I live less than two miles from you and find the KW location is fine - plus we have a local office scheduled to open! I wish I had found KW sooner. As you know, getting your license is just the start. Our Keller Williams office has training - make that fantastic training - six days every week. The training is unmatched and really inspirational and I've been a Realtor for over a dozen years. There is also online training from the best talent in the company that I take from home online, which would work for you as a mother with three little children. Work smart - start with the KW steps.
Some day you are going to look back and realize how many years you've been in real estate. Make a good choice to get started right, not with an absentee broker or catch-as-catch-can plan or promises but little training.
Call me, I would love to meet you for a few minutes in town and give you a copy of our latest book on how success is a result of the right actions. It's been on the NY Times Best Sellers List for over a year - agents all over the country, from all different companies have made it the best seller. Keller Williams also rose to the #3 company in the US last year as more productive agents realize the benefits and training is the way to go.
Trizia - call me at 732-768-1068. I am also happy to speak with any other agents who have heard about Keller Williams. I just wish I had joined sooner.
We work with Coldwell Banker in Middletown. The training is amazing, and at no cost to you. The training is in Edison NJ, but they try to make it as convienent as possible for everyone. There are Coldwell Banker's in rumson, Middletown and Holmdel which would be most local for you. We just went to a refresher course though we have been in the business for years, it is always advisable in this business to continue your education! You can call us if you have any questions we would love to answer them for you.
Kris Mager & Amy Wright
The agencies that do the best job preparing their new agents do so by approaching it from two standpoints. The first consisting of basic inhouse procedures and training sessions. The second being the on that is most often overlooked..........this phase is the actual process of being an agent. Look for an agency that offers some sort of worthwhile mentoring program that actually assigns you to an individual(s) so you can observe, mirror, and internalize the right way to get things done.
(MY COMUTER IS GOING NUTZ AND IT IS BRAND NEW, SO PLEASE PARDON UNCESSARY SPACES, ETC)
With all due respect, let me agree and disagree on cetain points shared by Lisa.
(1) Having a broker availalbe when necessary for immediate consultation is an invaluable toold that is not often times available with the KW business model
(2) KW proivdes ongong training, not just a two week course. (dependong on the franchise this can be weeky, bi-weekly or monthly) and is often well attended by not only KW associates associates from competing firms)
(3) Coldwell Banker IS NOT 2nd to Realtor.com according to ongoing NAR statistics, but does consistently rank in 15th or 16th, with Trulia almost always ranking in the top 5.
Your due diligence i admirable, kept pluggina an only you cn determe tht which best fits your eduation level.
P.S. With Weichert, since my first two deals equalled just about $1m, I was furious with the amoun I paid my mentor . . . who wa sworth the input, but not to tune tune of 25% of $1m.
1. They give you a two week training, and a trainer that stays with you and helps you build a business and marketing plan.
2. You have a manager who is available for you 7 days a week, and best of all he does not compete with you for sales.
3. They are partnered with Cartus, the number one relocation company in the US, that means referrals for you, when you are building your business, you need all of the relo business you can get.
4. You can buy or sell one home per year, and you don't have to split the commission or pay the commission on your residence.
5. Continuous training on the Web.
6. Coldwellbanker.com the number 2 most visited site second to realtor.com
Once you build your own business, than you might want to consider going with KW or a smaller company that give you a better commission split, there is no way I would leave my brokerage firm until I have a rock solid business under me. Another important thing to check is how many sales per agent for each brokerage firm you go to. Many people that go with KW, do not even make one sale their first year. Check the numbers, and in every area its different. Who has the market share in your area. The more listings by the brokerage firm give you more of a chance to get sales. For example if your brokerage firm carries 75% of the listings in your area, that is going to get you leads by way of phone duty, and when you go on a listing, they will recognize your branded company.
Think about it-
As a former Weichrt person who did the samre sort of research prior to choosing my primary broker, I would vote for Weichert, despite their having a reputation of always having thier hands in your pocket" (and they do) and being told my many experienced agents to consider them as merely a 'stepping stone" to your future success. . However, since that time, I have recognized Keller Williams as a vaible competitor.
Having said that, be forewarned that each Keller Williams is individually owned and operated. I'm told that KW West Monmouth operates more like a traditional RE company while KW Toms River operates more like a ReMax allowing more indivduality and more opportunity to put more money in your pocket.
The bottom line here is to research your options . . . . if KW is your choice, interview more than one KW operation to determine which best fits your goals.
Francesca Patrizio, Realtor, ePro
Your best bet is to talk with a number of firms, to decide for yourself. You've gotten a good sampling of opinions here - the best fit for you will be a decision only you can make. Ask about philosophy, culture, training, and splits.
Good luck to you!
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Here's the one thing you gotta know, though... it's up to you to fail or succeed. This is not a little kid business, and KW is not a place to go if you are looking for a "job". If you want to build a business, KW will give you all you need... now and for the life of your career. It is YOUR responsibility to build your business, and it is seriously hard work. I do not get leads from my office. I am responsible for my own leads and my own business.... and Keller WIlliams supports that.
As for the policy on your own transactions, you'll have to check with the office - each office is independently owned and operated, therefore the policies can vary on this.
It's unanimous! Keller Williams...
Here are the 2 offices near you. I am happy to schedule an appt for you, if you'd like... or you can contact them directly.
Northpoint Professional Plaza
Englishtown, NJ 07726
17.9 miles TL: Marybeth Tortoriello
481 Memorial Parkway
Metuchen, NJ 08840
22.6 miles TL: Judith Crawford
If you call the TL (Team Leader) yourself, tell them I sent you! :-)
PS Check out the web page below!
Prudential New Jersey Properties provides an outstanding training program especially for new agents entering the real estate business. The "Boot Camp" training at the corporate office (which all agents are required to attend) is the best. I know when I was interviewing brokers, some brokers required that you pay for training but the boot camp is free to PNJP agents. Continued training classes are also offered at corporate, as well as additional training with your manager in the office. PNJP corporate officers and managers provide you with so many tools, training, techonology, etc. to not only begin your career but to help you succeed in the real estate business. One of the other things I loved about PNJP was that I was not competing in the real estate business against my manager. She's not in the field of selling real estate. She's not farming where you are farming, competing on listings appointments with you, instead she's there whenever I need her to answer any questions and guide you along, essentially to be the best that you can be. There were several other brokerage firms that I interviewed with wherein you are competing against the very person who is training you. I don't think that's a good scenario.
I'm in the North Jersey office in Livingston and my manager is the best. Right now I am doing a one-on-one weekly coaching program with her. Feel free to contact her Annette DeCicco (973) 992-6363 and she can put you in touch with the manager of our South Jersey office. Here's a link to her blog: http://www.trulia.com/blog/annette_decicco/2009/03/how_to_ac
As far as the latter part of your question, each brokerage has their own policy on agents buying and/or selling their own homes. I wouldn't base the brokerage's decision on how they handle buying or selling your own real estate on which broker to begin your real estate career with.
Please contact me if you have any additional questions.
Gina Chirico, Sales Associate
Prudential New Jersey Properties
973-992-6363 ext 116