Can anyone recommend a broker who is willing to sponsor a new salesperson with part time availability?

Asked by Jessica Drake, Austin, TX Fri Mar 1, 2013

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Debra (Debbi…, Agent, Livingston, NJ
Mon Mar 4, 2013
to the KW people here - please correct me if I am wrong, but, I am curious........don't you get an override, or part of the production/commissions earned for anyone you bring into the company?
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Laura Rosales, Agent, Austin, TX
Fri Mar 1, 2013
Hi Jessica,
There are a lot of Brokers that will sponsor you. The trick is finding one that will give you the support you need and tools that are necessary to work when you have clients to assist. I started out working part time several years ago and placed my license with a little mom and pop shop because the split was good. The support was horrible though - I had to buy all my own signs, lock boxes and do my my own billing on leases (which is a great way to find your groove) but was really difficult with limited time. Then I made the move to a BIG broker. They had all the flair and talked about training until I was blue in the face. When it came down it though my split was horrible and mentoring came only at a cost. Now I am with a mid size broker. About half of the agents are part time, we have a transaction coordinator who is amazing, signs and lock boxes are supplied and the leads are steady so, when I have time to work them I can but, there is no pressure to meet certain goals. At the end of the day you need to find a place where you feel supported and have mentors who you trust and respect. I was a lender for years and worked in Title so I knew a ton of Brokers but still had to test a few places before I found the perfect fit. If I can help in any way, feel free to give me a call. Wishing you all the best, Laura Rosales, Realtor with Premiere Team Real Estate 512-771-5334
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Linda S. Cef…, Agent, Franklin, WI
Tue Mar 5, 2013
I agree with others whom have gone before me. Working part time in this business is not a good idea. However, because you are new and I'm assuming trying to break into the business without taking a huge loss in pay, yes, there are companies that will take you on. I believe there are a few listed here.

Just do yourself and your clients a favor and don't hang out there too long. There is so much to be learned and experienced to be a great agent and provide great customer service. Give it all you have and you will be rewarded.
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Barbara Gran…, Agent, Anaheim, CA
Tue Mar 5, 2013
Hey Jessica,

I would have to agree with Scott. This would be a very, very difficult job to do part time. Someone would lose... either you, your family or your clients. You may want to rethink it and start when you can treat it like a full time job.

Good Luck to You!

Barbara Grandolfo
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Scott Hulen, , 64068
Tue Mar 5, 2013
Our industry does not need more part time agents. This industry has evolved and now requires damn near rocket scientist training in regard to filling out the paperwork consisting of 70-120 pages of documents let alone understanding all the details contained within the documents. I am a very active Realtor® with a couple of years’ experience and turn 20-30 transactions per year and I can say I am not totally comfortable with the paperwork end of the business even though I get more “practice” than all most anyone else in my office. So how can someone doing 2-5 transactions per year even begin to be competent and why does the public insist on hiring these “agents”? A better question is why do the Brokers continue with this business model? The answer is “greed” it has nothing to do with serving a common good or making our industry more professional. Jessica, sorry for the rant it’s not directed at you but at our industry which needs to change.
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Phyllis McAr…, Agent, San mateo, CA
Sat Mar 2, 2013
If you have a Better Homes and Gardens in your area, contact them, the training is amazing and the seminars are valuble
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Russ Ravary, Agent, Commerce Township, MI
Sat Mar 2, 2013
Call your local Keller Williams office . Great training for new realtors
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The Roman Lo…, Agent, Austin, TX
Sat Mar 2, 2013
Hello Jessica,

I d love to help! My broker, Keller Williams and my market center would welcome you with open arms! It doesn't matter that you are new or will be operating part-time.

I'd be more than happy to serve as your mentor. I've had great success at my office being the top new agent. I'd love to show you what I did to gain this quick success.

Look forward to hearing from you!

