I am getting my Florida real estate license and would like some advice on what would be the best real estate company to join in Miami.

Asked by Patrick Yepez, Miami Beach, FL Tue Jan 11, 2011

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Agonzalez, Home Buyer, Miami, FL
Thu Feb 14, 2013
Nothing like Easy Home Realty. They offer free training every week, very professional people willing to help you, they are in Miami-Dade Kendall they also have two more locations one in Orlando and another one in Fort Myers.
call me if you want more inf. 786-523-1701
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Sharyn Willa…, Agent, Blanchard, OK
Sun Jul 13, 2014
Coldwell Banker HANDS DOWN....
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Jennifer Mcc…, Agent, Miami, FL
Tue Jan 11, 2011
Yepez, it really depends on your location but in Miami-Dade or Broward, EWM would be the one to go with. Do your research and make sure you don't just concentrate on the split. A company's resources, affiliates, training and name recognition, are all very important things to consider.

Good luck!

Jennifer McCloskey
Broker Associate
Web Reference:  http://www.ewm.com
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Edyta Gryc, Agent, Naperville, IL
Tue Jan 11, 2011
I agree with Mike, I work for the same company-Coral Shores Realty since my move to FL in 2005-Great company-# 1 brokerage office in the state of Florida-great broker-Ron Cika.
Give him a call and tell that me and Mike recommended the company.
You can go 90/10 or montly desk fee-100% commission.
Good luck!
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Mike Wald, Agent, Orlando, FL
Tue Jan 11, 2011
Welcome Yepez,

Try Coral Shores Realty, talk to Ron Cicca, he is a great Broker and they have a wanderfull suport.
Comission 90/10.
He is my broker!!!

Mike Wald
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lbamisfine, , Miami, FL
Tue Aug 12, 2014
Looking to manage properties in South Beach, Miami Beach areas for investors, or absentee landlords. I have 22 years. Any advice on which companies would be the best to join?
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Mangquell Ca…, Agent, Opa Locka, FL
Mon Jul 28, 2014
You don't want to just hang your license in a brokers showcase for all their customers to see how many agents he/she employs. You have a unique skill set. Interview brokers and put your expectations on the table. Know your farm area of interest. If the brokerage has 3 agents already farming that area it already saturated with their faces and advertising.
Call me and I can tell you why I think The Real Estate Experts is probably as good as any other big box brokerage.
Manny Hayes....305-652-9343
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Deborah Glad…, Agent, Lees Summit, MO
Tue Apr 29, 2014
Reece And Nichols in KCMO has it Brand here, and has a great reputation. On the other hand, as soon as receive my license, I starting interviewing different agencies, to see who would work with my life style the best. My school provided me with a series of questions to ask I would be more than happy to share them with anyone.
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Stephanie Le…, Agent, Miami Lakes, FL
Tue Apr 29, 2014
Realty Empire in Miami Lakes. Managing Broker offers tons of support to help you market your brand and succeed in real estate . Check out http://www.realtyempire.net/join-our-team
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Carol Claudon, Agent, Seminole, FL
Thu Oct 3, 2013
I have two words: SHOP, COMPARE


Carol Claudon
Seminole, FL
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Jeremy Weinb…, Agent, Longwood, FL
Thu Oct 3, 2013
If you are looking to sell full time as a Realtor, The Keyes company is a top notch company in the South Florida market.

If you are not wanting to pay the fees by join the Board of Realtors or the MLS. A real estate referral company is a great option. Take a look at http://www.ParkPlaceNetwork.com for a company that pays back top dollar.
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John Walin, Agent, Libertyville, IL
Sat Feb 12, 2011
Do Florida agents like to work at offices that do transactional brokerage exclusively? Many managing brokers forbid the associates in their offices to do exclusive buyer agency and i don't see the rub. Should that be a factor for Yepez?
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Carlos Del A…, Agent, Coral Gables, FL
Tue Jan 18, 2011
Yepez , Congratulations on your courage to enter this crazy and wonderful profession called REAL ESTATE.
The market is tough today as you may know. In times of difficulty can create opportunities.

Now, what agency should I work for? That is the million dollar question. Do you go with a higher payout company or a reputable name brand company? Do you make a decision on the the broker you interviewed because they were referred or the franchise itself?

