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what is the best real estate company to work for a new agent?

Asked by Michael Gnadt, 39503 Wed Jun 6, 2012

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The company doesn't matter - only the mentor.
Companies don't provide good training, people do. Forget the name on the door and look for PEOPLE who can SHOW you a proven record of success and explain to you how they are going to help you achieve success.
3 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 6, 2012
This is a question that has "rattled around" on trulia for years...it's reassuring that so many experienced agents are seeing the importance for new agents to be involved in a mentoring program that provides meaninful guidance in doing things the correct and ethical manner.

In my opinion a meaningful mentoring program is one that supports marketing, interacting with customers, writing contracts, problem solving, etc. etc. and gives the agent a small slice of the pie to hold their interest.

Bill
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 13, 2012
I've been an agent for 9 years, and in 3 companies. The first, which will remain nameless, was full of hype and promise, and no delivery. I didnt' know the right questions to ask, but I learned quickly. They didn't have any PR or marketing material, and the broker had little experience. It felt exciting and energized, but was hollow. I researched considerably before going to a large national company, as I wanted materials, training, mentoring, and an atmosphere of successful co-agents, in addition to enthusiasm. I was with that company for almost 8 years. I've left for a smaller local brokerage that has a strong track record of dominating in a particular market closer to my home. I am experienced enough that I didn't need all that the other company offered. So, in summary, your needs are most important. If you need mentoring, materials, and a large successful company, then there are many to suit your needs. Plan to pay something for it in commission, but it's worth the training you'll receive. And if it's not a good fit or you grow past it, seek a better match.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 13, 2012
Rather than looking for the best company--find a top agent in your area and see if they would be willing to take you under their wing. They may need your help and you can learn from the best.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jun 9, 2012
Look for one with a great education program. Keller Williams has a great intro course for new agents.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jun 9, 2012
The "best" real estate company to work for is relative... It really depends on the individuals need. You have to know what your need is as an agent (company name recognition, leads, commission splits, desk fees, training, broker support). The company that supplies the need is the one for you.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jun 7, 2012
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William E Wood in Virginia where the market is climbing out of the hole. http://www.chooseahomenow.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jun 7, 2012
Mentoring, as John pointed out, is the most essential ingredient to getting off to the right start.
The evidence of a good mentoring program will be in the statistical results. The average transaction count per agent of these offices will well exceed that of those companies who offer training with token mentoring. (they all say mentoring is available)

Until you insist on seeing the numbers, what you may be looking at is an illusion.
Best of success with this important decision.
Annette
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jun 7, 2012
Well said.
Flag Wed Jun 13, 2012
John's advice is right on target. A mentor who will help you and show you how to do the business is what you need to find. The company matters less.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 6, 2012
Early on the most important things to me were hands on training and leads. I needed a company were I could ask lots of questions of my broker. The second thing that was import was that they would provide me with some leads to get started so that I could use what I was learning. Most of the time if your broker gives you a lead you are going to pay more of your commision for it but it is well worth it.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 6, 2012
THE best company would be Windermere,
but, unfortunate for you, it is only in the nine western states.
Remember that; and look for us in the future.

Good luck and may God bless
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 6, 2012
There are many factors to consider when signing on with a company that range from the size of your commission split to training and support, etc.
Ultimately, the best thing to do is decide what is important to you as an agent and find a broker who is willing to help you achieve your goals.

I would be a bad fit for a new, inexperienced agent because I work with a high lead volume and would not be able to adequately train someone who was not a very sufficient, fast starter. Because of this, I feel that I could give you honest feedback and assist you in finding a company right for you if you wish. Feel free to contact me and I will help if I can.

Damion
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 6, 2012
The one where when you interview you feel most comfortable and will train as well as mentor you...
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 6, 2012
I would recommend visiting ActiveRain (dot) com and searching through the agents in your state and community who are actively blogging about real estate. They will be a good resource for you. I would also make appointments and interview with several different brokerages in your community. What is best is not always the same for everyone. As an independent contractor, you need to seek out the best fit for your needs (training etc.) and your bottom line. Best of luck.
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