Nirav Patel, Real Estate Pro in Austin, TX

Im thinking of changing Brokers I would like to know which company is the most reliable when it comes to training and making successful Agents.

Asked by Nirav Patel, Austin, TX Wed Dec 8, 2010

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Jeffrey Nyla…, , Austin, TX
Thu Dec 9, 2010
Hello Nirav,

I hope you are having a super day! You have a great question here however; you may be staring opportunity right in the face. In fact, I bet you are smart enough to already know the opportunity I am about to mention and you have already started putting your process in into motion by asking your question.

The opportunity I speak of is; rather than run from your current broker who probably needs a smart quality agent like you, become the trainer of successful agents for your broker! You can do it and I feel that you will be the “Yoda” in no time!

Real Estate is a wonderful game where you will learn by taking steps and you will never stop learning. There are easily more than 2,732,429 ways to make money in Real Estate and I can see that you are well on your way! You already have what it takes to move forward since your first step was to send in your question. Now, start compiling all the information you are starting to receive and use it to create opportunity!

I recommend too start building your Real Estate knowledge by “rubbing elbows” with some of the “movers and shakers” in our business who fully understand how to create business! Pick their brains and watch the flood gates of knowledge open! Just start with Betty Turner and Linda Conway over at JB Goodwin--real amazing! I still use there training material to this day! The Morgan’s at AIRE have a world of wealth to share also…just ask!

Take everything you learn and turn your broker’s firm into the one other agents look to. Heck, I see you with your own brokers license, published training tools, etc, etc. in no time!

I wish you all the very best!

Jeffrey Nyland, REALTOR®, GRI, SRS
The Nyland Team
Prudential Texas Realty
512-626-8552 (Direct)
512-267-3640 (Fax)
Jeffrey@NylandTeam.com
http://www.NylandTeam.com
Jeffrey Nyland TX AUC# 16644
Exceeding Expectations!
Web Reference:  http://NylandTeam.com
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The Homecity…, Agent, Austin, TX
Wed Dec 8, 2010
Hi Nirav,

It sounds like you are experiencing the same challenge most agents are facing, how do I build a real estate career! As you are probably aware, over 80% of newly licensed agents are out of the industry within 2 years. Yes that is a staggering number.

While many of the traditional brokerages have training programs and will discuss the importance of "brand", the reality of the situation is that you need clients which typically they don't provide. I would recommend you find a brokerage firm that provides both training and most importantly provides you with a continuous source of clients.

Our brokerage firm HomeCity Real Estate does both, in-depth sales training and we provide our agents with prescreened buyer referrals. If you are interested in learning more I would suggest you visit our website http://www.homecity.com.

Good luck!

Philip Artt
President
HomeCity Real Estate
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Cindy Crawfo…, Agent, Round Rock, TX
Wed Dec 8, 2010
Hi Nirav,
When I moved back to Texas from Colorado (I was with GMAC in Colorado), I interviewed many companies and Keller Williams won out hands down. We have systems, models, training, coaching - literally everything you need at your disposal. Bottomline is, you have to be willing to use the systems and models to be successful...you make your success with the tools that are available to you! I like the "tools" KW offers. I would love to visit with you about the MREA (Millionaire Real Estate Agent) model. If you haven't read the book...do, no matter what brokerage you chose! Gary Keller wrote it and he is right here in Austin, TX! It is very significant in the real estate world today. Call, txt or email me if you want to know more about why I chose the KW team.
Cindy Crawford, REALTOR®
Keller Williams Realty-Lake Travis
(512)522-5002 Phone
(512)410-3531 Fax
1921 Lohman's Crossing #100
Austin, TX 78734
CindyCrawford@kw.com
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Catherine "C…, Agent, Metuchen, NJ
Thu Dec 9, 2010
Welcome to Trulia-

As other agents rightly mentioned, no one is going to make you successful. However the Brokerage House you work for is critical in helping you to reach success by providing you with the tools and support that can make the difference between success and not.
I think that Keller Williams can help most agents to be successful if they have the drive to be so...
Training is almost overwhelming and is a weekly thing...
Many partners, tools and technology to market, generate leads, etc...
Probably one of the strongest culture and support I have seen...
Profit sharing /residual income...
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Jeffrey Nyla…, , Austin, TX
Thu Dec 9, 2010
Aaaah..here we go, Nirav!