Here is a little tale of reality:

After being in financial services for over 13 years I decided to take on real estate sales full time. It happened in late 2004. I started out with one of the Big 3 and during the heyday of real estate as the bubble was being created they offered a 1 month 7 day a week training to recruit new agents as the market was sizzling. The training was more of an overview on how to fill out contracts, listing agreements and market yourself through the company brand. The training was sufficient if you wanted to brand the company you are with and not yourself which is not bad if you are just starting out. In the real estate business it is all about PERSONAL branding. The more you know, the more deals you close, the more people you meet, the more your income will rise despite where you hang you license.

Get Ready for Beauracry.

Most agents rant and rave about their company because they are happy with one of three things: their payout ,getting leads, or just don’t feel comfortable in making a move because of the comfort ZONE. I can guarantee you if any of those things change drastically you will be hearing a different tune. You will need to attend many meetings. If you like meetings and need that comfort of being in a so called “team environment” go for it but you will not learn anything in the real estate REAL WORLD that could have been accomplished in a 2 hour classroom with a properly trained instructor at the Board of realtors. Well as you can see I am not into wasting time.


As a broker in most cases I do not disagree with some of the fees because it takes money to run a brokerage operation, however some can be uncalled for. Be careful with payouts and fees.

Get everything in writing!

Never, never sign any document with a Broker until you have outlined everything you spoke about in detail. Trust me this will be your best advice.

Training (Important)

If I were to start my real estate career in today’s market I would only go to work with and agent or a broker regardless of company size who is willing to do the following:

1. Mentor me in this business.
2. Allowed me to shadow him everyday
3. Answer all or most of my questions
4. Give me direction
5. Create a Schedule
6. Compensate well for my efforts
7. Give it to me in writing

Good Luck in your endeavors and will leave you with this quote:

Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.

Thomas A. Edison


Carlos del Amo
Smart Growth Realty
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Madelyn Andr…, Agent, Miami, FL
Thu Jan 13, 2011
There are somethings you need to check out when joining a real estate company
1. Training
2. Payout
3. Office presentation
4. Company Reputation
I've been a real estate agent since 2006,I have visited and joined some real estate companies and the best I have found is Realty World Real Estate Center.
Check it out. You will love it.
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Tom Priester, Agent, Tequesta, FL
Wed Jan 12, 2011

Do yourself a favor and check out Keller Williams; the second largest and fastest growing real estate business in America. Their training is unbelievable and I would strongly suggest you pick up a copy of the Millionaire Real Estate Agent by Gary Keller. If you would like me to help set up a meeting please feel free to contact me and I will be happy to do so. I am on the Agent Leadership Council in the Jupiter office and love the company.

Best of luck and welcome to the wild and wacky world of real estate!

Always at Your Service,

Tom Priester e-PRO
"Results Driven Real Estate"

Keller Williams Realty
561 308-0175
Web Reference:  http://www.tompriester.com
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Dallas Texas, Agent, Dallas, TN
Wed Jan 12, 2011
Recommend to interview the companies you have an interest in Determine who matches your personality Many instances who you started your career with IS NOT who you stay with. I changed my license 3 times on the 3rd time found my home been there for 4 years

Lynn911 Dallas Realtor & Consultant, Loan Officer, Credit Repair Advisor
The Michael Group - Dallas Business Journal Top Ranked Realtors
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Mott Marvin…, Agent, Sunny Isles Beach, FL
Wed Jan 12, 2011

Gabriel Palotas knows his stuff. There are MANY reasons and lack of reasons to choose a certain firm to affiliate with. Perception is the main determining factor in my opinion. IF- Miami Beach is going to be your "farm area" ~ I would look at ALL the offices on The Beach.

SBI, Keyes, EWM, La Playa, Coldwell Banker, Keller Williams, etc.

You may need training and possibly some sort of income while you are getting your feet wet. Perhaps a small local firm that will give you a chance to EARN while you LEARN will work for you.

