Paul S.  Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker! (Fathom Realty Washington LLC)

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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Paul great question, for the past six or seven years all I do is go and show up for the meetings and periodically meet a Foreign Client who is "old School" and wants to meet me in the office... so to answer it I do not care... but on a side note I am not a big fan of these "open floor plan" concepts. give me cubicles, private offices etc. hope this helps, Endre

May 07, 2018 11:43 PM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

The "office" concept whether in real estate or the "real world" has evolved/is evolving --- many of my clients have never been to my bricks/mortar building where I still maintain a presence and where I still go.  That said, I would like to see more client meering/conference rooms or flex spaces that could accommodate those times when those rare meetings need to occur.  Overall...not a big deal for me.

May 08, 2018 03:48 AM
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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!

I only go to my office to drop off EMD checks, meet clients and check my mail. I have no complaints about my office meeting those 3 needs at all!

May 08, 2018 05:45 AM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Switching to an outdoor office, perhaps at the beach would do the job

May 08, 2018 04:40 AM
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Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT
PETER TESTA

We've got a nice office in downtown Bethel, CT. It's right in the heart of a walkable village. There's a homemade Ice Cream Shop in the back of the building, a huge parking lot that always has spaces and a front porch you can meet with clients on in the summer. Inside, it's a trendy, cool loft. There's an open desk policy but never a lack of desks. We have 2 Conference Spaces. It has all the things an office would need- wifi, a bathroom & even a Kitchen. I almost feel bad that I am rarely there. I am happy to meet my new recruits there though, the office is definitely a plus. (I am not the Broker)

May 08, 2018 04:04 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

As Chief Operating Officer of a team of 30 and growing quickly in an open office environment the first and essential step is to educate the team members to respect others working and keep the noise and interruptions to a minimum.

May 08, 2018 05:21 AM
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

I do spend time in my office, can't think of anything to improve.

May 08, 2018 04:57 AM
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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Since I don't go into the office more than once or twice a month and rarely am in there for longer than 10-15 minutes (unless I'm using a conference room to meet a client), I don't care and they need do nothing for me in this regard. We actually moved into new space this past December... it's lovely and our reception area and office admins are lovely, as well. The best part is that it's four doors down from where I get my nails done... so I can often kill two birds with one stone.

May 08, 2018 04:06 AM
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Ritu Desai 703-625-4949
Samson Properties - Ashburn, VA
Northern Virginia,Washington DC & Maryland Realtor

Likewise I use to have an office space until our office started charging $$$ a month. With everything automated, I work pretty much from home or on the road.  If a client wants to meet in the office I rent a temporary space.

 

What should change, offering print services, a shop to purchase real estate merchandise and a productive meeting.

 

May 08, 2018 03:53 AM
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Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

The negative we have is the noise in the space.  We are trying to mitigate it right now by putting in more sound machines.

May 08, 2018 12:44 PM
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Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent
BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS REAL ESTATE SIGNATURE SERVICE - Mississauga, ON
REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results!

I don't spend much time in the office any more as I have a home office... I go there to attend meetings, or sometmes to meet clients.  The environment in the office is great, very welcoming and friendly, ethical and honest agents always willing to help one another.. no back stabbing... 

May 08, 2018 05:29 AM
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Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate Agent Retired

I think it needs a remodel so I don't spend time there at all.

May 08, 2018 05:27 AM
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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

Well, I recently smudged and blessed my office!
LOLLL!

May 08, 2018 04:21 AM
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Maria Sapio
Keller Williams of Central PA - Carlisle, PA
Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA. Mariasapio.com

I work from home and only pop into my office to check my mailbox and very rarely for any needful meetings or appointments.

May 08, 2018 04:16 AM
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James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Our business model was designed to have the agent work out of their home.  State law requires we have a brick and mortar.  I'm there everyday except for Saturday and Sunday.  Can't think of anything we could do to improve the office environment

May 08, 2018 03:18 AM
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Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
MOOERS REALTY - Houlton, ME
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

The "office" is wherever you are and more folks work remotely, don't have the standard sticks and bricks wrapped around them. Meet me at the property, we make house calls happening. Today's agents have to reach out and deliver to the buyers and not hide out in the office. Get rid of the water cooler if too much time is spent at that watering hole. Head out and circulate.

May 08, 2018 03:16 AM
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Steven Nickens
Wailea Realty - Wailea, HI
R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii

We have a nice office in Wailea, but I like working at my kitchen table.

May 08, 2018 02:01 AM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Our brokerage just moved to a new office and everyone now works at home. There are conference rooms for meetings and clients. I rarely go to the office except tp pick up mail and occasionally meet clients there.

May 08, 2018 07:06 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I spend more time working from home..... but here I am today in the office!!! it's a great work environment...

May 08, 2018 07:02 AM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

My office environment is perfect for me. No distractions. It is quiet. I spend enough time in my office to complete what needs to be done in a day, and more. 

May 08, 2018 05:54 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

As a one man show, my office is where I am conducting business.

