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Christina, Real Estate Pro in Southampton County, VA

I am newly licensed and not sure which company to go to anyone have any advice about William E Wood, Coldwell Banker or Keller Williams for new agents

Asked by Christina, Southampton County, VA Tue Aug 10, 2010

I am trying to not spend an arm and a leg to get started but I'm looking for a company that will get you the training necessary to get you started on the right foot. Anyone know the start up fees for any of the above? Any advice is appreciated! Thanks

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They all provide good training. The question is what you wish to make out of this career.
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It's as simple as this. It doesn't matter who you work for or how great the company is. It all depends on you. If you treat this as a job and your life depends on it, you will succeed. If you come in to any company and figure you'll give a few hours a week toward real estate and "see what happens", you might as well save your money. You can make a great life in real estate but you have to have th passion and drive to succeed. The start up cost don't mean anything. When I got in real estate in 2003, I never cared how much start up cost were because this was my life and I gave everything I had to be successful. I started with Long and Foster and am still with them today. I am not saying they are the best or anything, it's just a place for me to work and I really enjoy my fellow associates here in the Norfolk Office. It's all up to you! Don't treat this as a hobby! Treat it as your career and you will be just fine. I will echo what a felllow associate said earlier, our manager, Candy Dennis, is a one of a kind. Talk to her once and you will see. If you have questions, let me know. I wish you nothing but the best of luck!!
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I would suggest that you research each company, if you want you can call me at any time. I would be more than willing to assist you in this process.
Yvonne Hagaman
Rose & Womble Realty
(757) 309-1647
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Great question. If you are a self starter, and have some knowledge in the real estate field, a company like Remax or Keller Williams will allow you to keep most of your commissions, and let you pretty much do your own thing. However at Remax, they will usually assign you to a mentor at first so you learn the ropes. If you need more training and mentoring, other companies like Long and Foster, Coldwell Banker, and Prudential, may be a good fit. The key, as Geoff said below, is you. If the clients like you, they will follow you regardless of the company. The company comes into play when you weigh the compensation structures and see what will work best for you. Good luck! Jason Dodd. 757-472-8798
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 12, 2010
Everyone here is correct. Everyone! Most companies are great companies...if they weren't, they wouldn't last long. I went with Long and Foster when I first licensed. They had outstanding training opportunities, many peers willing to help you out, my broker was fantastic and there were no monthly fees aside from the insurance. I later switched to Keller Williams for many reasons, but I still think L and F is great. I get a better rate at KW in Alexandria now, but I do pay a small technology fee per month on top of the E and O insurance.

Best of luck to you!

0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 12, 2010
Hello Christina

Danille is right Keller Williams will assist and educate you - It's will be good to call different agents and ask about it

Mike Allen
Keller Williams
Glen Allen, VA 23059
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Keller Williams is hands down the best company to work with. Training, mentoring, coaching, lifestyle, and culture all exceed expectations. Its the reason Keller was one of the only companies to grow during the past couple years as agents have left the business. Splits are great, profit share is excellent, and the training is uncomparable.

I was with Coldwell for my first 5 years in the business, after switching to Keller, my business doubled, and has almost doubled again. Its the great people that are surrounding me that make the difference, my business coach, and the systems.

If your still not settled, read "Millionaire Real Estate Agent", and "Shift". They will give you the tools to jump start your real estate career. If you follow those principals you will not fail.

Give me a shout if you'd like to talk.
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I spent 6 months researching companies prior to deciding where to start my career. To be perfectly frank, it really bothered me that so many companies were asking me to come work for them when they had no idea who I was! It seems that some companies only care about recruiting bodies with licenses, not who the actual people are holding those licenses.

I started with the only office who told me "We only take 3 new agents per year. You need to interview with (name withheld) and if she agrees to mentor you for 6 months, you can come work here". I was required to work long hours, attend 8 weeks of new agent training and had minimum sales goals to meet; however, it was the best training I could have received. The Managing Broker truly cared about seeing me succeed and was very involved with my training and education.

I highly recommend choosing who you work for by the office, not the company. The compensation? You start off without much and work your way up. If you have good support, you will make money. The compensation plan means nothing if you don't have the training and support. Also, try to find a mentor. That is the best way to learn and grow in the profession.

Good luck to you and I hope you succeed!
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I am with the Norfolk Long & Foster office, located at 2000 Colonial Ave.
Before you make your final decision, as it is a very important one, please do yourself a huge favor and call and call our manager and set up an appointment to speak to her. Her name is Candy Dennis and the phone number is 623-2500. Our office is one big happy family of professionals that are always eager to help any addition to our office. We also have a lot of fun together. You will have all of the support & further training than you could ever hope for. Plus, Long & Foster has so much to offer. You will be truly amazed. So, give Candy a call and stop by and see what you think! Starting your career with a strong company will be very important and L&F is STRONG! We would love to have you~

I have been in the business for almost 24 yrs. Left one time for a very short period of time and ended up right back. To me...nothing beats Long & Foster!
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Hi Christina,

You should talk to as many agencies as possible and then make your decision. Like in anything you want to feel like you fit in and are part of the team. You will also want to know if they will be feeding you leads or are you on your own? Don't discount the smaller boutique style firms like Blu Skyy Realty, great place to work plus you get your own website.

You can call me anytime if you have any questions 757-572-0672.

Have a great day!
Rick Giannascoli
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I am also new to the business. I have been licensed for 2 years did some rentals at the beginning and then stopped working to concentrate in college work. I just graduated and I am looking to do real estate but I have no idea where to start and my broker is never at the office and the office is located in a area where I don't want to work, don't know what to do.
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I work at The Real Estate Group and I cannot say enough good about it. The training is out of this world and the opportunities are to many to list. Give one of our brokers a call and you will not be disappointed.
Debbie Marable
The Real Estate Group
Serving SE Virginia and NE North Carolina
W: (757) 410-8500 x232 C: (757) 641-1513
H: (757) 421-4614 F: (757) 769-7996

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us."
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I have been with the William E. Wood Downtown (21st St) office for more than 15 years with about 25 years in the biz. and would love to talk with you about the advantages of WEW especially as a new agent. Please give me a call at 718-8688. I look foward to speaking with you. Peggy Enright
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Christina, Long & Foster has a "Fast Start" program to get you up and running pretty easily. If you would like I can have someone from the training center contact you. Then once you finish that class - and actually during if you commit to a specific office. The agents there can train and/or mentor you. I actually mentored new agents when I was located at one of the Virginia Beach offices. Since then, my family has moved out to North Suffolk, and I absolutely LOVE the office out there and the broker!
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You should check out Long & Foster. The company just rolled out a new compensation plan and it is the best of all the other companies out there. You can choose which compensation plan you want to go with, plus you have the opportunity to earn an income from any one you recruit in. If you'd like I would be happy to set up an interview with one of our managers. We have offices in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, & North Suffolk. Give me a call or email me. Vicki Marsh Long & Foster 757-238-8201
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I am now with my 4th company and I love it where I am. Formerly, I have had stints with Rose & Womble, Keller Williams, and Exit. I am reluctant to post on-line regarding my esteemed colleagues, but PLEASE feel free to call me at 757-714-2335, I have the time to talk with you if you like.
Good luck, KK German, Wainwright Real Estate
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