Although it would be easy to fling a response that is antedotially correct, it would not serve you well. The choices you present are invalid because they have no context, only reaction.
The context of your question, and the one I am responding to is, "As a new agent, where should I start that is most likey to lead to success?" After all, your purpose is to be in the business more that two years.
The beginning point for me would be an analysis of what you have to work with.
1. What vertical markets are available to you?
2. What associations or business venues allow you access?
3. Do you have business, associate, affiliate contacts?
4. How are you wired?
5. What are you willling to do to ensure your financial future is secure? As easy at this question appears to be, it IS the achilles heel of 95% of newbies and the cause of failure to thrive of 80% of the professionals who linger around.
6. What were you thinking when you thought real estate was such a great idea? What was the basis for this decision? Was any analysis involved? Do you have an idea regarding what your business should look like?
The nature of your question suggests you are starting like 95% of all newbies. You have decided to become a business owner without doing your homework. It's simialr to a shop owner declaring they are open for business, but have nothing in stock. A responsible business owner would have identified what they are going to sell, what price they can acquire the product, what the citizen is willing to pay, how they will reach the citizen, what the cost of doing businesss is, the break even point and the projected margins involved. Only in real estate do business owners announce "I'm open for business" and have done no homework.
Let's assume this does NOT apply to you. You actually can state, "My real estate business is focused on helping homeonwers who own single family homes, located in Westchase who are considering selling in the next 90 days get the highest price possible by providing exceptional service, proprietary strategies and comprehensive, agile networking." Now you have something to work with.
Drive through West Chase, stop in the coffee shop, pick up the local paper and identify who is doing busines in that area. Access the MLS (clck on any agents websie here) and see who the listing agents are AND their brokerages.
Now, pick up the phone and arange a meet up with a few of these agents. You will need to buy the coffee and cheese danish. Only share with these agents you desire to get into the business and you really would like to know what their biggest challenges are in growing their business. Greatest costs?
Greatest concerns? Then 'Do you receive compensation for recruiting new agents?" If yes, interview is over, If no conpensation received, "What does your brokerage provide that helps in your success?"
Now you have some back ground.
It's time to get serious. Set up an appointment with those brokerages you idenified as doing business in your preferred market. Be aware, you actually have only one question you want answered that is of any importance to you. EVERYTHING ELSE IS FLUFF and shiny things. The question you must ask is:
"What is the annual, average transactions per agent in this OFFICE?"
The national average is 9. You want to be in an office where the average is 15, 22, 30 transactions per year. This number is the validataon that the training, stystems, infrastructure, compensation, and support systems work. You want to be in the highest producing offfice you can identfy.
Such offices are highly productive because they don't take on dead wood. Many brokerages will enroll ANYONE. For them it about the numbers. Most of them say, "If you pay their fee, you're ok by me!"
The office you join will offer you mentorship or placement within a team. There you will learn what you need to know to thrive.With the team leader or mentor or broker, you should have a disussion regarding those things with which you have to work, your business objective, how you are wired, and with such information, directed how to optmise your efforts to get the best results.
You do not earn a dime warning the seat in a classroom. 95% of newbie agent will 'buy' the training message which has been the 'bread and butter' message for decades. For decades 95% of newbies return to their old job in two years or less.
You LEARN by DOING.
You EARN by COMPLETING.
The choice you make now will determine if you are among the 95% who will not see their second year of if you wll be of the 5% who learned and earned and come to the realization, "it's not rocket science!" Just follow the instructoins, complete the task FULLY, be a professional, know that failure is temporary, quiting if defeat... and the gates to the universe will open.
Best of success,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group
Palm Harbor, FL