interview was also very important. So far, so good. I respect my broker as a person and trust his expertize.

Jun 29, 2016 04:12 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

great communication skills, keeps up with technology, new law informed and available to agents regularly

Jun 29, 2016 02:31 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

It must be someone who is available, approachable, willing to provide training and mentoring, and supportive

Jun 29, 2016 02:15 PM
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

The answer to this question will depend on the individual and their level of experience.  New agents need more support, mentoring and training than more experienced agents.  

Jun 29, 2016 12:27 PM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

I can't answer that.  My wife is my Managing Broker, so I don't have a choice.  It's a good thing she is exceptional.

Jun 29, 2016 12:23 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Honesty and mentorship. Is it someone that has time to show you the ropes or is there a training program in place. 

Jun 29, 2016 10:44 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

What kind of support will they offer?  Will you see them on a regular basis? 

And of course, what is the split?  What is expected of you?   Is there mandatory floor time, or weekly sales meetings?

Will you be expected to produce a certain dollar volume, or have X number of listings over a given time?

Jun 29, 2016 08:55 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

 Hi Melinda -- I looked at your profile and you have an impressive background.   My suggestion is to interview prospective brokerages and look for the right match when it comes to training and whatever support you need. 

Good luck.  

Jul 04, 2016 07:19 AM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Melinda - You need to figure out what you want from a broker; hands on, training, available to answer all your questions, ability to work on your own, work from home, work with a team, and find the broker that fits your needs. Then, of course you need to discuss the expenses and commission split.

Jul 02, 2016 05:31 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

two very important offerings.... training and mentoring after the training!!!

Jun 30, 2016 02:15 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Looks like you received plenty of good answers.

Jun 29, 2016 10:28 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

A good reputation, a record of success and many highly productive agents.

Jun 29, 2016 10:07 PM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

Commission split - must have a cap so they're not "taking" from me endlessly and offering little in return

Jun 29, 2016 10:00 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

What Sybil Campbell said...

Jun 29, 2016 09:39 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

It is good to work for a Broker who can either mentor you when you statr or recommend someone in the office.

Jun 29, 2016 09:14 PM
Andrey Sokurec
Homestead Road - Minneapolis, MN
Owner at Homestead Road a leading house buyer MN

What kind of support and mentorship program they offer!!

Jun 29, 2016 07:17 PM
Toronto, ON

Where the broker provides the services I need.

Jun 29, 2016 05:02 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Melinda Campo - to begin with, support, training, mentor-ship, proper guidance.

And later on, split.

Jun 29, 2016 04:24 PM
CA COASTAL ESTATES Lauren Selinsky Perez CRS
California Coastal Estates - Aliso Viejo, CA
"Your Real Estate Broker" #oclauren

Before we opened our own firm, I wanted a Broker that was supportive when a legal matter would come up. Are they available? Or will they skip town to Cancun sipping margaritas on the beach and not show up to court? You have to know. We have agents nationwide that call us for answers all the time. We wonder, where's your Broker? Why aren't  you asking them?

Jun 29, 2016 01:16 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

I wrote this last year, and it might help you in your search - Choose Your First Broker Very Carefully!

Jun 29, 2016 12:59 PM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Very important question and several good answers.  See Sam Shueh comments.

Jun 29, 2016 12:52 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Suggest you ask these active rainers in your neighborhood.

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Jun 29, 2016 10:16 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Melinda Campo One that has a good mentoring and training program.

Jun 29, 2016 10:04 AM