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!
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Licensed in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
Assisting Homebuyer's and Seller's for 28 years
As it is I get up between 4:30 and 4:50am each day. After taking the dog on a walk it's 6:05. Water, vitamins, start the coffee pot and have some quite devotional time and it's already 6:30. I now have 30 minutes to process expireds as well as leads brought into my system from the previous day. Those 30 minutes disappear with a quickness.
Now it's 7:00am and I have to start calling at 8:00. But WAIT! Kids are now up and wife is getting ready for work so I have to get them some breakfast. From there it's a hustle to help get them out of the house on time at 7:45.
Now 8:00 am is staring me in the face. I've got 15 minutes to shower and change over or I can choose to do that AFTER my call session is over. Either way, it's not a lot of time.
The point being that if I had to add in a drive to an office to this whole mix I'm pretty sure that my morning call session wouldn't start until 8:30 at the earliest which means I'd have lost half of the "golden hour" which would result in the session not ending at 11:00 or 11:15 but instead extending until at least at noon if not later - now the I'm behind on the day. More likely though? I just would end the session at 11:15 regardless and start making excuses for not making all the calls day-in/day-out.
Travel time to an office is unacceptable and I'm not bumping up the reveille to 4:00am when I am usually up working at 11pm and sometimes don't wrap up until midnight.
Go to the office to deposit, for a seminar/presentation, client meeting or - if have a question.
Don't see agents sharing info there.
Personally, I like to share - because we all look better if we know more.
Practical aspect of our business is super important!
What I don't do is bring clients into my home office, so when meeting with them for the first time or writing a contract, I always insist on the company office. I think everyone has their own preference and what ever works for you personally is what is best.
It is mostly a matter of personal preference and where one can be most effective. If you can put more Productive hours in from home, than commuting to and from the office, then that can be a factor. Some agents feel more productive in an office environment though.
There are some benefits of working at home. Such as
Spend more time with your family
Feel like your own boss
Complete control over your setup
Peace and quiet when you need it
The comfort of your own home
I prefer to meet my clients at the office. It is more professional. It is also safer. I get more work done when I go into the office from my home.
At the office, if I have a problem or a question, I can always talk it over with a colleague or my broker.
The one that works for you.
We are all geniuses.
Some are Blazes - real center stage folks finding the 'who' for every situation
Some are Steel geniuses - discovering the 'How" for every challenge.
Some are Tempo geniuses - opportunity beacons discovering the 'When' for every challenge
Some are Dynamo geniuses - who are pursing the response to 'Why" and creating stuff.
Not all of these geniuses work well in the isolation of the home office or the distraction of the brokers digs.
Which is better depends on your genius.
What works best is to have a team with a full complement of genius.
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.
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?
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
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.
The Cascade Team
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