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Agent2Agent in San Joaquin County : Real Estate Advice

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Mon Mar 6, 2017
Marionbyers81mlb answered:
I know nothing about real estate but i would like to get involved i would like to know exactly where i should start
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Fri Jun 17, 2016
Paul answered:
Use to help educate on all real costs of homeownership, including purchase price, improvements, title + HO insurance, RE taxes, mortgage financing options + after-tax implications, utility costs and eventual selling costs of 6% realtor commission + state transfer taxes. provides in-depth, easy-to-understand analysis on financial decision of Buying v Renting v Investing in stocks. Find out actual # of years until break even on all costs of investing in a house vs renting. Get educated today with before you make biggest investment of your lifetime. ... more
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Sun Jul 12, 2015
Karen Peyton answered:
Most licensing classes whether online or in classroom setting, have computer modules to reiterate the training. Write down the basic equations to answer the questions and practice the computer questions until you score at least 90% before taking your exam. The questions aren't any more difficult than 8th grade math so most any school teacher can help.

Best of luck!
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Fri Jun 26, 2015
Chihair answered:
As a new agent I'd highly recommend for you to check out digital signature technologies as soon as you get a chance. Signing documents online with save you a lot of travel time. offers a free version. ... more
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Mon Apr 20, 2015
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Thu Mar 5, 2015
Derek Jones answered:
Most agents will be biased towards the company they work for (myself included). It really comes down to what you as an agent need out of a brokerage. It's not like a normal job where you go in for an interview and hope they pick you, it is the other way around where you get to pick what best suits your needs.

You are going to want some place that offers training or some type of mentor program. Other things to consider are tools, cost, leads. It's good to have a good contact management/lead follow up system available. Depending on your finances cost may be a factor to you as some companies have no monthly fee's while other can be $500+ month. Have you thought about where your leads are going to come from? Some companies offer leads in exchange for a lower commission split and others offer no leads but higher splits. Once again, depending on your finances it may be better to start off with a company that provides leads to help you get your feet on the ground.

One thing I will warn you about is try not to buy into everything people try to sell you. Everyone wants into your pockets. Zillow, Trulia, Realtor, Google adwords and many more will probably start calling you asking you to sign up for their services.
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Tue Dec 9, 2014
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Thu Dec 4, 2014
Adam Hamalian answered:
The other factor is the local company not just the national franchise. I am with Better Homes and Gardens and they have good resources, but it was the local company MASON-McDuffie that actually did all my training and offer weekly podcasts as well as monthly continuing education. ... more
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Wed Sep 10, 2014
Ryan A. Hetsler, J.D. answered:

Please send me a message at, and I'll be happy to share why I love Keller Williams. It's a great company that really cares about the agents.

Ryan Hetsler
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Mon Aug 18, 2014
Derek Jones answered:
How long were you out of real estate? If it has been a considerable amount of time I would recommend interviewing brokers and looking more for the training and technology side of things and not so much commission splits.

I was initially with KW and they have great tools to HELP you brand yourself, they also had many weekly trainings to help better your knowledge. I'm now with Ziprealty and we also have many trainings throughout the week. I chose to move to Ziprealty as I was a new agent and didn't have a great SOI and the fact they provided leads was a bonus. Not only that but I love the technology. Being able to to see when my leads sign into the website or mobile app and see what houses they save or viewed and not have to pay extra for that service was a win win for me. This system works for me but it's is not for everyone.

Go with what works for you! Go to a broker that fits your needs. Everyone is probably going to be a little biased to which ever company they currently work for (myself included).
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Sat Apr 12, 2014
Daria Kolomiiets answered:
Exit realty has a great compensation program! You should visit their website and watch a video, where they show all calculation of commision. There is opportunity to earn 75% and more! Wish you luck! ... more
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Fri Jan 17, 2014
Annette Lawrence answered:
MS Lane, you are not a licensed lender so stay away from asking any question related to QUALIFYING for a financial product.
That is really BAD advise.
Be aware, you are not wanting to send them to a lender, you want to send them to THE resource that will deliver the buyers solution, on time under budget and without the hysteria. Asking 'Have you been approved?" then dumping should be considered agent malpractice.
Consider the following questions:
Working with another agent?
When must you make a purchase decision?
Special qualifications? (VA, 61+, waterfront, golf, universal design, USDA, ect)
Type of housing excepted?
Type of purchase? vacation home, investment, residence.
Source of income? W-2 YIPPIE, investment income- don't send to lender who has Wells Fargo in there contact list.
Available savings, gift money, 401K?
Surprises? Recent divorce, career change, law suit, felon, a estranged spouse who will not cooperate, foreclosure, short sale, eviction, credit score.
Now select the lender in your data base who has a historic record of success with buyers of this type purchasing property of this type, can be held accountable for the outcome who delivers on time, under budget and without the hysteria.

Best of success,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group
Palm Harbor, FL
Palm Harbor University High School distirct
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Tue Jun 25, 2013
Ron Thomas answered:
NOTE: this is FIVE YEARS OLD!!!!
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Wed May 29, 2013
Cindy Davis answered:
Your source of information should come from the California Real Estate Department - not from one of us...go online to call
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Sun Feb 24, 2013
Judi Monday, CRS answered:
RE/MAX encourages agents to create their brand within the great structure it provides. Who wouldn't want to take advantage of the RE/MAX balloon which is as recognizable as many of the top world brands like Nike? While some of the big box brands give you "free signs" that have their logo and their office number--RE/MAX wants to put your name and your number on the sign so the calls go to YOU. In my book, free is not free if it doesn't advance you and your brand. There are guidelines in how you market yourself that are imposed by your State's Department of Real Estates which usually includes making sure your agency's name is clearly identified on all marketing materials so keep that in mind as well. ... more
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Wed Dec 19, 2012
Jenny Talasazan Realtor answered:
Sun Nov 25, 2012
Dorene Slavitz answered:
Send a email my way for information.
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