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Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

No regrets. My first broker I stayed with for 3 years. She was a hand holder, 30 years in and very insightful: we are still friends. I moved in year 3 to be part of a big name & high-tech business model and got my broker's license because unlike the previous broker I had virtually no broker support with the new company. I opened my own company in my fifth year, and we're celebrating our 10-year anniversary.

Mar 10, 2016 08:48 AM
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3,159,757
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I've only worked for one company, but in three separate offices.  The office I started in closed down and consolidated with another.  Eventually, the management in the second office was not working for me, so I transferred.  Still love the company and am so glad I chose wisely in the beginning.  Have spent a lot of money branding myself to this company, since our state laws require our ads to include our brokerage.

Mar 10, 2016 08:39 AM
Rainmaker
1,000,677
Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor e-Pro, CRS, RCS-D, Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

No Regrets. All by choice, happy to have been and to have left.

Cashin & Company San Mateo, CA (Bay Area) 1999-2003

Moved to SOCAL

Better Homes & Gardens/1Source Realty became Coldwell Banker: 2003-2015 in San Diego, CA

Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor (brokered by Big Block) 2015-Present.

Mar 10, 2016 12:01 PM
Rainmaker
4,832,807
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Fred,

We worked with two savvy independent companies and then we opened our own.  No regrets, and no future plans of opening a brokerage.  A

Mar 10, 2016 11:35 AM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

On my 5 which is me and I have no regrets.

Mar 10, 2016 11:03 AM
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I have worked with five brokerages, this last one being for almost 17 years. All the previous moves were made for advancement and management opportunities.

Mar 10, 2016 10:47 AM
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1,770,455
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

I am happy with Coldwell Banker the only place i have worked.

Mar 10, 2016 10:31 AM
Rainmaker
220,284
LuxurySoCalRealty Compass San Diego
Compass - La Jolla, CA
San Diego Partner - The Private Client Network

It took me a while to find where I'm at and it's a good fit for me irregardless of franchise fees and brokerage split to be at a name brand.

Mar 10, 2016 10:28 AM
Rainmaker
532,794
Robert May
Robert W May - Lethbridge Real Estate - Lethbridge, AB
Real estate consulting

I started with the last big corporate real estate company in Canada, Royal Lepage.  After 7 years I left for a smaller brokerage, but it was so poorly ran that I eventually just opened my own brokerage.

Mar 10, 2016 10:05 AM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I was a RE/MAX for about 3 years in Boston, and them with them again here in Carlsbad for about 5 years, then to my current brokerage. The financial situation is far better!

Mar 10, 2016 09:39 AM
Rainer
139,001
Chrissi Chapman Topoleski
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Leesburg, VA
HOME~There is no place like it!

I've been with Re/Max since I started 9 years ago. My broker sold the business in December 2015 so we have a new name but are still Re/Max.  Before I became a Realtor I was a Title Insurance Agent for 3-4 years with one company. I have no plans in changing as I am happy where I am, and my clients know how to find me!

Mar 10, 2016 09:28 AM
Rainer
212,835
Bob Betel
Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc. - Sweetwater, TN
President, Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc

My first company was bought out by a bigger company and they let everyone go, my 2nd, I moved from Oregon back to Illinois. 3rd, I was there for 18 years and switched for a pay raise. 4th, I decided to work for a Mortgage Broker, since I loved that part of my job, and 5th, I opened my own company to bring some respect to my industry. No regrets at all and I would do it again in a heartbeat. My future plans are to get my State license so I can do mortgages in Tennessee. We plan to move there in the next couple of years, but my job is too much fun, so I won't retire, and I hope to get my wife involved, if she doesn't open up a bakery.

Mar 10, 2016 09:27 AM
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2,758,981
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 I have only worked for one company – mine. It is interesting to see how the company and business has evolved over the last 15 years.

Mar 10, 2016 05:39 PM
Rainmaker
3,628,455
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Two.  So far.   

Mar 10, 2016 05:25 PM
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

bought the firm I went to to work for after three years there.  No regrets

Mar 10, 2016 02:08 PM
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4,306,272
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Fred Griffin worked with ERA for first few months - only to realize that more that half of my commission is gone!

With KW since then - barring a few years with Re/Max inbetween.

And no regrets for any of the changes.

Mar 10, 2016 02:04 PM
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Evers is my 4th brokerage in 34 years.  My moves were all triggered by the company changing hands.

Mar 10, 2016 01:48 PM
Rainmaker
1,523,810
Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

I worked for three in FLorida and three in Virginia and plan to stay with Long and Foster.

Mar 10, 2016 12:24 PM
Rainmaker
3,926,612
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

I was with my fiest broker 4 years..he closed been with my current Broker for 21 years never considered moving!