Just ask and you will receive! Mark Weber has some really great info to share! I would take it and run…heck, I am!

Also, for cutting edge news you can really use in Real Estate, I would contact Gina Nyland with Prudential Texas Realty (Gina@NylandTeam.com) for successful and beneficial tools. Gina is a Tech Savvy-Real Estate Whiz Kid who specializes in creating opportunity and has built a super Real Estate business.

All the best!

Jeffrey Nyland, REALTOR®, GRI, SRS
The Nyland Team
Prudential Texas Realty
512-626-8552 (Direct)
512-267-3640 (Fax)
Jeffrey@NylandTeam.com
http://www.NylandTeam.com
Jeffrey Nyland TX AUC# 16644
Exceeding Expectations!
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Mark Weber, Agent, Naples, FL
Thu Dec 9, 2010
Nirav,

Since most have answered your question about training - which is important - I will answer the last part regarding "making successful agents."

As a broker, I can tell you that No broker is going to make you a successful agent. Successful agents make themselves. They take the tools given them in training and use them to carve out niches. Truthfully, most of the time they simply outwork and outsmart their colleagues and competitors.

I can teach my agents till I'm blue in the face to blog, sign-up for Trulia and other Realtor networking sites. If they don't do the work or take my advice, they will never be successful.

What I really feel you asking here is how can you be a success in real estate? Here's the answer:

*Work every day from 8 AM to 7 PM for the first few years. In the current market, which is difficult for us all, I am back to this schedule and I've been in the business for 20 years.

*Stop talking to other agents and start talking to clients. Sitting in the office and shooting the &#!* with fellow agents is great, but it will get you nowhere fast. Eventually the only time you need to talk to another agent is when you're striking a deal, making a showing appointment or at the annual Christmas party.

*Select an Area of Greatness. Stand out from the crowd. This is hard for new agents to figure out, but you have to set yourself apart from every other agent in town. Be the master of something: the greatest listing presentation in town, the agent who always gets the details correct in the MLS or the tech savvy agent with all the latest gadgets from the Apple store. Be known for something and make your mind up that you will be the best in town at your chosen area of greatness.

*Know your #1 Job..............."To Protect the Public."

*Stop using the word "leads" and change it to "Future Clients."

*Have goals for how many listings and future clients you want each year, quarter, month, week.

*Track your marketing $'s and adjust them according to where you are getting the most results.

*Think of it as your own business and hire an assistant (after a few sales) even if you think you can't afford it.

* Reinvest your commissions in your business, save money for taxes and spend wisely.

*Make time to spend with your family. If you don't your success won't be worth it.
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Jessica Noon…, Agent, Medford, NJ
Thu Dec 9, 2010
If you have a Weichert, Realtors near you, I have found that they, hands down, have the best training and overall assistance in my area.

Interviewing with different brokers is key too. Every office is different, even within a company. The environment will change based on the leadership of the office manager/broker as well as the agents working within the office.

Determine what is most important to you and start speaking to other brokers in your area to discuss your concerns. You should get a feel immediately for the office and their ability to train and guide you.

But know, YOU are the only one in control of making YOU a successful agent! Best of luck!

Sincerely,

Jessica E. Nooney
Weichert Realtors
(609) 654-8633 Ext. 121
(609) 276-8183 (CELL)
(609) 479-5333 (Direct Fax)
jnooney@weichert.com
http://www.yourjerseyrealtor.com

"Helping You Reach Your Real Estate Goals - Buying or Selling"
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Rosa Schmid, Agent, Austin, TX
Wed Dec 8, 2010
Nirav, I am with Keller Williams Realty, the best company in Austin. Their training is fantastic. Call me or email me and I will tell you about the company, I can also put you in touch with our broker. Call me.
Rosa Schmid, GRI, ABR, Realtor
Keller Williams Realty
Cel. 512-366-0681
email: rosaschmid@hotmail.com
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Bill Ley, , Austin, TX
Wed Dec 8, 2010
KW has the best reputation for training. when I was first starting out I took some of their course, but quit because it was mainly "Salesmanship 101," not really nuts and bolts real estate. I did quit very early so that may not be a fair assessment. Back then I also heard that JBGoodwin had a good program. But...

