I am currently taking my 75 hr course and wanted to know which real estate company is the best to work for. I live in schenectady, ny .

Asked by Crystal Bellamy, Niskayuna, NY Sun Mar 24, 2013

I want to know which companies has the best options for first time agents. Like no start or very low start up fees, training programs, fair commission rates, and software and business card fees to the first time agent.

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Janet Nation,…, Agent, Baldwin, NY
Sun Mar 24, 2013
Hi Crystal,

Available training and mentoring should be the key when looking for a company to hold your license and not how much of your commission you get to hold on to. Many agents fail miserable because they want desert before dinner. Don't fall into that trap otherwise you career will be short lived or less than fruitful. The larger franchises tend to do better with training from my personal experience and observation but also note you're going to have take the initiative and do much of the training on your own. At the end of the day you're going to be an independent contractor and have to hold your own. All the best.

Janet Nation, CBR
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Jeanne Feeni…, Agent, Basking Ridge, NJ
Sun Mar 31, 2013
I agree that when you start out a structured training program with mentoring is your best bet. The traditional brokerages generally offer this. It will cut into your split, but you need to learn the trade. Once you do, you can explore other options.

Just my advice, that is how I went about it and it worked pretty well for me.

Good luck and best,
Jeanne Feenick
Unwavering Commitment to Service, Unsurpassed Results
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John Peitler, Agent, NY,
Thu Mar 28, 2013
Please call Dennis at 212-714-1027 for more information. Best of luck to you.
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Patrick Pier…, Agent, New York, NY
Mon Mar 25, 2013
new york real estate institute
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Akil Walker, Agent, Upper Marlboro, MD
Sun Mar 24, 2013
Hi Crystal

Good luck with your real estate courses and test. I would suggest you interview with a few different brokerages large, small, medium to get a feel of what is comfortable for you.

I started with Exit and it has lot of free online training, no desk fees, mentoring etc. But with any company the office is only as good as the broker who owns so schedule an interview with any broker you are thinking about joining and have your questions ready.

Good luck your real estate ventures.
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Jennifer Fiv…, Agent, Red Hook, NY
Sun Mar 24, 2013
You should interview at several agency to get a feel for the place. Sign with the one that feels like the right fit. Of course that would be after asking the questions that are important to you.

Also talk to agents connected to the firms you interviewed at.,

The choice is up to you. So do some homework.
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raffaele sac…, Agent, New York, NY
Sun Mar 24, 2013
Probably like a company like century 21 or keller williams... they help you out. Make sure you have plenty of saving, because its not as easy as everyone thinks. Its a cut throat business with bipolar personalities. That's the best advised.
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Anna Gimpel, Agent, Newport News, VA
Sun Mar 24, 2013
There are so many companies out there - and there are many that you would probably have a good fit. Find one that provides training and wants to help you achieve your goals. Also doesn't hurt to talk to multiple companies before making a decision so that you can compare what one does versus another
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Jerry Trudell, Agent, NY,
Sun Mar 24, 2013
A new agent needs good training/guidance, and good advertizing support. Most new agents do not have a large advertizing budget, so it is helpful to find a firm with good ad support . Our firm provides free Craigslist and New York Times ads along with the ads on our company website, which have a direct feed to 20 other websites. However we are in Manhattan which may not be where you are looking., but the above is what I think that you should look for in a firm so you can get a good start.
Getting a good start is important as 90% of new agents do not make it through their first year.
Call me at 917-995-5064 if you have any questions..
Jerry Trudell
Licensed Real Estate Agent
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Michelangelo…, , New York, NY
Sun Mar 24, 2013
Hello Crystal, I passed the state exam about a month and a half ago and I found Key New York to be an excellent firm to get the ball rolling. They have tons of listings, no desk fees and they pair you up with a senior agent for a few months to help you get the deals in. I'm not sure if your looking for a company in NYC, but if so Key New York is definitely worth checking out.
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