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John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Trinity Gregor It depends on your needs. A firm should be ethical, and offer good marketing to grow your business.

Feb 13, 2017 04:28 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

What John Pusa & Anna Banana Kruchten said!

Feb 13, 2017 08:11 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Trinity that is a big question.  It really depends on what an agent needs and wants from a broker. If they're brand new they'll need a lot of training and mentoring with a hands on broker. If they're seasoned they may need something entirely different.  What do you want and need?

Feb 13, 2017 04:53 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

See Fred Griffin's answer to the other posting of this Q.

Feb 14, 2017 10:23 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 what you are looking for in a brokerage.  Training, mentoring, team, commission split, etc.

Feb 14, 2017 06:13 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Debe Maxwell nailed this one!

Feb 14, 2017 03:16 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Finding the Broker that shares many of the same values as you do.

Feb 13, 2017 06:30 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Real estate is not one size fits all. Personalities are different too. Know what is important to you and find that perfect match for you.

Feb 13, 2017 06:26 PM
Trinity Gregor
Hunter Rowe - Raleigh, NC
Trinity Gregor

Thanks for the feedback everyone! I am running a boutique firm and am opening our second office.  We have a very uinique model so I was curious what most agents found important when choosing their firm. 


Feb 13, 2017 05:16 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

I'm with Ron and Alexandra Seigel ..everyone is different..what are you looking for?

Feb 13, 2017 04:52 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Like minded, availability of training

Feb 15, 2017 08:11 AM
Michael Elliott
Fathom Realty - Burlington Township, NJ
Residential real estate sales in New Jersey

Senior management must be in touch with the realities of the current marketplace, and offer a website that is second to none.  

Feb 14, 2017 03:53 PM
Joan James
United Realty - Fort Lauderdale, FL
We will help you with your real estate needs!

Does anyone need any list of properties for sale/ investing in South Florida?

Feb 14, 2017 03:38 PM
Myra Ruggiero
Future Home Realty - Tampa, FL
Residential Sales New Homes Military Relocation

Your career depends on your reputation and your legacy is your service to your clients. Make sure any firm your considering partnering with is impeccable in both of these areas!

Feb 14, 2017 02:15 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Select the firm that will best meet your personal needs. Interview with the top producing offices in your area.

Feb 14, 2017 09:06 AM
Rainee Oakes
Gulf Coast Realty Network - Fort Myers, FL
Real Estate Agent serving South West Florida

The most important thing I look for when I chose my real estate firm was a broker that didn't make me feel like she was too busy for my questions and a willingness to teach me what I need to be successful.  



Feb 14, 2017 08:43 AM
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Williston Park, NY
Real Estate agent serving Long Island, NYC

What are their Marketing efforts and How Much they invest in you .

Feb 14, 2017 08:22 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Trinity Gregor Good rapport with the broker and one who has a good mentoring and training program.

Feb 14, 2017 07:25 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Here's the problem Trinity Gregor  the things most suggest a new agent needs to know can not be known sitting across the desk. Those things revealed only after the newbie has cast their fate into the hands of another.

So, what the newbie must focus on is 'WHAT IS KNOWABLE.' That means the facts and nothing but the facts.

1. It begins with YOU, the new agent. Make sure the newbie has completed all the steps in "Getting on the Right Track with your Real Estate Career." 

2. Refer to the profile of the preferred business and be aware of all the background data the RIGHT TRACK guide directed to be gathered.

3. When the recruiters lips stop moving the newbie must ask: "How many licensed agents are in this office?"  Let us use 100 as an example.

4. How many transactions were closed through this office in the past 12 months?  Let us use 1,000 as the answer

5. Do the math. That office averages 10 annual closings per agent.

This is an abysmal, below national average, statistic. It means the training, support, compensation, morale, leadership, infrastructure and vision of this organization IS NOT WORKING to the benefit of the agents. Seriously, what else does one need to know?

But I will provide more.

6. Did the broker/recruiter ask to see the newbies business plan? The default is they will impose theirs or worse, throw the newbie in the deep end and watch as they drown or learn to swim.

7. Did the broker commit in assisting in implementing YOUR business plan?

8. Did the broker commit to getting the new agent engaged in their identified business segment within 30 days?

All of these are KNOWABLE and separate the 'sweet words' offered and the empty promise of 'We got train'n' from the reality of their predatory system.

What will you do?

Fall for the siren song of the broker or hold the broker accountable for the trust they ask of you? Hold them accountable for what they have perpetrated on their current agents?

This is a business. A serious business. Treat it like one.

Be aware, the goal of the industry is to separate you from $12,000 of your savings before you eventually quit. They have a plan. You need to have one also.

Now that you understand what an agent SHOULD be asking, you also see the opportunity to create TRUST, not uncertainty, as the broker commits to the newbie to the same level they require of the recruit.

What do you think one could say about YOUR brokerage is the average was 25 transactions a year per agent. You BET! 

When the important questions (ones they do not know to ask) are answered before they are asked, the outcome is trust.

Be the broker of vision.


Feb 14, 2017 05:36 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

That is very personal to each individual as to what a brokerage offers and what they feel they need or want to help their career.

Feb 14, 2017 03:42 AM
Toronto, ON

Find a brokerage that provides the services you need.

Feb 13, 2017 07:07 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker





   Most important, upon our first sit-down meeting, do I mesh with that Broker, and does that Broker mesh with me?

Feb 13, 2017 06:53 PM
Jerry Murphy, CRS, SRES
Long Realty West Valley - Anthem, AZ
Anthem, Phoenix, and Scottsdale AZ Real Estate

The marketing tools they offer.  I'm not a big techie guy and I don't want to have to reinvent the wheel. So that's big for me.

Feb 13, 2017 05:07 PM
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

For me personally, I became a real estate agent specifically to join the family brokerage I am a part of, so I never had to think about it. 

If you are asking for advice for you: What do you think you need in a broker? Someone to provide you leads? Education, training, mentoring? Desk/office space?  Additional support/transaction coordinating/receptionist?  A high split?  Low fees? There is a brokerage for everything & everyone under the sun based on personal needs and preferences.  You are going to have to first figure out what it is that you want in a broker/brokerage and what is most important to you.  It's not the same for everyone. 

Feb 13, 2017 04:33 PM
John Meussner
Mortgages in AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, 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

In a completely different aspect, when choosing real estate partners to work with I look for a) people I like, b) people I trust, c) people that do outstanding work, and d) people looking to grow 

Feb 13, 2017 04:10 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What is important to one, may not be important to you.  We all have different preferences. What are yours?

Feb 13, 2017 04:03 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

You will now it when you see it. Your first place should be educational and motivating with a positive culture.

Feb 13, 2017 03:29 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Where and who do you want to work with. Ask around about training and splits..

Feb 13, 2017 03:26 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Make a list of what you need from a broker, and then interview several of them.

Feb 13, 2017 03:21 PM