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Brawny, Other/Just Looking in Seattle, WA

I just passed my exam and am now debating how to select a broker to sign with as a new agent ... windermere or john l scott. Any advice?

Asked by Brawny, Seattle, WA Mon Jun 7, 2010

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This is a very old question from 2010 which got bumped, but I'll add my two cents for someone else looking in the future.

For new agents this task is a lot harder than for agents wanting to switch firms, because new agents will not yet have access to the NWMLS database. That means it will be much more difficult, if not impossible, to investigate the success of the firm and its agents, and I think that is a critical piece of information when joining a firm.

As to the precise question, it's not Windermere or John L. Scott that should be the decision. It should be more narrow than that--down to the office level. Not all the offices within each organization will be the same.
2 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 22, 2013
Of course, I prefer John L. Scott. :) However, you should interview both brokerages and see what they will offer you with regards to training/mentoring programs. Talk with the Managing Broker and see which one you feel most comfortable with. Lastly, I would suggest you compare their office marketing fees, as well as splits/commission structures, etc., to and make sure you get the best overall package.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Sep 30, 2010
Are you someone who works well on his own or do you like to have a mentor available? Do you have a good network already of potential buyers and sellers from which you can pull some business or would you prefer to work with another agent that possible can partner with you, maybe letting you have an open house at one of their listings? In my case, I started with one of the big names, had a less than generous commission split, paid high desk fees but got lots of training - however, no leads and everyone in this particular office, except for the broker, was sort of new at being an agent. What I did have was several properties of my own. I left that office, joined a smaller one and I stuck my sign in front in front of my own properties. The business poured in and it was the best start I could have asked for. I am now a broker-owner of my own agency and encourage my agents to think creatively. What can YOU take from this experience? Take a personal inventory and know what you want, then discover what sort of brokerage is best for you! It's all about you that will make you successful. I wish you the best of everything in your new career.
Brian Geraghty, Broker-Owner,
David Wain Realty, LLC
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 16, 2010
Hi, I would ask each broker if they have a mentor for you,as in someone who will help you with your first few transactions. Ask to meet them and see if you get along with them on a personal level and admire them professionally. Your first few transactions can be rather daunting and you definitely need someone who you feel you can ask any questions of, and not feel stupid!! Once you get your confidence and some experience, you will be in a better position to choose a brokerage that will suit you long term, and you will be in a better bargaining position regarding your commission split. Good luck...
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 9, 2010
First Congratulations for Passing and wanting a career in Real Estate, helping people must be a passion of yours!
I looked around at all the large shops and knowing what you want out of real estate experience is of the utmost importantce, because at the end of the day people are coming to you for you, yes large brand names are a comfort for some folks but it really is the professional who will win the day.
Find out what the monthly fees, transaction fees, E&O fees ( monthly) some charge, do they charge for B&W prints, color, IT support, website, cards, flyers, etc...
Best of luck and if you are in the Seattle area send me an email and will share with you my experiences at different offices.
To your success,
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 7, 2010
You go in, talk to the broker (or manager), get a feel for what working there is going to be like and figure out what each office is going to offer you and demand from you.

Everybody's different, and what's important to one agent may be inconsequential to another.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 7, 2010
In a tough market are you sure you want to hand over half your paycheck every time?

Consider a smaller brokerage that will provide you with a personal coach.
Even being an assistant to an especially busy Realtor would be a better option than a large brokerage in my opinion.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 7, 2010
Look for a broker who will provide you with a mentor, somone who will work with you daily and who will benefit financially from your success. You will probably want to leave to open your own shop as soon as you are up to speed on the business (read Ayn Rand's "The Fountainhead"), so take advantage of the opportunity to benefit from what others have learned.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 7, 2010
Congratulation ! In you new career , now get the CDPE and work with a real estate company into foreclosures and shortsale

Good luck
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 22, 2013
I would interview both and choose the one that can help you the most. Being a new agent is tough. Real estate is tough. Without a mentor and training... yikes.

The company we started with didn't offer much as far as training goes. Live and learn. Good luck to you no matter the decision you make!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 17, 2012
Both are great local companies. Go meet managing brokers from offices you would consider for both brokerages and go with the one you get along with the best. My first few brokers helped to shape my career - and they can help you do the same if you pick the right one. Pick someone that you respect and that picks up their phone often. It is frustrating when you're new to not get the answers you're seeking in a timely manner.

Best of Luck,

0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jul 16, 2012
Are you interested in commercial brokerage? Jones Lang LaSalle has an opportunity with its retail leasing team in Tacoma. Contact:
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jul 16, 2012
I see that this question is a couple months old, so I can't help but wonder who you chose. I hope you found the perfect fit. I work with agents in both offices and have dear friends also at both offices in different cities. I think either one would make you happy. As your career grows you'll know exactly what you want and can relocate as needed.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Sep 17, 2010
Dear Brawny,
What a new agent needs is training and support. Some firms offer this, and others don't. It will make the difference between a quick start and a slow one. Choose based upon this criteria.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Sep 16, 2010
Two great choices! You're off to a great start! I think you'll find that they both offer comparable programs in every category. It will then just come down to where you feel the most comfortable!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Sep 16, 2010
Go in an interview both managers. Find out what they offer a new agent in training, mentoring, and compensation. Good luck.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 16, 2010
Congratulations! Don't get caught up by the big name companies. Many new agents believe that is the only way to make it because they don't have any prior experience. The best thing you can do for yourself is to select a broker who will invest in you to be successful. Who will give you the training, support, mentor, encouragement, now and as you become experienced. Real Estate is ever changing and agents always need their tools updated.

I've worked for Coldwell Banker, John L. Scott, and a couple of others. I am now at Keller Williams for several reasons, and it is a perfect fit for me.

The other agents talk about fees and all Brokerages are different, but as a new agent that can get in the way of the bigger pictures. So interview, and weigh your options. Also, each office is different so if you find you like the business model of one brokerage but not so much the management, talk to another office.

Good luck and here's to your success.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jun 15, 2010
Compare the fee structure between companies, and be sure to research each companies EDUCATION opportunities - do they have new agent courses? One-on-one training with the broker? Weekly role-play sessions? Contract review training? Does the office have "Floor time"? or a great street-front / community presence that allows for walk-in traffic? Does your office have wi-fi? Adequate meeting/conference rooms? Do they provide pre-built marketing materials for you to use? In the end it comes down to your relationship with your broker - who will be your advocate and teacher. Good luck!
Web Reference: http://www.LeahPhamcom
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jun 15, 2010
Of your two choices I would choose Windermere. After being in the business for 6 months in 1995 I moved to Windermere/South in Kent. I stayed there until 2003 when I then left the area. I enjoyed the WRE culture but more important I had an amazing Broker. The Broker is KEY!

I would interview more than two brokerages.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 7, 2010
You should interview several of your local reputable brokers. Try googling for a list of questions to ask them during the interview.

Go with the one who offers what *you* are looking for.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 7, 2010
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