Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties)

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Sara Wagner
The Woodland Companies - Adams, WI
Stevens Point Rentals

Our brokerage allows us to take our clients with us if we leave.

Oct 19, 2018 05:47 AM
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

I have had this experience more than once and everyone follows me. Our relationships always transend the broker.

I just tell them "guess what!" I just got an offer too good to refuse from broker xyz WE are moving over there on______________.

Aug 04, 2015 06:22 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

My brokerage allows us to take them with us.

Nov 12, 2018 09:14 PM
Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

Close as much business as possible and make the switch. Inform your clients of the change.

Aug 28, 2016 12:58 AM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Andrea. If someone was to leave my company, I would allow them to finish each transaction or I would finish it and still pay them every if they didn't do all the work.

Aug 04, 2015 06:19 PM
Kim Johnson
Signature Realty Inc. - Coral Springs, FL
Selling South Florida

I would have to really plan to leave my current company, because I don't own the listings--they do.

Aug 04, 2015 12:24 PM
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

I appreciate the honest answers. For me there are 2 big elephants in my room. So even if I disagree with a broker keeping listings, there is not much I can do but grin and bear it and make the transition as smooth as possible. 

1. Article 16 of our Code of Ethics: "REALTORS® shall not engage in any practice or take any action inconsistent with exclusive representation or exclusive brokerage relationship agreements that other REALTORS® have with clients."

2. Standards of Practice 16-20 spells it out exactly how an agent should behave when leaving a brokerage. "REALTORS®, prior to or after terminating their relationship with their current firm, shall not induce clients of their current firm to cancel exclusive contractual agreements between the client and that firm."


Aug 04, 2015 11:39 AM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

I own my company so that isn't going to happen.  However, I am phasing out of buyers and sellers and concentrating on new construction. I am referring my clients to my agents to work.

Aug 04, 2015 11:18 AM
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

It would be much like I prepare for going on vacation. I have everything in order so someone else can step in seamlessly.

Aug 04, 2015 10:38 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

My exit strategy is to sell my company so it continues for the clients.

Aug 04, 2015 08:35 AM
Jenna Dixon
Momentum Real Estate Group LLC - Marietta, GA
55 & Over | New Constructions | Horse Farms

An exit strategy for me involves extensive pre-planning.  I've only left one brokerage when I had an active listing, it was released and transferred to the new brokerage with no issues.

Aug 04, 2015 07:28 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


All our clients have followed us with no hesitation on their parts.  They just cancelled the listings and resigned with us.  When our former broker tried to keep a particular prestigious listing with one of the wealthiest family, he told her, "I never change my horses when they are doing a superb job!"  We were fortunate.  He was an attorney and super influential, not someone to mess with as were the majority of our clients.

Our former broker was a smart woman, and she knew it was time to start our own company. 


Aug 04, 2015 07:27 AM