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Nina Williams, Real Estate Pro in 72210

I am a real estate agent and I am considering leaving the company that I am with to go with Crye-Leike. I

Asked by Nina Williams, 72210 Fri Mar 7, 2008

took the agent profiler and feel that I can be really successful. The company that I was with uses old tactics and wants you to do floor duty but I have did this for 9 months and never got a client. I only received two calls asking about other agents asking prices on their listings. Can anyong give me some insight on Crye-Leike and maybe Remax? I didn't know that the firm that I was with also charges a franchise fee. I haven't closed on the one listing that I do have. I don't want to start changing companies every few months but if anyone can help I would really appreciate any thoughts.

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Hello Nina,

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.
2 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Mar 8, 2008
Hi Nina,

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, 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!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Sep 11, 2010
I've worked for a few traditional brick and motar brokers, but the busininess changes are in hyperspeed even since this question was posted. I practiced law for 20 years, but now in the worse recession we've had in 30 years, I really am selling a lot of real estate and getting a lot of leads. IT HAS EVERYTHING TO DO WITH THE BUSINESS MODEL AND THE LEADERSHIP, Too much to explain here typing from my iPad, so if your serious about making a change, no matter where you are in the country, call me. I will share what is working. Go to my blog to find me.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Sep 11, 2010
I left KW to work with a smaller local broker because I'm downsizing and localizing, and I pay E&O insurance per deal and have no fees, no bizarre recouping, no tricky multi-level marketing down line and a far better split. The whole realty world is changing and for info on these changes check me out on my blog
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jan 24, 2010
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.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jun 3, 2008

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.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jun 3, 2008
Thanks Ronda,
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.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Mar 13, 2008
Obviously there are many choices. I use a pro-con worksheet to make decisions like this in order to visualize my options. What I looked for and did not find with other firms was the following: A broker who did not compete with me for listings, a team atmosphere instead of a group of individuals out only for themselves. Support that did not shorten my paycheck i.e., help showing a house when I was sick or unavailable. Personal training. Sometimes a personal conversation regarding the frustrations of dealing with the industry, other agents and clients. This is why I am at this company and not another.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Mar 8, 2008
Thanks so much for your input. I now know what to look for in a real estate agency. I had been told when I joined the other firm that I would receive leads but I only received 4 in the 8 or 9 months and they were not interested in moving to my area, they were only fishing. I will contact more companies and also see when the next CRS class is coming up. I had purchased 'Talking House" and marketed myself to FSBO'S but I never got a listing from that. I am sending it back next week.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Mar 8, 2008
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