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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I dont care about the size of the pond, or if it is a buyers market or a sellers market.  I am going to prospect every day, build my data base, work my data base, and handle any and all leads that come my way.

May 07, 2015 12:00 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

A small fish in a small pond as everyone knows what happens to small fish in big ponds.... they get eaten

May 06, 2015 11:05 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Holleay Parcker - Spinnaker Realty - Serving Clients From Corolla to Hatteras I think both have their benefits. It is more important to find a company with a good mentoring and training program so the agent can get off to a good start in this business.

May 06, 2015 11:00 PM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

There is something to be said for a small fish in a smaller pond.  

May 06, 2015 10:43 PM
Adele Langdon
Los Angeles, CA
Exclusive Realty Inc.

I think it depends on the training and mentoring.  If the small office has nothing going on to speak of then I would go with the larger name office.  Whoever I would choose to follow needs to be walking the walk themselves. 

May 08, 2015 12:05 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I don't think the size of the brokerage matters as much as the support you are going to get from the broker - 

May 07, 2015 02:11 AM
Ruthmarie Hicks
Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605 - White Plains, NY

It depends far more on the broker than on the size of the brokerage.  What is the atmosphere?  Are there too many big agents gobbling up everything for themselves. Does the broker play favorites?  Too many variables for it to narrow down just to big vs. small.

May 08, 2015 12:21 AM
Rose King
David Tracy Real Estate - Friendswood, TX
Friendswood / Pearland / Houston Bay Area

If the broker in the small pond would mentor me, guide me and offer lots of support, I would want to be in the small pond.

May 08, 2015 12:18 AM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I tend to like smaller office. I'm in one now. I get great personalized attention from my broker and that is so important. Right now we have a very difficult transaction, and he's able to devote a lot of his time and attention to it. 

May 07, 2015 02:32 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

You need a name brokerage who provides the training and trainers who are passinate about their role.  Small brokerage may be fine if you can provide own leads. 

May 07, 2015 04:06 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Many times I've had visitors from far away states who ask, "What can we do today?" "Let's do Disney!"  "Oh, no. I don't want to deal with the crowds."

The reason crowds exist, the reason offices are big is because there is something exceptional to discover. A newbie agent should be given one piece of advise: GO WHERE YOU SEE RESULTS COMPATIBLE WITH YOUR BUSINESS PLAN.

What plan?  They have not prepared and still we lead them to believe they will succeed.

NEWBIE, go with the office with the highest number of transactions per agent, annually. Then simply follow the instructions provided on the label. It's not rocket science.

May 06, 2015 11:12 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Holleay. It depends on the person, some like large crowds, others do not. I do business with both, it always depends on the individual and either can be successful.

May 06, 2015 10:52 PM
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

I don't care about the size of the brokerage, but I would want a broker that felt an obligation to help me succeed.  

May 11, 2015 07:12 AM
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Individual offices have unique cultures whether they are large or small.  Interview brokers, visit offices, and find the right fit for you.

May 08, 2015 06:15 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I would recommend the big pond with immediate name recognition and the environment of many successful agents.

May 07, 2015 01:52 AM
Raoul Loustaunau
EXP REALTY - Phoenix, AZ
urhomefinder.com myvaluetoday.com

i would like to be the small fish in the pond, a lot to learn and the more people you can be around you the better it is, have a good day

May 07, 2015 12:59 AM
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

There can be benefits to both, however, as a new agent I wanted the name recognition of a larger more dominant brokerage because I had none of my own.  As it turned out, there was also great training, tremendous support and it turned out to be a good fit.  To this day, I still benefit from the larger name awareness and good reputation.

May 06, 2015 11:18 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

I've only been with a big franchise and like it that way. I feel they are up to speed on 100% of every change in the marketplace, shop for the best products for our office, and get us the best E & O rates.  I've used this business practice in my business for many years, choosing larger ponds for all of these reasons.  

May 10, 2015 11:24 AM
Rita Harris
W.P. & Assoc. - Seattle, WA
Specialty: Immigrant families & vintage homes

Mmmmmm.  Very intriguing question and worth revisiting time to time!

I think it comes down to a financial decision first.  Most Newbies don't have a large money-in-the-bank backlog  to be paying the huge desk fees associated with well-recognized National Franchises.  We all know the cost of signage, cards, NAR affiliation, and other costs can be steep when you are first starting out.  So for this group, belonging to a boutique office with no NAR or large desk fees, has a caring managing broker who provides training,  and helps the newbie with signage, is probably the best choice.

That said, if you have some cash so you can cover desk fees & related expenses, then yes, usually the Coldwell Banker, Sotheby's, Windermere, KW options are going to have a structure that is time well-spent to learn.  Once you have a sense of confidence and understand the ropes after the first year or two, then consider being swayed toward the boutique that offers a better split and environment.

We are all independent contractors (at least in my state we are), so finding a good mesh of personalities, fees, support/experience of Managing Broker, training, control of inventory,  were the major points I considered when I made the switch.

All the best from the Pacific Northwest!

Rita Harris, Broker (Seattle)
WP & Associates

May 10, 2015 04:46 AM
Chris Lima
Turtle Reef Realty - Port St Lucie, FL
Local or Global-Allow me to open doors for you.

I have recently made the switch to a bigger pond(feels like an ocean) and so far the training and support have been incredible. I am looking forward to settling in and I will report back. This is a  great post and impeccable timing!

May 09, 2015 09:06 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I think it depends on the firm, its management and its approach to helping new agents get trained.

May 08, 2015 10:13 PM
Kimo Jarrett
Cyber Properties - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

It depends on the leadership of the Broker not the size of the agency.

