In my company we only hire candidates who show promise and who we feel are worthy of the time and attention necessary to become successful. We bring each one along little by little so they don't stumble along the way.
In the end, your network of people is what is likely to get you started, and I do agree that you shouldn't quit your day job till you know you are on solid ground.
I really like John's "It's all about vibes." comment because it changes the dynamic/focus of your search from what we believe is best for you as opposed to you knowing what you want from any Brokerage.
Ask yourself these two questions:
Is Real Estate a business OR profession?
Do I personally feel I would get more satisfaction from receiving a commission check OR handing over front door keys to a first time Buyer?
Now, use your answers to find and INTERVIEW each brokerage for a good fit. Below is the link to your local (Santa Monica) Realtor MLS Association:
Stay true to yourself and you will be successful.
Happy Hunting! â€“Steve
I work and live in Santa Monica, and I am with Keller Williams on 2701 Ocean Park Blvd in Santa Monica. I love my office and they are very friendly and give us so much support.
We have a great meeting this coming Monday and if you can come by at 12, I can show you around and you can also talk to the manager and ask questions.
Let me know if you planning to be there.
The best number to call me is 3109226974. I would be more than happy to answer your questions.
Do not hesitate to move onto another brokerage when you see they are failing you, this is your business: o u r t i m e and t i m e i s m o n e y. I say this because this is not a cheap career and you will not be bleeding money but hemorrhaging money because of the things you have to pay. Good luck in your career.
However, you're in Santa Monica which is a very nice place to start a RE career. You have a lot a very good answers and everyone has had some very astute information to share with you. But the real deal is in your court. Take your time, interview several brokers both large and small.Both can offer up some great educational and leadership programs. It just depends on who really gives you the best warm fuzzes.
At 67 years old and having been buying, selling, developing, managing and investing in good ole California dirt for almost a half a century I have to go with vibes. It's all about vibes. No chemistry no go. The worse thing you can do is get caught up with a brokerage that's a big dud for your libido.
You may even want to take a Tony Robbins course concurrent to interviewing with myriad brokers before you actually make a commitment. He will expand your capillaries and warm your blood and through that learning curve you will be lead to a great choice. Just a thought if you have the means and the gumption.
It has to be a match with what your ambition ad level of risk tolerance is and what support and encouragement you will get from your broker and their team. Make sure you get a chance to write offers, be present in negotiations, learn about title, escrow, lending, etc... the more you know, the more perspective and value you will be able to offer to your clients and ultimately make money!
Is not about filling out the winforms or contracts.. is about all kinds of things that you will learn only if you get to work on deals... working as a TC may not be a bad thing for a while...
Best of luck and do your homework with the interview.... you are interviewing them!
I love love love our manager too!
Give me a call if you want more information.
All the best,
I know my files and the contracts by the back of hand and its the best thing when talking to clients and going over contracts with them.
It's also helpful if you have mentorship from an experienced Realtor for the first couple of years as well.