Number 1- I have been with three different companies and the training is different except in four of them with different names. Reology is a conglamerate of Century 21, ERA, Caldwell Banker, Southerby and I understand that will also own Homes and Garden Real Estate as the same name of the magazine. These companies all have the same training. These companies also have international and relocation services that are all part of the same group but in different names. Century 21 as a couple of others have International franchises all over the world, Century 21 has over 8000 offices and over 104,000 agents even in these bad couple of years. That says we are still growing and growing. Because this is the first name of Real Estate recognized in 57% of peopel asked a simple question,.
If you a customer were to sell your home or look to buy a home. what real estate company first coems to mind? 56% said Century 21 Noyt any of the otheres even came close to even 30%.
Keller Williams,Remax and some of the others are good companies and the founders of some of those were Century 21 people and or one of others under reology.
I say look at not only the training but also what it is going to cost you. Is ther a desk fee that you will have to pay even though you are not making any money. Is there someone that is going to be your mentor, shopw you the ropes, tell you everything you need know, is ther a chance you could be someones assistant that will help you learn and teach you the experience you will need to go forward?
Do not be discouraged, it will not happen over night to learn what you need to, so you can be your own person. Do not be discouraged because you will need to spend time and money to get your name out there, keep up your CEU's take specailty classes for designations and so forth. So look at all of them and make sure you have questions, questions, querstions. If a Broker or ownwer say, well that i can not answer until you ahev started, then that isn't someone to trust. But no bropker can answer the question of how much money you will amke in the first two years. You maybe one of the lucky ones with a great starting base of influential people and contacts that will constantly feed you leads and refer you.
So good luck. Let mne know who youu went with. firstname.lastname@example.org
With the dominence of the Internet, you should be able to work anywhere. Find someone you like and someone who has your ethics, values, goals etc. Many times agents change offices and I think many of them run into new issues that adversely impact their business (new cards, new e-mail, new signs etc.). You mnight call Gary Laturno, a broker, lawyer and former FBI agent and principal of Laturno Kuick Realty http://www.landkrealty.com/
He is very into training and professional development and is successful investor and property manager too.
I would recommend that you find an office close to where you live and one where there are many listing agents which will give you opportunity in doing open houses. Study your local market and make sure there are sales and that you would be comfortable in that market. Interview with Branch Managers and pay attention to staff and talk to a few agents. You want to find an office and Company that you feel comfortable in. I am now with Coldwell Banker and have been very happy with the support and they have new agent training. Century 21 has good new agent training. Many of the smaller brokerages are struggling in this market and don't have much to offer the new agent.
There is no magic in this business, it takes someone that wants to work hard and has strong sales skills. You must be informed of the market opportunities and not afraid of rejection. Each Company has a different culture, find the one the aligns with your belief's and goals.
If I can help you with any specific questions please give me a call. Best of luck on your real estate career, it is a great business!