Miami Beach | South Beach | Bal Harbour
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gabriel palo…, Agent, Pompano Beach, FL
Wed Jan 12, 2011
Excellent question. Greed is a motivator and if you are one of those that looks for what you keep after a transaction go with an office that offers you the highest commission.
If you are one that needs to learn and need mentoring go with an office that provides you the best support.
If you are going to work out of your house like most realtors do to day it really does not matter if you go with one or with an other. In either case I would join an office that is the Member of the Board of Realtors they provide you all the mentoring and education you need and a good opportunity to network. As a independent contractor you are truly on your own. A good association with a broker or manager makes working a pleasure find one that is compatible.

Good Luck
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Well said, I agree, a good fit is paramount to a happy relationship. Brittle, abusive, caustic, and blatantly playing favorites leaves everyone begging...
Harmony is so important, feeling valued, receiving support, and knowing that the Manager has your back is very important.
Good Luck helps too! :-)
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Josie Hosein, Agent, Miami Lakes, FL
Tue Jan 11, 2011
I agree with Jaime Arana. You should start with a well known company, where you get the most training, and lots of support. Coldwell Banker is been in industry over 100 years, known in many countries over the entire world, number one in sales, and the most experienced in the business. You will not go wrong if you start with Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, you will learn to be a professional in the Real Estate business. I highly recommend it!

Josie Hosein - Realtor
Coldwell Banker Res. R.E.
Miami Lakes, FL
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Karina Furlin, Agent, Coral Gables, FL
Tue Jan 11, 2011
My number is
Karina Furlin
La Playa Properties
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Karina Furlin, Agent, Coral Gables, FL
Tue Jan 11, 2011
LA PLAYA PROPERTIES. i've been there since I got my license and they give you the best service and training. They are there for you without all those charges attached.
Moreover, they have been in the industry for the past 15 years and they are very well known. They have some many listings and walk by and floor time that you can inmediately start making money!
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Pamela Mayers, Agent, Coral Gables, FL
Tue Jan 11, 2011
Ewm is by far the best. They have the marketing programs and the training that will always keep you on top. They sell a million dollar home every 36 hours. Why work your way to the top when you can start there. We have a wonderful office on Miami Beach too. Good Luck!

Pam Mayers
EWM Realtor-Associate
Top 2% in the Nation
Cell: 305-216-5864
Web Reference:  http://pammayers.com
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Jaime Arana, Agent, Miami, FL
Tue Jan 11, 2011
The best thing you can do is go out and Interview the brokers from the most known companies - such as
Remax, Keller Williams, Coldwell Banker, Century 21- its alwasy best to start at a known Brand - and go with who you feel most confortable with and offer you the best advise !

Anything I can help you with - feel free to give me a call
Jaime - (305) 613-8463
Century 21
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Mike Wald, Agent, Orlando, FL
Tue Jan 11, 2011

I did forget to give you Ron Cicca's phone number (954) 334-0388, and let him know that Mike Wald and Edyta Gryc refered you to Coral Shores Realty.
They have many excellent offices in South Florida, I do work up in Orlando area.

Mike Wald
U.S.A.: Miami: +1 786 277-7744
Orlando: +1 407 965-2928
Brazil: Sao Paulo: +55 11 3013-2772
Israel: Tel-aviv: +972 57 945-5913
U.K.: London: +44 77 0003-3756
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Moises Ramos, Agent, Miami, FL
Tue Jan 11, 2011
Great first step! As the Broker/Owner of Alternative Realty Group I would be honored to have the opportunity in introducing you to all that we have to offer. We have a Great Company of very experienced Agents and Negotiators. Below is a list of some of the great things we offer:

 100% Payout from $1.00 - $1,000,000.00
 90% Payout from $1,000,001.00 and above
 $250.00 Sales Processing Fee
 $399.00 Sales Transaction Fee
 $30.00 per transaction or $280.00 per year E&O Fee
 90% Rental Payout
 80% BPO Agent Payout
 60% Appraisal Agent Payout

Please call me at 305-978-4796 so we can discuss your future. Thank you in advance for your interest.

Moises Ramos
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Tony McMahon, Agent, WHITE PLAINS, MD
Tue Jan 11, 2011
Congratulations, you have an important decision to make, I am an agent in Md with Exit Realty . Exit is the fastest growing Real Estate Company in North America and offers the most innovative business model as well as mentoring and marketing tools in the industry. Please take a few moments to review the attached video. After doing so please contact me so that we can coordinate a mtg with one of our ofices in the Miami Beach area that is closest to you.
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