You know, I asked myself a similar question a number of years ago and have been in your shoes before. The bottom line is that you are the Real Estate Agent and the one your clients will be relying on. I have found that most people do not give a rip as far as which company you are working with, just as long as you have great communication skills, are a consummate professional, are one who your clients are able to trust and turn to and you strive to satisfy their needs. Yes, you do have a responsibility to the Brokerage you work for and are one of their representatives and you are also developing YOUR business.
I was a coach with Brian Buffini's office in Carlsbad for over six years and have trained over 500 Agents across the United States on how to develop their businesses and become successful. (check out http://www.BuffiniandCompany.com) I am now the Office Manager for Highland Realty in Carlsbad taking care of our team of Agents. That being said, I encourage you to work with an office that has excellent training (legal and professional) and that the Broker/s is/are highly supportive and available to answer questions and be there for you as you grow.
If you have any further questions, feel free to contact me and I would be more than happy to speak with you. You are also welcome to come to our office, right near Carlsbad Village and meet with myself and our Broker directly.
Whatever you choose, we wish you the best in your endeavor!
"If you go to work on your goals, your goals will go to work on you. If you go to work on your plan, your plan will go to work on you. Whatever good things we build end up building us." Jim Rohn
Scott Marquette, Office Manager, REALTORÂ©
2712 Jefferson Avenue
Carlsbad, CA 92008
California Bureau of Real Estate #01816149
The "Best Brokerage" for you will be the one that offers the best support and training.You will need a lot of help in the beginning couple of years including, Floor Time, Open House, Working with a successful and experienced Realtor, Training, Contracts and so forth. Try to start with a firm that will honestly provide hands on training to new Agents.
Where do you feel like you'll receive the best training, easiest access to a helpful broker and where you fit in? Any office can be a winner or a loser depending largely on what your needs are and how prepared they are to meet them.
As a new agent you want to go with an office that is going to offer you the most support and guidance. I know a lot of agents that started with Coldwell Banker 30 years ago and they are still with them, in my opinion that says a lot. Don't be afraid to change offices if one is not a good fit.
You asked a great question, not so much because you are deciding between two specific brokerages, but because each one offers very different models and perks. Having worked for both online and mega-brokerages, as well as boutique companies (and now my own brokerage), each has positive and negative aspects. I really think it is important for each agent to find the right place for him or her - and this may vary greatly from person to person.
As a new agent I believe the most important perk is great training. Every brokerage has different programs - some extensive, some decent, and many that are, in my opinion, sub-par. As agents and brokers we deal in legalities on a daily basis, so you need to find a company that will thoroughly train you and also offer you a mentor during your learning time. Training varies as well - from hands on to sitting in seminars, so trust your gut and choose the company that caters to your personal learning style. There is so much to learn and you will never stop learning in this business, so down the road you will likely move to another brokerage that can offer you what you need at that time in your career.
Best of luck!
Rachel LaMar, J.D.
LaMar Real Estate, Inc.
Call me if you want more input, BTW I'm not a recruiter, just an agent that is very happy :)
Shea Real Estate
National Association of Realtors
CA BRE License 01713506
First of all may I start by saying CONGRATS! on getting you real estate license. This is such an exciting time and a limitless career. I love this business and I love helping become highly successful. I see one of our great agents already suggested us which is Real Living Lifestyles which always makes me feel good when we get unsolicited referrals from our agents. It means we are doing it right if our agents are suggesting us. Over the past years I have received calls from multiple small brokers and people from Coldwell Banker and Keller Williams that have asked me if i would be open to interviewing their friend or family member that just got their license because of the fantastic training we offer to our new agents. Of course I am always honored to help them however I can't help but wonder why they do not feel comfortable referring their own company. Our goal here at Real Living Lifestyles is to get you up and running as quick as possible and to be trained to a highly professional level. Our program is the best in the area and we have the most experienced mentors in the industry. I would love the opportunity to sit down with you and find out what you are looking for in a brokerage and see if we are a good fit for each other. Your basic training as a new agent is very crutial and can make or break your career - don't rush into the decision without doing all your homework. I also have a list of questions that i would be happy to provide you to ask all brokers so you can really compare apples to apples. Looking through some of the comments that consumers don't care what company you are with, in reality that is not what I have seen over the many years doing this. I have had many agents tell me that they lost business while with an independent unknown broker that was not a national brand. I do agree you have to be a professional regardless what company you are with and this business is a relationship business. People do busines with people they know like and trust. A large brand also offers more of a security for the consumer. So take your time do lots of interviews and remember you are interviewing them as much as they are interviewing you! If you would like to hear about what we can offer you at Real Living feel free to contact me my office number is 760-931-6111 they can also connect you to my cell if I am out on appointments - Eileen Schwartz ABR, CRS, GRI, CNE - Vice President Professional Development Real Living Lifestyles - CAL BRE#01207502 also check out our website at http://www.RLLifestyles.com go to the careers section for more into
I think it's best to weigh up all the options. Your costs vs your benefit.
Also keep in mind your office (If you plan to work in the office a lot) I find that the office setting, other agents, the receptionists, and most importantly your manager are big decision making factors.
You want to be somewhere that you will be able to work hard, get the help you need, have the support and get the best branding/marking and self-promotion, not to mention leads! Whatever you choose, make sure you get your OWN website and start blogging/filling it up right away, this way you're not tied down in the future.
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I did a brief stint at Zip several years ago. They give you leads which makes it helpful to get started. They don't pay you well but for a starting agent that could be the way to go.
Either way, don't underestimate the value of training. The exam prepares you for nothing...this early training will make a huge difference in your success.
Best of luck,