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Dell, Other/Just Looking in Fort Washington, MD

What is the best real estate company to work for?

Asked by Dell, Fort Washington, MD Sat May 4, 2013

I've read a couple of answers, some say to look out for "teams".

I'm going to take the class to become an agent, but I'm now curious as to whom I should affiliate with after passing the exam. Long and Foster, are they good?

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This is the proverbial "opening a can of worms!"

Simply stated, everyone feels they are currently working with the best company out there.....until proven otherwise!

2 votes Thank Flag Link Sun May 5, 2013
Try to work for all of them! If I were to start over again, I'd spend about 2 years at each of the top offices in my area and soak up all the knowledge each has to share.
But the office doesn't make or break the agent - the agent does. Real estate isn't rocket surgery. It's actually a very simple process that has opportunity for success or failure based on imagination, work ethic and skill. Your success or failure will depend on you - not your office.
2 votes Thank Flag Link Sun May 5, 2013
I really like that ... so true.
Flag Mon Oct 27, 2014
I agree office dynamics are critically important but so are results. RE/MAX agents were cited by Real Trends 500 as averaging twice as many transactions as all other agents; RE/MAX average sales volume was 60% higher than that of all other agents and among the 50 brokerages with the highest average sides per agent, 40 were RE/MAX.
2 votes Thank Flag Link Sat May 4, 2013
The most important question to ask yourself, is where am I going to get the best training,education and support, so I will NET the most money and build the best quality of life. My suggestion to you, is to follow the agents. In only 30 years, without spending millions of dollars marketing our company to consumers, KW has become the the largest real estate company in N. America. Successful real estate agents understand that they are the reason they do business...not real estate company brands. Check our KW Agent Career Training blog to find out more about our unique agent-centric business model:
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 24, 2013
Hi Dell,

Long and Foster is a great place to start, however if you attain a certain level of success you will find their commission split restricting. A team is a great way to start to gain experience and have a ready supply of customers to work with. But of course that comes with a split (usually 50/50) for all that support and advertising.

In the 15 years I've been in the business I've tried Long & Foster (wasn't my preferred working environment) an independent local broker (not enough support), Keller Williams (not my cup of tea) and RE/MAX which is my preferred brokerage. They provide great National advertising and come along with a reputation for having the best and most experienced agents. Re/Max agents sell more per agent than any other brokerage.

Wishing you all the best on your new endeavor!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun May 5, 2013
I have worked for Long and Foster, Keller Williams and RE/MAX. I think the training from Keller Williams is by far the best for a new agent. They are a forward thinking company. Once you get established, then RE/MAX, where I am now, is hands down the best way to run your own business. RE/MAX agents, as the others have said below, outsell all other brands. There is a lot to learn so becoming part of a team, or having mentor no matter where you go is a must. Good luck! It's a great time to be in the business.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat May 4, 2013
Re/Max lead all major companies in 2012 with an average of 15.1 transactions per Realtor®
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat May 4, 2013
I like to look at it this way. I am not working FOR a company. I am simply associating myself and hanging my license with that Broker. This is MY business I run. I pay MY expenses and advertising, etc. just as any business does. It is up to you to investigate what business model you want to associate yourself with? Is is all about commissions? Name branding? Benefits? Accessibility to offices? Workroom availabilities? These questions and more you should be writing down and asking when interviewing potential Brokers.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat May 4, 2013
If you were in Hampton Roads Virginia I would tell you William E Wood and Associates.

As far as the team concept though there may be a few to watch out for a good team is perfect for a new agent. All companies promise support but a team will often give you well needed one on one support.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 1, 2013
Hi Dell!! Contact me and we can talk about how happy I am at Heymann Realty, LLC!!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 1, 2013
whatever is the best fit for you.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 31, 2013
What's the best real estate Company out there Remain?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 31, 2013
Definitely an answer that will get a lot of buzz. My best advice is to prepare 5 to 7 questions and interview 5 brokers you are most interested in. Carefully review the responses and information to determine which one stands out, and will offer it's agents the most. EXIT Realty is unmatched in training, innovative technology, and bonus income. Do your homework ...then consider the best. Not just talk...our action speaks for itself.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun May 5, 2013
OneTrust Real Estate! It's the obvious best choice in Wisconsin and Minnesota.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat May 4, 2013
Coldwell Banker.

Its been around 107 years.

Good luck

0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat May 4, 2013
100% commission and sweet freedom has worked for me.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat May 4, 2013
Personally, I think you're going to find that the office dynamics are going to be equally, or more, important than the brokerage.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat May 4, 2013
I'm biased, I work for Redfin. You need to interview different companies to which is the best fit for you.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat May 4, 2013
Phil makes some some very good points. What I would recommend is that you interview with several companies, to see what they are offering in way of training, mentoring, marketing systems, lead generation, not to mention their compensation plans, retirement benefits, beneficiary benefits, etc.. I am affiliated with Exit Realty, and would be happy to coordinate a mtg for you with our Broker to explore what Exit has to offer you. Please feel free to contact me at your convenience to set it up. .
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat May 4, 2013
Lots of factors to consider: distance to your home, concentration of Top Producers bringing calls and business into the office, whether or not your "Sphere of Infuence" has any connection to an area or office, the management/leadership offered in an office, willingness of other agents to be of help as you get started... Like I said, LOTS of factors to consider!

I've worked for Weichert, Coldwell Banker, Keller Williams and now Long and Foster; each has it's pluses & minuses, but for your first few years, I've found it's best to affiliate with a larger outfit (Drawback is on commission split levels) to get some momentum and experience under your belt. After that, you'll be seasoned enough to re-evaluate! Best of luck!
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