Vincent Vill…, Real Estate Pro in San Diego, CA

Some REALTORS work from home, some REALTORS work at the office which is better?

Asked by Vincent Villafranca, REALTOR, San Diego, CA Wed Oct 13, 2010

For me, I prefer being in a big office Prudential CA Realty. The reason why is that no matter how many years I have been in this business...the market always changes...and I like the feedback I get from coworkers and other changes...and I like to know what issues and problems are occuring escrows. Its helps me fine tune what I am doing.

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Vincent -

Great Question!

One of the reasons I chose the office I am in is because of the interaction between great agents in my office and their willingness to share ideas and information.

Even after 28 years in this crazy business -it changes every day. I am a better agent because I have the opportunity to learn from others in my office - EVERY DAY!

Certainly there are political issues in all offices that can be somewhat onerous and ugly. I try to stay out of that mess and focus on business. The office "culture" defines how we do business and how successful we can be.

For me - give me the crowd and hubub of a busy office - and the comradarie of good and unselfish agents!

Good Luck!

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Gerard Dunn
Associate Broker
Licensed in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Assisting Homebuyer's and Seller's for 28 years
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It is whatever you are comfortable with, there are pro's and con's with both. I prefer home, but was in offices for years. The most important thing to have is discipline to do the work that is needed. If either enviornment is distracting you from getting out and meeting people then switch your workplace.

The best place for you to be is on the street meeting people and talking real estate. Use the other location for paperwork and support of your business but spend the least amount of time their.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 14, 2010
Most agents I know, myself included, split their time between the real estate office and the home office. In this day and age we are all fortunate that technology affords us the ability to stay home and keep working during snow storms! More over, it is important to have a quiet place to focus on work and negotiate privately.

I worked at an office where a car slammed into the front lobby. For safety reasons, no one was allowed in the building for weeks. Our office sales stats were unaffected thanks to a support staff that set up a tent in the parking lot and kept working away, and agents who were able to grow their business because so many had home offices.

Real estate agents are portable, flexible, and can serve our clients fully from anywhere, anytime! How many professions can say that?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 14, 2010
Sounds to me like you answered your own question.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 13, 2010
HI Vincent, All great answers with a variety of views on this subject. We have woked in Real Estate nearly, Lisa has managed several offices. Team work is great when you have agents who work together, team up and go out and get sales together double the knowledge and experience, on top of it all someone is always available. So office as said is great for all of the above reasons.

Home office is a fantastic way to have the convience. However we believe you must have the experience,knowledge and work ethic to do a home office without ever going to a main office. It's hard to keep yourself focused. Many of our agents seem to drift when working alone.
Our advice is if you have over 4 yrs full time experience in real estate then you may want to consider just having your home office, and not reporting or working hours at the Real estate location. New agents should always work at an office with the support. learning,team work, styles of RE world etc.

Dave & Lisa
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Hi Vincent...

It seems like a lot of brokerages are going with a "no desk fee" arrangement and not offering an office with desks as the internet is now the main tool for finding and marketing properties. My office does not a offer a certain "desk" for me to work, but they do offer conference rooms for meetings, free use of office machines (faxes, copiers, wi-fi, etc.) and transaction coordinators and it seems to work out great for me. We have regular office meetings so we get interaction with our fellow-agents and we all stay in close touch online. So I really like this setup as it allows me to work mostly from home and closer to the neighborhood where I am marketing and working.

There are still, however, large brokerages who charge one arm and one leg each month for a desk fee and office space and staff. If that is what someone wants then that's great for them! I think it's a personal choice and whatever you prefer is what will work best for you.

Stephanie Clancy
The Cascade Team
Simply Outrageous Service! Not Outrageous Commissions!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 13, 2010
That would depend on the agent's mindset. In either location the agent would have to decide how he/she handles distractions. Being in an office lends itself to falling into office politics- working at home sometimes your family and friends think thats it ok to break up your day. If you have a set schedule and plan your day out , providing you have all the tools, computer, scanner etc. either location can work because all necessary info is easily accesible. Associates and family members would have to be made aware that you are in your working mode.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 13, 2010
Vincent, I agree - big offices offer a flow of market and process information, a support team, and the opportunity to bounce ideas off management and co-workers. But I also recommend that agents have a home office where they can do their "quiet work" (accounting, blogging, research, etc.). While being around people can be fun and motivating, sometimes we all need a few hours of peace to get things done. Most office environments feature the "open floor plan" (read: cublicle) that offers little privacy and quiet.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 13, 2010
I completely agree with you John. I have a home office but much prefer working at my broker's office. As with most offices, we have a lender in the office, so I have a ready resource for any potential questions I have with respect to loans. There are always a number of agents you can bounce ideas off of, and for new agents it's nice to be able to assist them as I was assisted when I started my career. A wonderful bonus for me working in the office, folks know they can find me here and because of that, I've received many referrals! Jackie Reinauer
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