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Seana Johnson, Coming back to my roots - renewing RE Lic (AgentProfesor)

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I can't help you there, but I can suggest that you place commission splits at the end of your list...unless you have training and mentoring, you may not have many commissions to split.... if you are already trained, you can negotiate a commission split.... they all have menus, but if you're delivering something powerful to the table, they need to pay for it... I always negotiated my own split and kept it confidential.... for decades....

Dec 27, 2016 11:25 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Seana Johnson Interesting how you put commission splits at the top of your criteria. I hope you don't make your decision totally on commission splits. I would recommend you go and interview various brokers in the area. When choosing a company choose a broker you have good rapport with and find a brokerage that has a good mentoring and training program. Learn the business and when you are productive and successful, then you can choose a company based on commission splits.

Dec 27, 2016 10:56 AM
JoAnn Moore
The Mortgage Market of Delaware - Georgetown, DE
Home Loans in Delaware

Bliss Sawyer is an outstanding loan oringinator in Utah. I am sure she could give you some great ideas. I am pretty sure she is here on Active Rain. I'll check and if not I'll send you her contact info. 

Dec 27, 2016 11:43 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Definitely take Michael Setunsky's words to heart - commission is not the end-all, be-all!  75% of something is better than 100% of nothing! 

Dec 27, 2016 08:24 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Oswego, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Find a broker you like, then ask about in-house training and mentorship opportunities. Lastly, concern your self about commissions. 100% of nothing is, you do the math!

Dec 27, 2016 04:59 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Just remember you are interviewing them, not the other way around!  And if you make a bad choice, it's not that hard to move.  It's always easier to tell which brokers are the really good ones when you are licensed and on the streets!

Good luck!

Dec 27, 2016 03:02 PM
Katerina Gasset
The Gasset Group & Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Provo, UT
Amplify Your Real Estate & Life Dreams!

Where in Utah County? That is a big area. I know brokers in Utah. My daughter lives in Logan. Wherever you end up going, keep in touch with me. I am building an online presence in Cache Valley but if there is a good hole in the market where you are going to sell, I will send you referrals;) 

Dec 30, 2016 01:04 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Coldwell Banker Realty

Michael Setunsky and Barbara Todaro nailed this one!

Dec 28, 2016 02:38 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Commission slits should be competitive but not the deciding factor. It should be more about training and sharing the company philosophy and goals.

Dec 27, 2016 04:30 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker


  Be careful of the "100% commission" offices that charge high desk fees.  I know agents who are indebted to Brokers because they have had few or no sales; but those desk fees are still due and payable.

Dec 28, 2016 10:24 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I am not from Utah, but I would suggest to look for a broker office close to where you live. 

Dec 27, 2016 11:30 PM
Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate
ZOOM Realty Group - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

Good luck.


Dec 27, 2016 08:45 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

You should interview with the top brokers.

Dec 27, 2016 03:25 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

" commission splits, Broker support, training and mentorship, meetings (how often) do they offer continuing education"

With that criteria you are destined to walk the path to oblivion  90% of newbie agents take.. None of these things are of any value regarding where you hang your shingle.

I must assume you are an adult, a big girl, able to take care of herself. As such, you also must take responsibility for the success and failure of your businesss. That begins with your business plan. Without it, there is no hope of identifying the broker best for you. By default, you are relegated to being a buyer agent and tossed into the deep and while others watch to see if you drown.

You learn by DOING, not warming a stool in a meeting room.

You EARN by completing what you started.

And it all starts with the business owner (YOU) defining their business.

THEN you select the broker best able to implement YOUR BUSINESS PLAN and get you engaged in transactions within 30 days.

Nothing complicated about that. When you actually have learned to generate business, THEN you negotiate better splits, lower costs and better resources. Don't get the cart before the horse.


Dec 27, 2016 11:17 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Can't help you specifically in Utah County, but I love the RE/MAX concept and if they are in your county, you should check them out.

Dec 28, 2016 04:42 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

All the best to you as you make this important choice Seana!

Dec 27, 2016 08:24 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good luck.  I hope you find a good one.

Dec 27, 2016 05:15 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Burlington, MA
Metro Boston Homes For Sale

Seana Johnson - wishing you all the best.

Dec 27, 2016 03:46 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Good luck.

Dec 27, 2016 01:38 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Your best bet is go directly to the brokers and interview. Go with your intuition. 

Dec 27, 2016 01:11 PM
Toronto, ON

Utah County is quite big at 2,144 square miles, about 78% of the size of the Greater Toronto Area.  Are you planning to work in a specific part of Utah County?

Dec 27, 2016 11:26 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Now sure where Utah County is.


Dec 27, 2016 10:49 AM