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.
Brian Geraghty, Broker-Owner,
David Wain Realty, LLC
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,
Everybody's different, and what's important to one agent may be inconsequential to another.
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.
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!
Best of Luck,
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.
I would interview more than two brokerages.