Kudos to you for starting out with such intelligent questions. Either path can be great. Being an assistant to a successful, high-volume top producer has the advantage of giving you the opportunity to see what right looks like across all aspects of the business. The main disadvantage, in my mind, is that this can be very much drinking from the fire hose. You could find yourself overwhelmed. Also, this agent needs to be mentoring you. He or she is going to get a lot of work out of you but it needs to be a win for you as well. You should have a development plan agreed upon by both of you that spells out a timeline of how you will progress through learning the different phases and aspects of real estate and you should stick to this as best you can. As others have already stated, you can easily find yourself being someone's gopher and not being given the type of field experience that you need.
With working with a team, you can focus on one aspect of the business at a time. This can be advantageous because you can learn different aspects of the business in more manageable chunks. The disadvantage is that it may take you longer to be ready to trike out on your own. You may also find yourself being pigeon holed into a single role or a very small number of roles. Just like working for a top producer as an assistant, you need to both agree on and stick to a development plan.
Also, regardless of which path you take, whoever you work for needs to be a great mentor. You will need a lot of training, and if you are like most of us, the training will never stop, but mentors guide, counsel, and most importantly, develop their mentees. And just because someone is a rainmaker or a top producer does not mean they are necessarily a good mentor. There are successful people in any profession that cannot teach others how to be successful.
Finally, regardless of the path you choose, always remember that you are your own business and you have to develop your own brand.
I hope that helps. Good luck.
for my 2 cents, I would recommend you a join a brokerage where you are assigned a good mentor. A "rainmaker" would be great but many will not deal with a newbie unless they know you or have ties already b/c everyone normally wants to work with numero Uno.
I would recommend finding an agency that offers mentoring. i would suggest listings myself but get in where you can. do listing campaign for 90 days and then work with buyers. use your time wisely!
Best of Luck
You sound very bright, and I want to offer you some advice from my own experience: The minute some broker tries to discourage you from being in real estate and tries to undermine your self-confidence, get away from them. It will be because they view you as a potential threat who will take business away from them. That's why I feel that Keller Williams is a great company in which to get started.
The training is fantastic, spot on, and they truly want their agents to succeed!
Working with a Super Star Realtor might be a goal that is impossible to attain, so I would not direct your attentions there. Concentrate on learning for the time being, there is quite a bit to learn.. It's not an easy business and growing your business from the ground up is going to take time, money and commitment.
Also there are many real estate coaches such as Brian Buffini, Mike Ferry, and Tom Ferry. Each are very different so you need to see what's right for you.
The main thing is you need to treat this like a business. You need to work 40 hours a week either prospecting, learning the inventory , or becoming more skilled. I actually work about 70.
Always put your clients before your pay check. I would be willing to give up a transaction then a client. If they know you care and fight for them they send you referrals. Not to mention I believe in karma big time.
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