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Rainmaker
1,233,159
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

That's an odd question to ask a site populated by independent contractors aka entrepreneurs. 

May 31, 2018 04:42 AM
Rainmaker
4,123,305
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

The reason I entered this profession was not to go back being an employee.

May 31, 2018 03:32 AM
Rainmaker
762,647
Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

After two layoffs, I'll take being an independent contractor! 

May 31, 2018 04:01 AM
Rainmaker
5,571,934
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I can't imagine having a "real job"....

May 31, 2018 04:29 AM
Rainmaker
455,746
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

Independent is the way to go if you have the motivation & structure to succeed. It is not for everyone; some need the security of a steady pay check and in the case of some company owner's they need the security of the franchise instead of being independent.

May 31, 2018 03:46 AM
Ambassador
3,058,497
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

That ship sailed for me many years ago ... there is no turning back.  

IC for me ... I love being the captain of my own ship.  

May 31, 2018 07:56 AM
Ambassador
4,260,058
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Independent contractor, hands down!

May 31, 2018 05:34 AM
Rainmaker
1,891,881
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I agree with Nina Hollander - I've been an employee, and while being able to receive a paycheck and benefits whether you're working, sick or on vacation is an amazing thing, there are way too many constraints as an employee on what you do and how.

I'd much rather be an independent contractor.

May 31, 2018 03:51 AM
Rainmaker
1,926,309
Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Independent contractor

May 31, 2018 07:55 AM
Rainmaker
684,915
Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT
PETER TESTA

Having done both, I can objectively say that I am happy with my present occupation- IC. 

May 31, 2018 05:46 AM
Rainmaker
4,103,751
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Paul --- I have been an employee in other fields but am classified technically as an independent contractor in real estate---I do wonder how long this designation for me will last or be an option--- it's worth pondering in our always changing/evolving world.  

May 31, 2018 04:30 AM
Rainmaker
2,024,200
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

I'm a lousy employee !

May 31, 2018 07:36 AM
Rainmaker
4,799,501
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I'm happy being an independent contractor.

May 31, 2018 06:39 AM
Rainmaker
4,215,663
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

The preference for me is as an independent contractor. The debate has been going on for years. The details of qualification go beyond your written agreement to the facts of control.

May 31, 2018 06:05 AM
Rainmaker
1,231,599
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Just pay me!

May 31, 2018 05:48 AM
Rainmaker
889,337
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

I aspire to be a postal worker or comptroller.

Then the phone rings and I awake to the real world.

I prefer to define the steps my future takes.

May 31, 2018 05:47 AM
Rainmaker
3,331,953
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Looking Back at 32 years of real estate how i would have loved to be an employee, have paid vacation and a 401k with company match. I do love the Independence of am independent contractor

May 31, 2018 05:32 AM
Rainmaker
1,723,705
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate Agent Retired

An IC but sometimes I think that the lines are blurred. We should really read up on the differences & then remind the owners of your company of our status when they require your presence at meetings.

May 31, 2018 04:48 AM
Rainmaker
1,405,049
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Independent, but the Honey Do List never seems to end!

May 31, 2018 04:18 AM
Rainmaker
6,614,423
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Independent contractor.

May 31, 2018 08:33 AM
Rainmaker
611,266
Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Orlando, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers

I would not make a good employee...

Eve

May 31, 2018 07:53 AM
Ambassador
4,583,119
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I like my current status after years in the corporate world.

May 31, 2018 07:31 AM
Rainmaker
1,154,075
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Most young agents these days want to get paid immediately. They work for a company that pays salary. In our area, the new agents ask do you have stock option or insurance?  The experienced ones do better strike on their own.

Real top agents work as a broker-associates or independent contractor. Often the commission is capped.  

May 31, 2018 07:12 AM
Rainmaker
710,004
Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

Independent contractor by far. Have not been an employee... as far as I can remember, eons ago.

May 31, 2018 07:02 AM
Rainmaker
895,785
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Naw. I'll keep Golden Faerie Goddess Boss!

May 31, 2018 06:29 AM
Rainmaker
2,642,412
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Both have served me well...