May 08, 2018 05:53 AM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

That a great question! 

Even though 'One thing' questions are always invalid, I will play along anyway.

To improve the WORK ENVIRONMENT?

Well brokers have already chased agents away from the office so "work environment' is directly connected to the space the agent created, in their home or local coffee shop. The broker can say, "Mission accomplished."

In the office whether at home or under the broker banner, it is not the environment that needs improved, but the PURPOSE.

AR are agents or overwhelmingly of the mindset they are doing everything right. So who needs the office?

However, a visionary broker knows that penetrating this screen means disrupting the delusional peace these agents have created.  It takes courage to disturb the peace of a bunch of real estate agents.

But for those who can be inspired, the broker should create the environment that allows 'seeking agents' to confront their fears or what they are running from.  IN so doing the fabric that binds together those of shared purpose become stronger.

 

 

 

May 08, 2018 05:36 AM
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Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Muffle the cackler's and because of this, I work at home!

May 08, 2018 05:36 AM
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Lesley Wilson-VanGoethem
Innovative Realty Solutions Group - Winter Springs, FL
Residential Real Estate Broker Associate

In 5 years I can count the time ive gone to the office on both hands..

 

May 08, 2018 05:32 AM
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Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

My time at the office is negligible & infrequent however, if there was one thing I could do to improve the environment it would be to "zap" those who chat too much so that they leave.  HA!

May 08, 2018 04:46 AM
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J.R. Schloemer, CRS
Kentucky Select Properties - Louisville, KY

We have 2, 3, or 4 agents in each office, think having a bit more privacy for conversations. I rarely go in the office to work. It is typically a 15-60 minute pop-in to use the printers and and scanners.

May 08, 2018 04:45 AM
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John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN

I like the environment of working with other agents with whom we can share ideas, answers, and render assistance…etc. Sometimes it is overly noisy but not often. We have private rooms available when needed. We are working among friends.

I work at my office 70% of the time. At home otherwise.

May 08, 2018 03:28 PM
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

A bunch of agents yepping  1%, 2%, 3%....  64 offers all rejected...

May 08, 2018 01:53 PM
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Chrissi Chapman Topoleski
Coldwell Banker Realty - Woodbridge, VA
Passionate about helping others achieve success!

I work out of the office twice a week- there is no one here! I have a diffuser going with nice fragrance, great music, and a good attitude when I come. Not sure anyone could do anything more for me other than stock the fridge with my favorite ice cream and buy me lunch! 

May 08, 2018 12:28 PM
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Caroline Gerardo
Sun West Mortgage Corporation - Newport Beach, CA
C. G. Barbeau the Loan Lady nmls 324982

Lunch in the breakroom, everyone will be in the office

May 08, 2018 11:56 AM
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Make more money so that I (the broker) can hire cleaning and not do cleaning. LOL

May 08, 2018 11:41 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Paul,

We agree with Michael Jacobs 

May 08, 2018 09:48 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I do not work out of the main office.  I only use it to meet clients.

May 08, 2018 08:37 AM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

With mobile phones allowing one such freedoms...who can complain?

May 08, 2018 07:48 AM
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

The office is not a concern to me any longer but when it was I needed a conference room able to hold 6 to 8 people comfortably. Cramped quarters in this regard was a detriment. Oh, and great coffee is a must!

May 08, 2018 07:02 AM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

The work environment is fine as is.

May 08, 2018 06:52 AM
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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

  I have worked from home since 1993.   So  N/A

May 08, 2018 06:40 AM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Since my wife and I work out of our home I wouldn't change a thing. I also don't miss the drama of a office as well as the useless time wasters called office meetings. Just an opinion.

May 08, 2018 05:56 AM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

No.

May 08, 2018 05:48 AM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

The old office I belong to for years, was not worth it that why I left and work at home.

 

May 13, 2018 10:22 AM
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Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

I'm rarely there

May 13, 2018 08:29 AM
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Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Santa Clarita & Aliso Viejo

When I first started with my present comany the owners provided fruit in the break room.  I thought that this was incredibly classy and showed that they cared about us and our health.  This ended shortly afterwards.  I thought that for seven bucks a day it was a good idea.  No I am not in the office much anymore.

May 11, 2018 12:34 PM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I go once every couple of weeks to pick up any mail, so would not matter.

May 10, 2018 01:33 PM
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Evelyn M Epperson
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Johns Creek, GA
A Tradition Of [Excellence, Trust & Service]

I have never been in my Brokers office.  I work from home and there has never been a need to go there.

May 09, 2018 05:25 PM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS, - good question.

I'd suggest more complimentary service for transaction coordination allowing agents to focus on generating leads.

May 08, 2018 09:34 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

My home is my office and the only thing I can think of is getting rid of the lady that shares the residence with me

May 08, 2018 07:35 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

My office is full of positive energy, and that is about all I need.  If I do need anything else I just bring it in.

May 08, 2018 05:58 PM