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.