Which brokerage firms gives the best FREE training for new Sales Agents in East Bay? Walnut Creek or Oakland?

Asked by Sandra, Oakland, CA Sun Sep 23, 2012

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John Souerbry, Agent, Fairfield, CA
Mon Sep 24, 2012
There aren't any.
Someone is paid to conduct the training and the managing broker looks to re-coup that cost from YOU as you begin generating income for the brokerage. If it was truly free you wouldn't want it. Anything that costs nothing is worth exactly that - nothing.
You don't need training, anyway, you need mentoring. The big difference is experience. Forget webinars, classrooms and dancing gurus who try to hold you "accountable." You don't need any of that, nobody does. The fastest way to ramp up your knowledge, skills and income is to hook up with a mentor who involves you daily in real-world transactions. Consider what you want to do in real estate and find a mentor who knows that side of the business and is willing to take you on. It doesn't matter where that mentor hangs his/her license, or even if the mentor is an independent. Brokerages don't make a great agent - you have to do that for yourself. But start with mentoring and forget training, it went out of style in the days of disco.
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John, I think you are righ about mentoring on real life transactions. But what is the typical split in commissions for a mentor who won't compete with your listings?
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Carla Pennin…, Agent, Georgetown, TX
Sun Sep 23, 2012
I seriously question the use of the term "free" from the big names. They make up for it in the commission split. I've been able to obtain wonderful training in many different forms from classes, webinars, and other services - some free, most paid for by me - and have come out far ahead on the money. I love working for my small, local broker because of the easy access and communication with him.
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Maria Cipoll…, Agent, Coral Springs, FL
Mon Sep 24, 2012
It will be easy if you only need training but if you can get link your local market presence to a huge and growing real estate family that is in 71 countries with about 7600 offices and 145,000 agents, will be excellent for you.

Explore your options before you take a decision.

Best of Luck,

Maria E. Cipollone

Century 21 Tenace

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Fred Shelton, , Oakland, CA
Mon Sep 24, 2012
Keller Williams Tri-Valley Realty in Pleasanton. Excellent mentoring program. A training company that happens to be in the business of real estate. Other goodies, not enough room to talk about. We also have local market centers (offices) in Danville & Walnut Creek. YouTube us @ SheltonSellingTeam..."Reasons to work with Keller Williams."
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Liz Stevens, Agent, Berkeley, CA
Sun Sep 23, 2012
Ah, but you never came to speak to me at Prudential on Piedmont Avenue. Ask any of my agents what their experience of training and support working for me is. then, perhaps you should re-measure...
Liz Stevens
Prudential California Realty
4143 Piedmont Avenue
Oakland, CA 94611
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Laura Rivera, Agent, Castro Valley, CA
Sun Sep 23, 2012
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. There are offices in Oakland and Walnut Creek.
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Cindy Davis, Agent, San Diego, CA
Sun Sep 23, 2012
For training, I think the big names do it best. Keller Williams is big, as are Caldwell Banker, Century 21 and Prudential.

Good luck.
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