This one is for agents. What made you choose the broker you are with? What are the things that would want?

Asked by Betsie Taber, Lakewood Ranch, FL Sat Jul 19, 2008

you to call it quits and go with another broker? Please try not to mention names of companies. Everybody knows that your company is the best!

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Pacita Dimac…, Agent, Oakland, CA
Sun Jul 20, 2008
More than five years ago, when changing my career from telecommunications to real estate, I called three different companies. At that time, I was still completing my real estate courses and didn't have a license yet.

One company wouldn't even talk to me (later, after sales under my belt, they kept asking me to join them!)
Another company wanted me to pay them $200 to attend their classes, and offered only a 50-50 split.
The receptionist of a the third company took my name, said that the broker will call me -- but the broker never did.

The fourth company, and for whom I still work, invited me to start attending their in-house classes, guided me through the process taking the test, getting my license, and then invited me and my partner to attend their annual holiday party. I felt at home instantly!

It helps that my company is one of the oldest and most respected agencies in town, has a good reputation, continues to hold classes on various topics, is techno-savvy and innovative, offers a good split, and has a team of suportive staff and realtors who help each other, has seasoned agents who are active in the local and statewide association of realtors, has good marketing sense and know-how, is home-grown and not a franchise.
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Auri, Execut…, , 72712
Sun Jul 20, 2008
Before choosing a Broker I interviewed with quite a few in my area. All brokers seemed to be good and professionals. The one I chose is based on reputation and long established presence in the local market.
Organization Values and Work Environment.
Supportive staff and management
Strong training and ongoing education. Knowledge is Power.
Marketing support. No fees. Reasonable commission splits and plans to choose from.
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Avi Maganda, Agent, Apopka, FL
Sun Jul 20, 2008
Split, (not all the time 100% means a 100%),
Respect on my leads.(If I do the marketing myself)
Recognition and respect (to agents)
Flexibility (For an independent agent it is very important)
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Dani-lynn Tr…, , Temecula, CA
Sat Jul 19, 2008
I chose my broker based on just a few facts. 1. He runs a honest office, no scams and no fraud programs 2. He is flexible, and supports working Mom's understanding when I have to run into the office w/my side kick from time to time 3. No time wasting mandatory meetings 4. No office fees (I have a private office based on my production, I dont pay for it) 5. Im paid high percentage and no franchise fees 80/20 split and lastly - full service (I team up w/one of our loan agents to work closer w/buyers and have more successfully closed escrows because of it) in addition to inhouse escrow company. My broker, Jeff Maas of National Realty Group is so supportive and undemanding, it makes me just want to work harder!
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Dallas Texas, Agent, Dallas, TN
Sat Jul 19, 2008
GREAT question: My choice based on our ranking in the Dallas community per the Dallas Business Journal for 2008 we are one of the Top Realtors in the Dallas area, I have only been with 3 brokers, I left my former broker based on a number of reasons which I can mention. With our group you have to be on the top of your game we are a flat fee broker vs. other brokers who want to take from 30% or more of commissions. I left my 1st broker I got I one of the top in the office $750 Million for 2005 however I no longer wanted to pay 36% . I make more money per year !
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Sylvia Barry,…, Agent, Marin, CA
Sat Jul 19, 2008
I have only been with one company (yes the best one in the North bay :-) but here is what I want -

- a company with great reputation
- a company with great presence
- great education, contract, marketing (personal and property)
- legal updates - keep up with current real estate law
- great tools - website, marketing, presentation, etc
- supportive management
- supportive staff
- sharing, supportive colleagues

I did not worry too much about commission splits - I figured that if I am a top performer, it really does not matter, and my goal is to become tops.

These are just on top of my head.

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