I don't know if it matters what franchise you go with except for liking the support staff, the Broker/Owner and the reputation in the community. I'm licensed in two states and have been with a couple of different franchises and at the end of the day, you need to rely on yourself to generate business and have the support/training to learn how to do this. I've never done floor duty or taken an office lead but I had an advantage of starting off in the business working for a top agent and learned the ropes.
Interview several Brokers with a good reputation in the community and find the one that understands that real estate is a two way street and does not have the mentality that they are doing you a favor. Generic recruiting statements are just that, sales recruiting.
The best thing I did was started on earning my CRS right away and the classes certainly give you a big jump over the company training and teach you how to build Your own business. RE/MAX also works very closely with Brian Buffini training and I highly suggest the 100 days to Greatness program.
Bottom line, I know great agents in several different franchises and independent brokerages that are doing great and they all have something in common, They don't rely on the company to provide leads to build their business.
You should find a company that works with your style of lead generation and also has good technology and compensation. If you haven't checked out ConnectRealty.com, I encourage you to visit the main site and compare to the other companies, both national and local. Do your homework, run compensation, fees and benefits calculations and then ask agents who work at those companies (in your market or elsewhere) if they like it and why.
ConnectRealty is a newer national company, recently featured by INMAN News as a Top 10 Innovator for 2010. Let me know what you think!
I did stay with the company that I am affiliated with. I have my broker helping me and since my last post I have listed 4 homes and also just yesterday I had an offer accepted. I got this buyer from one of my listings. I am more confident and I love helping my clients. I have learned that in this business, customer service is key and I listen to clients and underpromise and overdeliver. It is fun and I see that it can also be very rewarding. My broker doesn't compete so he helps even if I call him on weekends.
Did you ever make a decision or are you still looking? Like Paul Francis recommended, it sounds like the Brian Buffini program might be just what you need - I think ReMax Premier is about to start a program, email me for details. Also, beware of any company that says they will provide leads - if they do they will probably be poor leads, what you need is a mentor to show you how to create your own business - follow the great comments from Ronda and Paul.
I am taking Floyd Wickman's class on at the end of the month. I have also found that other agents are having a difficult time right now and I don't feel that it is just me. I have developed networking with developers but right now one is just breaking ground for 84 home. That is listings for me when they are complete. I do need buyers right now. An agent in my company told me that we as agents need buyers to survive and listings to last in this business. That is so so true. I do have great support in this company but I don't have buyers.