That is a great question. The reality is we end up working the segment the market presents. You go where the business is. In Florida, It's a buyers market and working with buyers is the ticket. There are many types of buyers and many places to find them. The best position is working closely with a pool of investor types. They really don't care if the carpet is worn and the places smells like a cabbage plant.
As Javier Meneses stated, go with an office that is doing business. Don't take the broker's word for it, do the math. Total 2011 transaction / number of agents. The office whose agents average the highest transactions per agent has something going on. Most likely a great mentoring program. The office with a highest volume of activity is most likely to get you to a paycheck the soonest. Look at the numbers, the results. It will be your life.
The path to the quickest paycheck is working with buyers. You are potentially 30 days from a payday. After all, that why most folks got into real estate, they think they like showing homes. Now, those who have been in this business more that 5 years will confirm selling homes (listing) is where you MUST end up. So, why not start on that path now? You can. The broker you choose can provide you a list of 50 to 150 home owners who want to sell their home and have been unsuccessful. (perhaps you should confirm) What more could you ask for to get your feet in the water.
If the broker you choose has a good mentoring program, you will learn what you need to know when you need to know it. Transactions build you bank account, training does not. Go where the business is. Follow the leads.
As far as doing rentals or sales, I think that too comes with where you're looking to work. If there are tons of rentals in the area, you're probably not going to avoid them. There are other areas that hardly have rentals. I guess it's just one of those things that just fall into place as time goes by. You'll k ow when you can determine what you'll end up doing.
Situate yourself with a broker who will offer support and personal training and a group that has a corporate culture that makes you feel comfortable.'
Rentals, sales, commercial, residential, business brokerage? Don't limit yourself...get experienced in all of it and make the money where you can.