I was going to be really cool and give you a really great answer . . . until I read what Patti Ann wrote. Heck, I even gave her a thumbs up!
That list is awesome, my friend. The only thing I will add, which she did not, would be to me personally the most important consideration: the company you work for.
I have for many years heard agents tell me, "It doesn't matter who your broker is. I am branding myself and they will want to work with ME, not my company." This is 100% false. I could go on and on for hours about this but won't.
Let me preface my one and only point by saying that I have high respect for many agents out there. Pattin Ann is highly respected, yet without clicking on her profile I can honestly say I don't know who she works for. But I am an agent, not a customer. But going further, so noone misunderstands, I also know that if I am around for 30 years and swtich brokers 3 times, my client that has purchase 3 homes and sold 3 homes with me, will truthfully and most likely follow me. I am specifically here, Mplsrealtor, dealing with you STARTING OUT.
Now that we have established that . . .
Pick a good company that matches your M.O. I would suggest interviewing lots of brokers and getting a lot of information. You need to know what kind of training and support they will give you. Do they have weekly sales meetings? Do they have training sessions and motivational meetings? Do they have good strong corporate legal counsel so you can get straight answers? And even more important, do YOU have access to the legal counsel? Some brokers will not allow the agents to talk to their legal counsel, it is up to you to retain an attorney and pay for it. And I can tell you that after 8 years in this business I call our legal council at least once a week and sometimes more. I need that.
I need to know the culture of the office and know if I am going to be all alone out there, or if I sit down with an experienced agent and ask for some advice if they are going to be kind and share with me. That was HUGE to me.
But at the top of your list should be technology. We are in that world now, and you need a lot of it. Find out what they offer with their website and if you get one. If you do, how do they drive traffice there. How about the electronic transaction and CMA software? How about accessing all of your records (i.e. personal, production, sales, goals, etc.)? To me this was one of the most important factors for me. And I had to have major technological advantages over my peers with other brokers. But besides this, and maybe more imporant yet, was the role of this technology in taking care of my clients. I needed access to everything, and have it all in one place. You can go out there on the web and finde just about anything. And you can pay $5000 a month to have it. I have everything I need in one place and they constantly are staying on the cutting edge of it. So they keep blowing me away with new stuff and I am happy as can be.