Roman Lopez
(512) 947-2250
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Donald Mituz…, Agent, Kaatonah, NY
Sat Mar 2, 2013
Joseph, I noticed your recommendation of KW and had a question. Does Keller Williams have ANY sort of advertising other than craigslist? I know the KW agents in my area constantly spam craigslist and I did a quick check and it seems to be the same in Austin. I also did a quick search on Google for Austin real estate and I couldn't find them anywhere on the first page, although I did find a number of other area real estate firms. Is craigslist all they have?
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vivianne dor…, Agent, Austin, TX
Sat Mar 2, 2013
Yes. Call me. 512-970-8814
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Bill Austin, Agent, Austin, TX
Sat Mar 2, 2013
Guy hit the nail on the head. You will find that most will be glad to sponsor you. Don't be fooled into thinking this hard to do. You need to be concerned with costs in the beginning. It is easy in real estate to let monthly fees of all sorts add up to a large amount. Remember these fees just keep coming whether you sell anything or not. Commission splits vary greatly too. As one of the brokers I"d recommend to interview with is Team Price. Yes, this is where I hang my license. I started at Keller Williams but the cost to do business was unbearable. Our training is spot on too.

Bill Austin
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Kimberley S…, Agent, Austin, TX
Sat Mar 2, 2013
Hi Jessica,

We are happy to sponsor part time agents at Resident Realty. We are a small but growing firm. We're consistently recognized as a top producer in the City by the Austin Business Journal, which means we have the experience to help you navigate the often field of land mines in this world we call real estate! We have one of the best commission structures, while still providing one on one training, group training and online resources. We provide our agents with all the online tools they need to achieve success in their business. We also provide our agents with an average of 10 leads a week that are better leads than simple internet leads, which are very hard to convert to business. We are not for everyone though. If you are looking for a large firm with lots of in house activity, we're not for you. Our agents have access to our office, day desks and conference room, but we do not have permanent desk space available. We keep our over head low so we can pay our agents more. We also do not sponsor anyone who walks in the door. We sponsor those individuals who we feel have the tools to reach success, with some help along the way. I started my career as a part time agent and know that not all good agents start full time. I'd love to visit with you in person at our office to determine if we are a good fit for each other. Please give me a call. 512.468.4387
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JOSEPH E JAR…, Agent, Austin, TX
Sat Mar 2, 2013
Jessica, as you already heard, most brokers will sponsor a part-time agent. One of the reasons I joined Keller Williams was because they do not have requirements as far as meeting attendance, production, et cetera. They allow you to do things at your own pace and have very low fees as well. In fact, I have shopped around to every major brokerage, and overall, Keller Williams gives you the most in training, education, and support for the least amount of money. They are also the #1 Real Estate company in Austin, are the largest in United States, and are ranked #1 by Buyers and Sellers as well! A HUGE plus. Personally, the name recognition alone brings me about $1-2 million in business per year. That right there pays for a large portion of my annual expenses, if not all of it!

If you would like to talk further, feel free to contact me and I will do all I can to assist. I started fresh in Real Estate with Keller Williams, and I'm now one of the top agents in Austin, consistently doing between $5 and $10 million per year in business. This is in large part due to the training and support I received at Keller Williams Realty. I am also now a Master Instructor due to their extensive, mostly free continuing education.

Joe Jarusinsky, Realtor/Master Instructor, Keller Williams Realty, Austin's #1 Real Estate Company, Ranked #1 by Buyers and Sellers (JD Power & Assoc. 2012)
Call 512-261-4415
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Ronald Culli…, Agent, Austin, TX
Fri Mar 1, 2013
Hi Jessica. We have a few agents that work part time. Contact the managing broker, Michael DaSilva for Avalar Austin. We have multiple offices too, which makes it even more convenient for a part timer. It also has a great friendly and helpful atmosphere.
Michael can be reached during business hours at 512-610-5000

Ron Cullinan
Avalar Austin
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Guy Gimenez, Agent, Manchaca, TX
Fri Mar 1, 2013
90+ percent of brokerages in Austin will be more than happy to sponsor you. Just make calls to 10 brokerages and you'll have at least 8-9 offers. You need not worry about this...just get on the phone or send out a few emails. You'll be surprised at the response you'll receive.

Best of luck.
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Awesome! Thanks for the response...I didn't realize part time brokers were so widely accepted.
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