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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

My opinion is NONE OF THE ABOVE! I have worked for both a chain and independent brokers and I would NEVER work for a chain again John Lagoudis .

Aug 01, 2019 11:09 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

I gave someone my answer earlier this week. It's individual - some like boutique brokerages, others like big box brokerages. others prefer to be independents. 

Some people like teams, others don't play well enough in the sandbox to be on a team or perhaps, they just want to be's all individual. And, sometimes we have to try them all out to see which works best for us!

Aug 01, 2019 05:46 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I work for myself and my own company.  That's the ticket, the Broker license ticket!

Aug 01, 2019 02:36 PM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Depends. What's best for one person might not be best for another. A combination of factors are involved.

Aug 01, 2019 11:46 AM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Different strokes for different folks, in my experience. That's what makes the world go 'round.

Aug 01, 2019 11:42 AM
Karen Climer
Demetree School of Real Estate - Orlando, FL
Teaching people to pass the real estate exam

The reason no one is giving a definitive answer is because this is like asking, "What kind of car should I buy?"  We don't know if you need a small car for one person, a family car, a car that impresses others, or something that can haul a lot of junk.  There are a lot of good cars that meet a lot of different needs.  Likewise with real estate companies, there are a lot of good companies that meet different needs.


Here are a few questions that might you get you the answers you are looking for...

- If you work for a franchise, what do you get from it that matters to you?

- If you left a franchise for another one or for an independent broker, why did you leave?  What do you get from your new one that you didn't get from the previous one?

- What is most important to you in a brokerage?  Who has been able to provide that to you?

- Also, keep in mind that what people need from their broker varies greatly depending on where they are in their career. 

Aug 01, 2019 04:34 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

every office within most franchises are independently owned and operated..... that's the purpose of interviewing....

YOU should be interviewing the broker/owner/manager.... you have more to lose than they do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Aug 01, 2019 12:54 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Why do you ask? Best is relative.

Aug 01, 2019 12:48 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

So many choices.  Aren't we lucky/

Aug 01, 2019 11:54 AM
Evelyn M Epperson
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Johns Creek, GA
A Tradition Of [Excellence, Trust & Service]

I have really enjoyed Coldwell Banker Resdiential Brokerage as I get tons of support and cool gadgets that help me in my business.  The broker really makes the difference in each office so make sure you select a broker you can work hand in hand with.  Good Luck!

Aug 01, 2019 11:34 AM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Independent is the best, but we went to our current brokerage for convenience of location.

Aug 02, 2019 06:32 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

I agree with Bob! I worked for an indie, a big box and I have my own indie shop. As a new agent, go where you'll get the most training, hands on, by an experienced and accessible human.

Aug 02, 2019 04:57 AM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

You have to research and find out what would be the best fit for your needs and what you are trying to accomplish. 

Aug 01, 2019 09:54 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Clearly KW.

Aug 01, 2019 08:18 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Who offers you the best terms and best team. 

Aug 01, 2019 07:53 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

To each their own. At the start of my career, I was with Prudential and a few others. I have been with a small, independently owned brokerage for almost 10 years and plan to stay!

Aug 01, 2019 07:00 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 / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

There is no ONE best IMHO. It depends on the needs of the individual agent and who is leading the individual office. All Designated Brokers are not equal, regardless of the franchise.  

Aug 01, 2019 06:11 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Let's just say that I am happy where I am.

Aug 01, 2019 05:36 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Subjective as to "best"....However we are seeking an end to the means we choose. End math is kept tally by results. 

Aug 01, 2019 05:34 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

If you're trendy; Compass

If you're traditional, Coldwell Banker or Sotherby's

If you're in the middle: Keller Williams

But I enjoy Big Block Realty, a local privately owned brokerage.

Aug 01, 2019 05:30 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

The one you believe has what you are looking for!

Aug 01, 2019 04:19 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

John Lagoudis good to know, but it depends on the need of the real estate agent.

Aug 01, 2019 04:09 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

For me, none of the above.

Aug 01, 2019 01:45 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Best is in the eyes of the beholder...A

Aug 01, 2019 01:31 PM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Keller Willams, of course! 

Aug 02, 2019 08:35 AM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

Prefer to be and stay independent. Have interviewed many franchises and we have not found any that offer more benefits that would increase the bottom line vs the $$ you pay them to join.

Aug 02, 2019 07:06 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Wanting name it used to be Coldwell, Berkshire Hathaway affiliates.

Some agents go broke working for them. Best is you own your business.

Aug 02, 2019 06:54 AM
Teri Pacitto
Compass - Westlake Village, CA
Real Estate, Your Style...Your Home...My Specialty

Best is an open ended question and only you can determine what’s best for you and your needs.  We all look for and need what is best for our individual needs. 

Aug 01, 2019 06:44 PM
Charles Stallions
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pensacola, FL
850-476-4494 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.

Where ever you find happiness, for a newbie you need the training once experienced you take the money and when YOU decide to get out of the rat race, make even more money or grow to the 10th degree you go on your on. I have worked for 3 companies in my 25 years and I took what was best for me and my customers and alway looked forward. 








Feb 11, 2021 09:56 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Someone that offers you what you need to succeed in this business.

Aug 15, 2019 09:39 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

EXP is really coming on in our area.


Aug 04, 2019 08:55 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

RE/MAX worked for me.

Aug 02, 2019 12:14 PM
Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

You sound like a commercial about your scope of business....

If you follow the news and the research, you'll find out who are the fastest growing franchises are... by region.

Aug 02, 2019 09:48 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Best for who?

Best for what?

Define Best. 


Aug 02, 2019 09:31 AM