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Asked by Kenny, Sevier County, TN Mon Aug 3, 2009

real estate firm for a smaller firm. My main reasons for leaving is a 40 minute difference in drive time, a 10 percent pay increase and I would be closer to my listings and my area of work. What is keeping me going on with the change is I dont know if in the long run if it is worth it. The larger firm is a national company and the smaller is a local company. When someone chooses a realtor is the decision based on the company or is it based on the person?

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Andrew Herren, Agent, Milledgeville, GA
Tue Aug 4, 2009
Erica could not be more right. Brand yourself, don't use the company brand. I've worked for 3 companies in 6 years,some big and some small. It really doesn't seem to make that much diffrence if buyers and seller want you. I've had plenty of buyers that did not even know who I worked for. If you are emailing from a company server,stop now. Have all of your email correspondence through a yahoo or similiar account.
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Dale Austin, Agent, Indian Trail, NC
Mon Aug 3, 2009
Personally, I wouldn't ever want to work for a smaller local company. Our office gets a good bit of internet based business in which the buyer finds us because our name is nationally known. It's hard to look on the internet for Jack's Realty, when you've never heard of Jack because you are 600 miles away. A nationally known company has a name recognition advantage over the local real estate firms. Also in the case of the company I work for there is so much offered to us as far as training, technology, career development, tools that we can use to grow our business. I have worked for both small and large companies and the tools and resources that are made available to me with the larger firm just weren't there before. The larger office has more listings which mean more cold calls into the office. Consider staying where you are and working a good bit of the time from a home office. Having a good personality is a great asset, but if the larger companies are getting more of the business because it's a well known name....enough said. If you're not getting all the training, technology and career development tools I was mentioning from the national firm you work for, I'd like to introduce you to the team leader at the Keller Williams, Knoxville office. Contact me and I'll have her contact you.
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Kenny, , Sevier County, TN
Mon Aug 3, 2009

One other concern that I have is that I am a new agent. I have had my license for about a year but have only been active in selling for a bout 6 months. One concern that I have is the education that the "big boys " offer online. I consider myself a go gitter and am working on my second closing. Should education play a part in this decision?
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Erica McClen…, , Raleigh, NC
Mon Aug 3, 2009
Personally, I've worked for the "big boys" and on my own as a "little guy". It make NO difference if you are a go getter and learn to establish yourself as an expert. You should work on creating your name and not working under the radar of your company name.

Use the 10% raise to do that and save the $ from gas savings! :-)
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