Ellen and all,
Prudential offices are now operating under the banner of Berkshire Hathaway.
I do not know if the same philosophy and programs for which Prudential was known carried over to BH.
Rick, the 'best' can only be determined based on what you need.
As a new business owner (all REALTORS are small business owners) you completed a business plan that established some parameters for your business, who will be your customers. how you will reach those customers, the physical description of your product and the methods available to you to get your business started. With a business plan, you have an idea, a suggestion of your destination.
How can any one help you get to where you want to go if you don't know where you are going?
Now your question becomes, "Who is the best real estate company to get me engaged in selling transactions within 30 days, in the city of Knoxville for 3/4 bedroom single family homes, valued around $300,000, for move up or downsizing seller, and using traditional selling methods?"
Variations can be 'buyers' or 'foreclosure' or 'golf course" or leveraging vertical markets such as your police dept or healthcare or community or social connectivity.
Again, if you have no direction, you can not complain regarding where you end up. Most newbies never see their 2nd year anniversary. Why? Because the real estate industry is sell'n those newbies train'n instead of opportunity.
The outfit you should join will be the one who demonstrates they have a mutually aligned interest and presents a real plan to get you involved in transactions relevant to your goal, IMMEDIATELY.
You learn by doing, NOT warming a stool in a conference room.
If you fail to heed my warning you will be regarded as a fish. Two years from now, you will be the stupid fish that could not climb a tree. This failure is neither the fault fo the fish or the tree but the one who put them together, the BROKER!
Best of success,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group
Palm Harbor, FL