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Michael Thacker - Re/Max Real Estate Center - Louisville
Re/Max Real Estate Center - The Thacker Group - Louisville, KY
Your best friend who just happens to be a Realtor

No, and I would say that it could be illegal too.

Not sure how you could/would pursue it, but its your company, you do what you want to as long as it is legal within your states licensing.

Now, Brokers can have policies, and then you have to make the judgement call to take your business, your clients, and your $$ elsewhere. 

Always be true to yourself and your vision.

Oct 21, 2015 08:38 PM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

I do not.  Just another reason I like owning my own business. 

Oct 21, 2015 11:38 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR

As a broker I will not decide on who joins a team.  I will decide if I want to hire an agent but otherwise no way

Oct 21, 2015 11:25 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

That is not his call. I am self employed. I bring who ever want to come on board.  I will not take anyone who has a violation or under restriction, however.

Oct 21, 2015 11:07 PM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

The broker chooses which agents to hire, but if 2 or more of those agents want to work as a team, it should be discussed with broker, because different rules apply to teams. As far as broker saying which agents can be on the team, No, and I doubt if a broker would ever do that.

Oct 21, 2015 10:30 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Hell, no.....the broker should have nothing to say about who the team members will be.... if the team leader is not capable of making good decisions, then fire the team leader....

Oct 21, 2015 10:27 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

No.  That sounds like micro management.  

Oct 21, 2015 10:24 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

The differing answers gave me pause for thought.  My initial reaction was the same and Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041 - it's the broker's responsibility - so they have the final decision about who hangs their license at the brokerage.  Someone else highlighted the possibility that the potential team member was already licensed with the brokerage.  In that case, any prior written agreements you have with the broker would hopefully cover the situation. If not, ultimately it's the brokers decision.

Oct 21, 2015 09:52 PM
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

Hello Charles, no especially if their license is hung with said broker.

Oct 21, 2015 08:39 PM
Curtis Evans
Cabin Realty LLC/ USA, Licensed in Louisiana - Golden Meadow, LA

No, exception is if the agent is listed as an employee under the broker.

Oct 21, 2015 08:17 PM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 Good Thursday morning Charles. No!

Oct 21, 2015 07:08 PM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Not if we are considered independent agents and not employees.

Oct 22, 2015 12:26 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


No, unless the people you select have a bad record.  A

Oct 22, 2015 12:18 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Charles Ross Yes, as real estate agents, we often forget we work for the principal broker. Being an independent contractor only relates to the IRS ruling and the brokerage as it relates to employee status. If the agents don't like it, they can always get their broker's license and start their own brokerage and hire whomever they wish.

Oct 22, 2015 12:13 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

I think he should have a say as my license is being held by his.

Oct 21, 2015 10:53 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Yes. The broker should have a say regarding ANY licensed individual who intends to work under that brokers supervision. 

Should a team leader be allowed to hire an felon or other 'offender' type for support roles in defiance of the brokers protest? Let's say the team leader is very socially conscience person and knows there are few options available to those who need integration back into a working society therefore working closely with organizations like Salvation Army, Goodwill, Heat, Catholic Services, Metropolitan Ministries.


Oct 21, 2015 09:42 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Charles, if I am the sponsoring broker I should have the final say! It is my license at risk! Enjoy your day!

Oct 21, 2015 09:20 PM
Blanca Barajas
Winter Group - Las Vegas, NV

I don't think they should decide, but I think if they are concern about a particular agent they should bring it up to me, I'd like to know what is going on.

Oct 22, 2015 12:43 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Absolutely!...It is the Brokers reputation that you are representing.

Oct 21, 2015 11:26 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Depends on why.

Dec 04, 2018 08:48 PM
Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo

I think the Broker should have the right to exclude people from the company if that person would be harmful to the company.  Otherwise no.

Oct 23, 2015 07:02 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

No, only a team leader has to decide if they need new people and who it would be. Why to force a group of people to get a new member who can destruct the solid working relationship inside the team?

Oct 22, 2015 04:35 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Yes, but you need to have a big say in that.  You know if you work well with someone or not.

Oct 22, 2015 08:43 AM
Paul Miller
Patriot California Realty - San Diego, CA
Real Estate Broker serving San Diego since 1987

As a managing Broker, I personally do not get involved with who is on an agent's team as long as they are licensed, ethical and abide by the company's policies. The only time I would think that I would intervene is if we have a disruptive personality that is causing issues for anyone in our office.

Oct 22, 2015 04:15 AM
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

No, for those that have a successful team they will only hire great talent. 

Oct 22, 2015 02:03 AM
Amelia Robinette
NoVa House and Home - Frankly Realty - Falls Church, VA
Education, Innovation, Service

To confirm their good standing from a licensing point of view, absolutely.

The broker is taking on the risks of your staff's actions, they need to be aware of those risks and I think should have veto power.

Otherwise, get your own broker's license and take on the risk yourself. 

Oct 22, 2015 02:02 AM
Jeffrey Jones
AZ Home Seekers - San Tan Valley, AZ
AZ Home Seekers,

If they are a licensed agent, they work under his license; so in that respect YES. If its admin or marketing that doesn't effect his license NO.

Oct 22, 2015 01:41 AM
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

As agents, we're all independent contractors.  As long as our team members are doing things the right way, it doesn't and shouldn't matter to the broker/owners.  

Oct 22, 2015 01:23 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

You're kidding, right?   

Oct 22, 2015 12:55 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Yes, they should have a say in it like every agent that is brought in, but only if they are licensed.

Oct 21, 2015 11:30 PM