May 08, 2015 11:01 AM
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

Ha!  Great question.  

We started in a tiny office and quickly became the big fish.  

Three years ago we moved to a mega office and were the small fish.  

Today we are (some of the many) big fish in the #1 selling Century 21 office in the country.  

I say both, but with timing.  

May 08, 2015 09:58 AM
Tammy Adams ~ Realtor / Podcaster
Maricopa Real Estate Co - Maricopa, AZ
A Maricopa Agent who Works, Lives & Loves Maricopa

I like the big fish in a small pond. While I love learning from other agents that are better, the more agents the more drama unfortunately. Just as in any business.  Smaller brokerages can thrive well in smaller markets like mine. 

May 08, 2015 07:37 AM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Wherever you get the most support - and the best vibes. Agents in offices of all sizes can be welcoming and helpful - or cut-throat. 

May 08, 2015 05:38 AM
Rose O'Reilly Sievers,CRS,SRES
Carlsbad, CA

I think a Brokerage that has alot of training and mentoring.  Some offices keep recruting new agents and they see what the top agents accomplish.  Some new agents think all they have to do is show up at the office and the broker will give them leads.  They learn quickly that this is not the case.  Some move on to other brokers or quit.  I've seen this happen over the last 26 years.

May 08, 2015 05:01 AM
Mahesh Kashyap

When your are starting out your Only Focus should be To Learn as much as you can under a Mentor and choose brokerage who provide Regular training, Close Deals to get real Hands On Experience and Provide Exceptional Service to your Clients... Small Fish or a Big Fish- It doesnt matter then....

May 08, 2015 04:55 AM
Brad Rachielles
CENTURY 21 Peak, Ca BRE# 01489453 - Upland, CA

There is also something to be said about the benefits of being a big fish in a big pond.

Seriously, a tip of the hat to all who recognize the benefits of training and mentoring regardless of the pond size.

May 08, 2015 03:18 AM
Mike Kelly,CRS,CIPS
The MJKelly Team - Santa Rosa, CA
"One of Sonoma County's Natural Resources"

I think it comes down to training and mentoring. I really don't think a smaller brokerage is a good place for a new agent. I'd go with a company that offers resources for your entire career. I'm with Keller Williams Realty and we offer it all. We have a huge first time training course in our "BOLD" program plus tools galore for business planning, lead generation, etc. We offer "Mega-Camp" for those folks who want to abandon the "pond" and swim and grow in the sea of life.  A smaller brokerage can refer you other real estate "gurus" to follow which might be the best way. Good luck.

May 08, 2015 02:11 AM
Theresa Akin

I've been in both ponds. The pond I'm currently in is my "Charming Pond'. The third time is a charm pond.  If I need a response on the weekend, I get it. It was not unusual in the prior ponds to get a response 2-3 daays later, unless of course I was doing some work for them like an open house with problems. I am very happy where i'm at. The "Top Fish" is younger than me but more professional and is concerned with everyone of the agents under his brokerage!! That would be Jeremy De La GArza CORPUS CHRISTI REALTY GROUP. He is also member of AR!

May 08, 2015 02:04 AM
Kathleen Frawley
Keller Williams 916 730-4404 Elk Grove, Wilton, Folsom, Sacramento - Wilton, CA
South County Sacramento, 916 730 4404

Big fish in a big pond.

May 08, 2015 01:58 AM
Jayne Esposito
Coldwell Banker - Morgan Hill, CA

It doesn't matter what size pond you are in, at the end of the day it is up to you whether you succeed or fail.  That said, I prefer to be in the pond that provides resources that I can have at my fingertips over the pond that forces me to do everything myself.  Certainly a new agent should make sure they will be properly trained and mentored rather than thrown into the water!

May 08, 2015 01:47 AM
Joseph Childs
Middletown, CT

When choosing my broker, I told myself, in those exact words, that I'd rather be a bigger fish in a smaller pond.


May 08, 2015 01:11 AM
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Eighteen Years Experience in Brevard County

I will say that when I started out the big franchise office provided excellent training but then as I learned the business I realized I wanted my own pond...little but content!

May 08, 2015 01:05 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


It depends on your temperament and how you would feel about it.  Only you have the right answer, when it comes to what you value.  A

May 07, 2015 12:57 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I'd rather be wherever there is the best mentoring....if it's within a "mom and pop" office, so be it!!!

May 07, 2015 07:20 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I'm happy to be a medium sized guppy in a very small pond.

May 07, 2015 04:50 AM
Evelyn M Epperson
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Johns Creek, GA
A Tradition Of [Excellence, Trust & Service]

I like working in a larger brokerage not that I want to be a big or small fish.

But I like the energy of the large office and having agent working around me as it gets me motivated.

May 07, 2015 03:19 AM
Beatrice Briseno
RE/MAX Unlimited - San Antonio, TX
Beatrice M. Briseno, GRI, CDPE, San Antonio, TX

I started out at a small brokerage and when I took it over I eventually converted to RE/MAX I have been very happy with the name recognition and the excellent training and opportunities available for myself and my agents.

May 07, 2015 12:03 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Coldwell Banker Realty

Adele nailed this one!


Nov 09, 2017 04:14 AM
Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

We are in a resort market so it doesn't matter one bit.

May 12, 2015 06:46 AM
Dale Taylor
Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois http://dtaylor.remax.com - Frankfort, IL
Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos

I'd would research how much business is done by both offices in the marketplace I serve, and make that part of my consideration for selecting the office.  I'd look at what systems they have in place to help me succeed, more than the size of the office.  Finally, I'd determine what commission split they were offering me.

May 12, 2015 06:34 AM