If you have common sense and follow the Golden Rule, formal classroom "training" may not be what you need as much as a mentor. Someone who will BE there WHEN you need him, to answer specific questions. Not someone who lets his phone go to voice mail. Someone who will take time to have lunch and see how you’re doing.

If you're interested in a special area (real estate for senior citizens, short sales...) there are people who have all those letters after thier names who probably know more than the rest of us about those areas.

Maybe what you need is confidence more than training. Confidence only comes with experience. You just need to DO it. Let people know you're a beginner, don't hide it. And face up to, and apologize for, the little mistakes every beginner makes. If you’re putting the effort, people will hire you over the most experienced Realtor who isn’t. If you're doing your best, good people will forgive you. The not-so-good you can do without anyway.

BUT, absolutely do have someone behind you who won't let you make the big mistakes. Ask to see their E&O insurance policy. Buy one yourself for extra coverage - you don't want to make a mistake that hurts someone and have no resources to make it right.

Real Estate isn't rocket science. You probably know more than you think! Be honest, work hard, and good luck.
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Gwynn Carpen…, Agent, Austin, TX
Wed Dec 8, 2010
Nirav-most agents have answered with KW or Goldwasser as the best companies but what do you really want out of a career as a Realtor? You should make appointments with small, medium and Mega companies to decide which fits your personality and philosophy fo real estate.
Having worked in a large Texas owned firm for several years before opening my own small but dynamic company, I would choose small over large anytime. Training can be obtained from many sources - talk with veteran Realtors at the companies that interest you....I've found mentoring to be the best training one can get....and it should continue even after you've been in the business awhile - this industry is ever changing and no one person can know it all!

Good luck with your decision!
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Cindy Crawfo…, Agent, Round Rock, TX
Wed Dec 8, 2010
What Mike was referring to when he said it "will cost you about $20,000" is the cap on your split, but in addition to some of the best training and training material, you also get great exposure (I closed at least one deal a month from phone opportunity my first six months of being licensed in Texas-that was in the Round Rock office), a website, email, a very familiar name to people looking to buy or sell in this area, access to great equipment and people! In the long run. it could "cost you" more to go elsewhere.
Cindy Crawford, REALTOR®
Keller Williams Realty-Lake Travis
(512)522-5002 Phone
(512)410-3531 Fax
1921 Lohman's Crossing #100
Austin, TX 78734
CindyCrawford@kw.com
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Dennis Young, Agent, Austin, TX
Wed Dec 8, 2010
Keller Williams of course.!
If you live up North, we have a market center there; but the best is the, South West Market Center "SWMC".
1801 S.Mopac.Exp (512) 448-4111 and tell them,
Dennis sent you (please)
They are the largest in Austin and 3 rd largest in the States.
Excellent support and coaching/training. Always something happening in that office.
Like to see you at our Tuesday Morning Meeting & property tour,
Dennis Young - 512.963.3471
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Mike Luzzo, , Orlando, FL
Wed Dec 8, 2010
I guess Keller Williams wins! I was with them almost 4 years. I still recommend them to any agent, new or looking for trining and support. It will cost you approximately $20,000 to have it, but if you want it - they're the best.



Happy Holidays!

Thank you
Mike Luzzo
Charles Rutenberg Realty
933 Lee Road, Suite 300
Orlando, FL 32810
Office: (407) 622-2122
Cell: (407) 222-4545
Fax: 407-442-0615
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Greg, Agent, Austin, TX
Wed Dec 8, 2010
We were the top sales team for Keller Williams in Austin for years and then the top agent Worldwide for them for the last 2 years we were there, so we know the system and the company very well. Of all the major brokerages it absolutely has the best training. However here at Goldwasser we have taken training and systems to an entire new level. All agents participate in the same consistent best in class training. There is a 30 day intensive training program and then ongoing Masterminds and lunch n learns. We have taken many brand new agents to $9 - 12 million dollar producers. They are able to do this while still having a balanced life since our systems take care of so many of the tedious details that most agents have to deal with. If you are in the market to find a new broker then you owe it to yourself to come and talk to us.
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Bruce Lynn, Agent, Coppell, TX
Wed Dec 8, 2010
There's a few things I would check on when interviewing any new broker.
Is there a training room?
Are there both in-house and online training?
What is the cost?
Can I see a schedule of the upcoming training?
What specific materials do you have to train me to be successful?
These five questions will separate the talkers from those who take action.