Mar 10, 2016 12:18 PM
Rainmaker
2,706,701
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Just one before my current...changed because the first was a huge disappointment (and before you ask (LOL) they were another big franchise)

Mar 10, 2016 12:09 PM
Rainmaker
542,506
Abby Stiller
REMAX Realty Group - Cape Coral, FL
Professional Bilingual Realtor (239) 284-8637

First years of RE I worked as an assistant for a top producer where I learned a lot. Then I joined different companies, all ok - Now,  I'm happy where I am. I'm busy and staying motivated, focus, passionated and incredible blessed to be in this business! gotta love RE!

Mar 10, 2016 12:05 PM
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2,203,561
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I have a rough start in the business. I went to four companies in two years. Now I've been with the last company I went to for over six years. I don't have any plans to leave. Heck I might even buy the company when my broker finally retires. He's had the business for about 40 years. 

Mar 10, 2016 11:48 AM
Rainmaker
2,410,675
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

I started out with a local Prudential franchise. I stayed three and a half years and when they wouldn't let me do what I wanted to with my own website and newsletter I left. No regrets, and have steadily grown from just Larry and I to four more agents. 

Mar 10, 2016 10:32 AM
Rainmaker
3,985,513
William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

1 other than my own

Mar 10, 2016 10:17 AM
Rainmaker
4,322,651
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I worked for 3 different brokers, all within Metro Brokers.    First change, wanted to be the "little fish", second time the broker closed shop, 3rd time was because the broker was never around going through a divorce.    I have my own now.

Mar 12, 2016 12:06 AM
Rainmaker
1,297,712
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I've worked for three brokerages.  Worked with countless service providers.  Left the brokerages for work outside of Real Estate (one brokerage I was doing assistance work as a second and third job in addition to my regular 8-5).

Service Providers: Some closed down, others went bankrupt, others had legal issues, started getting bad service, found someone better/cheaper/faster.

 

Regrets: Zero

Mar 11, 2016 12:30 PM
Rainmaker
556,514
David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential
Fred,
Started with a traditional brokerage. After a year went to a 100% shop. The ASAP went out on my own and have never looked back. For me, working for someone else doesn't offer anything near the cost of being with them.
Mar 11, 2016 04:24 AM
Rainmaker
3,564,795
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

In one place, placed the license with a local before I relocated, then moved it to a franchise. Stayed for a year and moved to another franchise with a better split and no franchise fee of the top. Great move!

Mar 11, 2016 12:26 AM
Rainer
43,781
Stephanie & John Webb
Latte Stone Realty LLC - Albuquerque, NM
Stephanie Webb Co-Owner, Latte Stone Realty, LLC

5 before my husband, and co associate decided we wanted to become the Real Estate Company designed for our clients in mind- and opened our own. No regrets! We would do it again! Best decision we ever made and that is 8 years now and counting :-).

Mar 10, 2016 10:18 PM
Rainmaker
3,064,059
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

parked and reading

Mar 10, 2016 10:02 PM
Ambassador
1,524,834
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

I worked under two big box umbrellas.  Was the QB and helped open another re business.  Opened my own doors in 2006 and never looked back.

Mar 10, 2016 09:47 PM
Rainmaker
1,604,849
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Just 3 so far. 2 were mergers of sorts & that's how I ended up at RM. There were 'rumors' that our company would be sold to KMart & we would have to man offices inside the stores themselves. I couldn't see myself at a 'blue light special'. 

That was it - went to RM & here I've stayed. They could use some new wallpaper & paint though (just like all the sellers I work with).

Mar 10, 2016 09:26 PM
Rainmaker
3,161,451
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Just 1 and it is good i would never change

Mar 10, 2016 08:56 PM
Rainmaker
4,432,826
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

This is my third company. I changed twice because the company was sold .

Mar 10, 2016 08:29 PM
Rainmaker
5,785,479
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I owned a number of real estate companies during my career and worked as an associate broker for two companies after moving to another state.

Mar 10, 2016 08:25 PM
Rainmaker
634,116
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

Two. No regrets!

Mar 10, 2016 05:57 PM
Rainmaker
2,329,861
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Fred. I started one real estate company and sold it 15 years later and own the mortgage company that I started and no regrets with either.

Mar 10, 2016 05:28 PM
Ambassador
4,670,400
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I worked for two other places right out of college, but have been running my company for the past 28 years.

 

Mar 10, 2016 05:11 PM
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3,260,021
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I have only worked for 2. Coldwell Banker and Remax

Mar 10, 2016 03:19 PM
Rainer
307,160
Melissa Jackson
Century 21 Alliance Properties - Azle, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

I started with my friend. Joined her office without talking to other companies.  Changed one time. Although the drive to this office is more than I like, It's a great fit. 

Mar 10, 2016 12:44 PM