Russell Alton

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Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I would not go to a company with this requirement. Establish your own database for long term success. You never know what changes will be needed.

Jun 05, 2015 10:42 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Russell Alton why would you want to enter your contacts into someone else's database anyways?

Jun 05, 2015 04:09 PM
Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

I've never used company emails, CRM, etc.  Even when I was starting out, it didn't make sense to me.

The two big brokerages where I've worked had systems and made a big deal out of agents using them.  Protect your contacts.  Just say NO.

Jun 05, 2015 01:17 PM
Janice Traub
West End Cages / / (770) 676-1645 - Atlanta, GA
#1 Fabricator of Solid Steel AC Security Cages

That sounds like what's YOURS is mine and what's mine is mine.  Just because of my jilted sense of fairness they'd have to get an admin to comb through my contracts and do the data entry.  They already have the data, do they just want you to do the data entry??

It'd be a mute point if they GAVE you the leads from their marketing efforts, at which point they already have the info.  If that's my blood, sweat and tears not sure that I would be very interested in just bending, I mean handing it over.    What is your contractual obligation? 

Jun 05, 2015 10:52 AM
Renee Paray
Coldwell Banker Realty - Blue Bell, PA

The Real Estate Brokerage would own the contact, if entered into their CRM. Additionally, it is the same is true for emails. If one of your contacts emails you on the company email system, they will try to make contact with the contact and take the contact for themselves. This is not true of all Real Estate Brokerages, but you should be aware of the possibilities. 

Jun 05, 2015 05:38 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

It's theirs unless specified by writing otherwise.

Feb 02, 2019 08:30 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Depends what your Independent Contractor Agreement states.  Get it in writing!

Mar 09, 2018 05:40 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I would say it is the brokerage's property. That is one reason I have my own website and don't use the brokers.

Apr 01, 2017 06:25 PM
Stefan Winter
Real Estate in IL & NV | Owner of Real Estate Web Tech | Daily Vlogger - Las Vegas, NV
Owner - Winter Group & Real Estate Web Tech

Depends on their policies and what you signed when joinging that brokerage. I would never add anything to what the brokerage own, they can always lock you out the second you change, or even doing a blog on the site they provide you with it benefits their SEO not yours. Always do everything on something you own within the digital world.

Jun 06, 2015 04:06 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I think I would ask the broker that question.

Jun 05, 2015 09:49 PM
Yolanda Hoversten
Self Employed - O'Fallon, IL
Referrals for O’Fallon, IL & the Metro East

It's a good question to be answered before you sign with any brokerage. But if you imported your contact list into the broker's system, they will use the data. I'm not sure you'll be forbidden to use the data if you have a copy. Again, check before you sign with any broker.

Jun 05, 2015 03:01 PM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

It is theirs of course.  I wouldn't use their CRM nor would I use their email address they provide to you.

Jun 05, 2015 02:56 PM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Russell - Just like all the contracts, the contact info for any client belongs to the brokerage, especially if it is in their CRM. They will have a history of all closed transactions anyway, so will have all that contact info whether you use their CRM or not.

Also, if they are handing you leads, then they will probably say those leads are theirs and not yours. If you are generating your own leads, then you need to ask them whether those are your own, or the brokerage considers it theirs. 

You need to know what your brokerage says about what happens to your contacts when you sever your relationship with them.

Jun 05, 2015 01:40 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

All listings, buyers and leads belong to the Broerage.  If you are allowed to take them with you if you leave should be stated in your contract.

Jun 05, 2015 09:28 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Russell Alton This is a good question to ask the broker where you are thinking of going. Policies vary from company to company.

Jun 05, 2015 07:08 AM
Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

In Florida the broker owns all the contracts. 

Jun 05, 2015 07:04 AM
Cindy Davis
SD Home Source Realty - San Diego, CA

It would probably go to the brokerage. I would negotiate to keep all my pre-exisitng contacts my own and keep them separate.

Jun 05, 2015 05:41 AM