Looking for advice for a sales associate looking to begin his real estate career in Southern California? Companies or brokerages I should target?

Asked by Charles Tobias, Culver City, CA Mon Dec 21, 2009

Starting out in Real Estate as a sales associate in Southern California. I recently became licensed and would like to start off in the right direction targeting brokerages in Southern California

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Richard Schu…, Agent, Los Angeles, CA
Mon Dec 21, 2009

I am the assistant manager at Keller Williams in Westwood. I would be happy to speak with you on the phone in depth to answer your question. We offer a full training class for new agents, in conjunction with ongoing training for specific fields to expand your knowledge. We also offer either a mentorship or coaching program. The coaching program is more independent and involves a coach to motivate you and keep you on target, while training you along the way. The mentorship program is where you work with an agent like me, who gives you buyers and seller to work with in a partnership setting. This is a hands on program to help you learn by doing.

I look forward to speaking with you,

Richard Schulman
#1 Listing and Selling Agent KW Westside
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Jessica Dodge, , Campbell, CA
Mon Dec 21, 2009
Great question. HAve you checked out Keller Williams Realty? Our company is agent-centric and we actually share a portion of your profits with our agents. You should ask that question to every company that you interview. It's an additional source of residual income and it has made a wonderful difference for my family and I. Please let me know if you'd like more information.

Please let me know if you'd like for me to send you additional information.
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Keith Sorem, Agent, Glendale, CA
Mon Dec 21, 2009
Training and on -going continuing education are essential. I started in a small boutique brokerage where we had "training" but it did not focus on productivity.

If you plan to make money your first year in real estate, then you need to work with people that are doing what you need to do, not just teach it or talk about it.

You are welcome to contact me if you have specific questions. Read SHIFT and The Millionaire Real Estate Agent books by Gary Keller.

Good luck.
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Mike King, Agent, Los Angeles, CA
Mon Dec 21, 2009
Interview all the companies in your area. You will be glad you did. There are a lot of differences and you should spend some time now rather than switch later on. I stayed with the first company I joined when I first got in the business for 8 years. Most important is to feel at home with the people you will be surrounded with every day. Good energy is extremely important in this business. Good luck in your search and feel free to email if you would like more information on The Partners Trust. By the way, understand that at some companies agents get paid to bring on new agents. I promote my company because I believe in what they are doing and do not receive any compensation.
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Catherine "C…, Agent, Metuchen, NJ
Mon Dec 21, 2009
Hi Ctobiasjr

Welcome to Trulia-
I am assuming you are looking to be a full time agent. Look for mentoring, coaching and training, they should be your bigest factors in deciding which broker to join.

Keller Williams is big on training-

I hope it helps-
Cathy Chaudemanche
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Rebecca Cham…, , Palos Verdes Estates, CA
Mon Dec 21, 2009
Every company is different and has a different feel. I would suggest you go speak to the manager or broker of the different companies in your area. Find out what sort of training or mentoring they offer and meet some of the agents and you'll "click" at one or more office. Congratulations on your new career choice!
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