I don't think the split should be your most important criteria at this pont. You are just beginning and there is so much to learn, things are changing daily - new rules, new regulations, Short Sales, Bank Owned, Buy Backs, etc.
You need to look for a company that is going to offer the most in depth training, and on an on-going basis. I work for First Team Real Estate for that one reason. They have excellent training and we are constantly offered new training - even the most experienced of us agents - whenever there is a change. Look at Open House Signs here in Huntington Beach and see who you see the most of - First Team!
Another bit of advice - make appts with managers at all of the companies you think you are interested in. A good manager is so important to the office and to you. You need someone to guide you and back you at all times. First Team has 3 offices in Huntington Beach and they are all great.
If you want more information, give me a call. I worked for another major franchise before coming to First Team years ago and wish that I had started with this company. One last thought, check their websites out. that was another factor that led me to FT. I wanted a company with a user friendly website, another plus for us.
First Team Real Estate - Brookhurst
Being a Real Estate Agent / Broker is not about what is "easiest" or "takes less time" or "costs less". It is about helping people achieve their dreams and goals. Buying a house - or selling a house may be the largest single transaction people may ever be involved with. Buyers and Sellers need us to help guide them through the process, and to provide information so they can make good decisions. We are not Attorneys, we are not Accountants, we sometimes are psychologists, therapists, moms, dads or just plain confidants.
Now to your question. I prefer working with Sellers and moreso over the past 3 years Short Sellers. It's very hard work but for me it's rewarding and it's my way of giving back to those struggling through this economy. Amy I going to get rich? No. Will I sleep at night, Yes.
I also work with Buyers.
I never do both sides of a transaction.
Best of luck in this very rewarding career.
Broker / Owner
Thom Colby Properties
Newport Beach, CA