You're in Austin so you should check out the books "Millionaire Real Estate Agent", "Shift" and "Soci@l".
We can probably get you one of those books for free if you would like to take time to meet with
a Keller Williams Team Leader. Let me know if I can set up an appointment for you.
Web Reference:  http://www.teamlynn.com
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Tara Donahue, , Austin, TX
Wed Dec 8, 2010
Brooks is right, Keller Williams does pay us for any production done by other agents we sponsor into the company...I forgot to mention that as another reason why KW is so nice! That is passive income you can have for years to come! It also is a bonus because your sponsor helps you get started and producing quickly because it helps you and them as well! It's really a great idea!
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Sam Lemelle, Agent, Austin, TX
Wed Dec 8, 2010
This is a great time to join Nextage Lincoln Ray Realty. We have mentors that work with you one on one. We focus on helping you building a team and a retirement plan. You can earn commissions from all 50 states! There is no company out there at this time that comes close to what we offer. We do new home sales, resales, large land sales, commercial sales and leases. There is nothing better than siting in a new home sales office and trying to sale them a new home and still doing your resale business. If you get a chance please contact me at (512) 694-1288

What makes our firm different? - No desk fees - Keep more of your commission splits - Completely integrated technology (phone, web, computer)- whether in one of our offices or mobile. - Growing & Dynamic real estate company - Strong web presence and marketing support - In-bound leads generated weekly - Our firm has many in-house properties to market as well
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Brandon Faug…, Agent, Austin, TX
Wed Dec 8, 2010
Hi Nirav,

I started my career 3 years ago and asked the same question. I researched a lot of companies and joined the Goldwasser Team of Keller Williams because they were the number one Keller Williams Team Worldwide and the training from that group was unparralleled as well as the ongoing support. Since then the company has become and independant broker and raised the bar in training and agent support. I did not know anything about real estate and my first 6 months sold about 3 million and 7 million my first full year. I owe it to the training and ongoing support from the broker. I have access to a personal coach, personal training, office space, weekly team training and the best is our Agent Concierge Service that does whatever I need. I truly believe the training and support is the best in Austin

You can call me if you have any questions. http://www.goldwasserrealestate.com/about-us

Brandon Faught
Goldwasser Real Estate
791-5209
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Donna Ciccar…, , Austin, TX
Wed Dec 8, 2010
Success tends to breed success and I have found that to be true with Goldwasser Real Estate. Chad Goldwasser was the NO. 1 real estate agent nationally and had the No. 1 team for several years running at Keller Williams. He decided to open his own brokerage about two years ago to create a committed team of agents who are willing to work hard and operate from a servant's heart. The first year did have some kinks to work out since it was new, but I can honestly say Goldwasser Real Estate has absolutely the best training and systems in place to help you be successful. Goldwasser now has the best in Client Services with people who take care of the listing paper work, the marketing efforts, scheduling photographers, flyer development and distribution (no more keeping the flyer boxes filled yourself), interactive voice response system, buyer qualification system, inside sales team, contract to close management, and more! When I did the math, I would pay an assistant about the same amount it costs me in the commission split to pay for Client Services and I sincerely doubt I would be able to get the level and consistency of service that I receive at Goldwasser. The training is exceptional! I was at ReMax and Coldwell Banker in the past and althought their training is good, Goldwasser training is even better - scripts, dialogues, up to date statistics, role playing, shadowing, etc. It's worth a look! I have been a licensed agent since 1997 and have worked real estate for over 20 years, and by far I feel I have learned how to hone my skills much better under the direction of Goldwasser, because you are offered new training and "rehearsals" each week to increase the depth and consistency of your skills. The opportunities to shadow successful agents are available, and every agent helps each other. Everyone genuinely cares about your success! Feel free to give me a call to discuss further. 512-736-3124, and ask for Donna.
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Greg Fowler, Agent, Dallas, TX
Wed Dec 8, 2010
I unquestionably believe that Keller Williams leads all others in this area. I have worked for Century 21, my own company and now Keller Williams.

