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
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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