You need to visit several brokers and make sure you speak to many of their agents. You want an office that will not only give you training, but support in your first year and beyond. It might be helpful for your future office to be near your home, but not necessary as most agents work from home anyway. Review how they work with agents in regards to meetings, expenses, commissions, how you would receive leads from the office and what the office expects from you in regards to your involment with things like phone duty and office events. You can find the offices big and small by zip code on http://www.har.com
Research the companies on-line. Look at the Houston Business Journal as well as a simple "Google" of company names to see good or bad comments. Check with the Texas Real Estate Commission http://www.trec.state.tx.us/ to research the brokers license and see if there are any issues. Like looking for a house, there will never be an office that is 100% correct, but looking around will open your eyes to the opportunities. If you would like to speak to our office, please contact me privately. We have one office, but work all over the Houston area!!
Bernstein Realty, Inc.
Let me know if you have questions
You can find a list of questions to ask here:
I think some of the most important are:
Let me see your training room.
Let me see your training calendar.
Let me see how many leads you have given your agents this month.
If you'd like an interview with KW just let me know.
Now is a great time. Gary or Jay will be in Houston in about a week to give a presentation on their new book called "The One Thing." You don't want to miss this. Probably the best course I've ever been to.
Realize that many firms have little, if anything, at stake if you fail. I share this with you as someone on the outside looking in. I have been a licensed real estate broker for over 30 years, today I am a mortgage lender. If you have a personal relationship with someone that helped get you into the business that would be a good place to start.
Steve Moore, NMLS #897608
I would start setting up appointments with the brokers, office managers, or team leaders.
I would probably pick them based on where you live or where you plan to work.
Pick five and interview them all.
If you would like me to set up an appointment for you with Keller Williams, I would be happy to do so.
You may also find the questions on this webpage helpful.... http://www.worldclasscareer.com/
If you have any questions or just need to pick my brain a little, I would be happy to help you get started. Feel free to give me a call.
Keller Williams Realty