When I made the decision to rejoin a large company I interviewed a number of the national firms. I based my final decision to join Keller Williams on three criteria:

a) The incredible entrepreneurial feel of the company - I still use the branding that I established for my company along with the Keller Williams brand. I am free to market as I choose, make business decisions as I chooose, and develop/operate my brand. Keller Williams is incredibly supportive of the efforts that I invest in myself.

b) Access to world class training. There is a plethera of training available through the Keller Williams system. A significant portion of it is free. That which you have to pay for is very reasonably priced. I just attend THE BEST sales prospecting training that I have ever attend. During the 7 week period that the course ran (during Oct and Nov) I added about $2.5-3MM of real estate to my sales funnel. The commissions stream will many a times return on my investment.

c) The values of the company. Many firms claim to have a values statement for their company. Keller Williams actually operates the company bassed on the values that they put forth. The integrity and teamwork withing this organziation are unequalled in the real estate industry.

Hope you'll join us. If I can answer any questions for you, please feel free to give me a call. I would be happy to share my experience with you, as I just went through the same decision you are trying to make last year.

Greg Fowler
214-215-8097
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Betina Forem…, Agent, Austin, TX
Wed Dec 8, 2010
Dear Nirav,
I would interview many brokerages. The big ones like Coldwell Banker and Keller Williams offer lots of free training. Many of the smaller firms have free training as well. Don't forget your contacts with various title companies probably offer training too. In my opinion you need to find a broker that is a good fit for your personality and selling style. Personally I am not a big company type of person, but the choice is yours. I wish you luck on making the change.

Sincerely,
Betina
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Kim Dimmett, , Austin, TX
Wed Dec 8, 2010
I concur with the first two - Keller Williams. In addition to phenomenal training, they are rolling out an integrated system to track leads, contacts and manage paperless transactions. I'd be happy to discuss them more with you, if you'd like.

Kim Dimmett
Realtor
Keller Williams at Lake Travis
1921 Lohman's Crossing, Ste 100
Austin, TX 78734
512.439.7751
Web Reference:  http://www.kimsellstexas.com
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John Watts, Agent, Austin, TX
Wed Dec 8, 2010
Niraw,

I agree with Tara who answer this question first. I have been with the company over 9 years after being in technolgy for 38 years. Their great training program was the main reason I joined Keller Williams.
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1st Zero-Emi…, , Austin, TX
Wed Dec 8, 2010
Keller Williams Realty is by far.
If you are in Austin Tx, you should certainly take advantage of the Keller Williams network. Keller Williams was founded here in Austin, and owns the market share here.
The training program is phenomenal, the support you receive is a game changer for your business, and the sky is your only limit to success.
Have you read The Millionaire Real Estate Agent? surely you have. Have you read "Shift?"
If not, come on by my office and I'll give you a copy. And, I'll show you around our office. It's the largest real estate office in the nation, with over 550 Agents under this Broker.

Again, the Keller Williams network here in Austin is so powerful, you should explore it.

you can call me direct or send me a message here
http://www.shawnmon.com/atj/user/CareerFormGetAction.do
Web Reference:  http://www.ShawnMon.com
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Tara Donahue, , Austin, TX
Wed Dec 8, 2010
I'm sure all have their pluses and minuses. I like Keller Williams because they have a ton of training. I did $3M in sales my first 6 months in the business, thanks in part to their trainings! I also like that they have a cap on the amount of commissions you have to pay in. Feel free to contact me if you'd like me to show you around our office and answer more questions for you!
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Warren P. Wi…, Agent, Round Rock, TX
Wed Dec 8, 2010
I am interested in seeing the answers to this one.
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