May 31, 2018 06:28 AM
Rainmaker
846,325
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

IC

May 31, 2018 06:08 AM
Rainmaker
3,069,984
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Door #1

May 31, 2018 05:42 AM
Rainer
327,022
J.R. Schloemer, CRS
Kentucky Select Properties - Louisville, KY

Depends on the day I suppose, but for the most part the independent contract status works for me. 

May 31, 2018 05:35 AM
Rainmaker
4,048,650
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Independent contractor.  

May 31, 2018 05:08 AM
Rainmaker
173,013
Dr. Karen Lewis, Broker 954-2489149
K1 Realty Group - Miramar, FL
No Compromise When it Comes to Our Clients!

Independent contractor - all day long..I can't think of going to lunch when someone wants me too and I am not hungry or get that same pay check every week..Oh nooooooooooooo..I would rather make nothing for a week or month than to get same check day in and day out...But truthfully, neither I would rather be a business owner...

May 31, 2018 04:53 AM
Ambassador
3,759,206
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

If you see what is happening in California (and it was reported right by the national media) we might see the end of independent contractors as we know it today...

May 31, 2018 10:23 AM
Rainer
117,085
Christine Kankowski North SD and Temecula
House Match Inc - Poway, CA
Excellent Sales and Property Management

independent contracvtors trun their own business.

That iswhat I do and I love it. 

May 31, 2018 08:09 AM
Rainmaker
4,433,703
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Independent contractor 

May 31, 2018 03:59 AM
Rainmaker
1,525,305
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

I like being an independent contractor thus I have been a REALTOR for almost 20 years.

May 31, 2018 07:23 PM
Rainmaker
1,387,938
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

100% independent contractor.  Been an employee before... or as I call it "a number and a line on an expense sheet" and am happy to not be there anymore.  Would find a way to remain an IC if real estate goes the way of the employee/employer relationship.  Already have one sure fire way based on the 3 test ruling.

May 31, 2018 10:14 AM
Rainmaker
514,124
Dan Tabit
Keller Williams Bellevue - Sammamish, WA

I've been both and would have a hard time going back to being an employee.  Too many years, too many idiosyncrasies to fit back into the corporate world and live on somebody elses schedule. 

May 31, 2018 10:04 AM
Rainmaker
822,262
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

W-2 employee - goes toward your social security benefits. Did you mean within the RE environment or in general? 

May 31, 2018 10:02 AM
Rainmaker
5,592,880
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Independent

May 31, 2018 09:33 AM
Ambassador
2,571,547
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

  I don't work for nobody. 

   Well, okay, I work for my clients, but I am not their employee per se. 

May 31, 2018 07:58 AM
Rainmaker
4,017,244
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

independent for sure.

 

Jun 05, 2018 07:56 PM
Rainmaker
4,945,390
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I am a business owner.

Jun 04, 2018 06:36 AM
Rainmaker
645,998
Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Santa Clarita & Aliso Viejo

I like the arrangement that currently exists.  I do my own personal business without the responsibility of an owner.  I am an employee at RE/MAX of Valencia but am able to run within the business as my own entity.  We have what is call the 100% program.  It's amazing what we receive without the owner's responsibility.  I used to own and operate a retail business.  Never again.

Jun 01, 2018 11:50 AM
Ambassador
4,312,759
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS, - being a 'free spirit' I'd be an independent contractor.

May 31, 2018 09:56 PM
Ambassador
3,039,280
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I'm actually an employee of my firm on paper.  However I own the firm.

 

May 31, 2018 08:17 PM
Rainmaker
3,985,875
William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Independent

May 31, 2018 07:54 PM
Ambassador
5,415,563
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Employee is kind of a dirty word in my book, I prefer partners and contractors.

May 31, 2018 06:02 PM
Rainmaker
543,379
Greg Large
ERA Real Solutions - Grove City, OH
A Tradition of Trust

what Nina Hollander said.

May 31, 2018 05:41 PM
Rainmaker
1,707,423
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Like Groucho Marx said, any club that would have me as a member, I don't want to belong to. Independent contractor.

May 31, 2018 03:06 PM
Rainer
180,215
Harjeet Bhatti
FITH THIRD BANK - Chicago, IL
Home Mortgage Consultant 25 States

Independent contractor.  I never like since they start giving us salary, calling us employee but technically we are not. 

May 31, 2018 02:55 PM