Stephanie Chatterton (Agent Professor)

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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

It IS important to have someone you trust, like, and can get assistance from whenever needed. After all, ultimately the broker is responsible for the transactions

Mar 08, 2017 11:16 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

      When you are interviewing brokers, do you mesh with that person?  Do they feel like they are someone that you can work with?  Will they provide mentors, training, in-office leads, or will they just throw you out on the street? 


Mar 08, 2017 03:44 PM
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

From the broker perspective, every relationship is important - the broker is ultimately responsible for every agent in their company so there can't be a shortfall in a relationship.  For newer agents the broker must ensure that the agent has the appropriate training or mentorship and tools for not only success but doing things legally and properly.  But even for those who don't much need their broker on a day to day basis, the broker is still ultimately responsible for the agent so must have a relationship of trust with those agents, like Nina Hollander & Debbie Reynolds that they don't regularly interact with. -Kasey

Mar 08, 2017 03:29 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I virtually never see my broker and don't need to after 25 years in the business.

Mar 08, 2017 11:24 AM
Frank O'Mahony
Equity Colorado Real Estate - Boulder, CO
Relo specialist for Boulder, Longmont, Frederick

I would say it's inverse correlationto your experience - in other words, when you are starting out, the relationship is crucial because you need to rely on your broker.  You need to have an open relationship with the broker, because if you can't ask questions, check out hunches, review documents with her, you will be immensely frustrated.  As you'll see from other answers, when you get more real-world experience (and deals!), you need them less.  It becomes less of a dependent relationship, and more of a 'brothers-in-arms' connection.  Richer, more fulfilling, less stressful!

Mar 08, 2017 03:26 PM
Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Orlando, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers

Choose the smartest broker that you can and who is hands on.  Many brokers are just looking for bodies to fill the seats and don't know enough.

Do not be afraid to interview the broker and ask open ended questions.


Mar 08, 2017 01:03 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

What was important to me in a broker was forever missing when I affiliated with a big box.  I've been on my own for 5+ years now ... now I have it.  

Mar 08, 2017 12:56 PM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

I have worked under several different brokers during my 17 + years in the business.  I can tell you having a good relationship with a broker is vital.  Also, I do not like working for a broker who lists and sells property, a good broker should concentrate on managing the agents in the office.

Mar 08, 2017 12:07 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

The most important since I am the broker LOL!  As for you - pick a really good hands on broker!  There is a lot to learn the first couple of years++ and you'll want somebody you can learn from and work well with.

Mar 08, 2017 11:05 AM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Hello Stephanie Chatterton . I am the broker and the relationship is very important. I make myself available to help the agents in the brokerage up to 9 pm everyday - including Saturdays and Sundays. They know that if a question can wait until business hours, that is appreciated, but real estate happens in the evenings and weekends and sometimes an issue cannot wait.

Mar 08, 2017 10:49 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Choosing your first broker is crucial. It set mine on the right path 26 years ago.

Mar 08, 2017 10:48 AM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

It is very important Stephanie Chatterton 

Mar 08, 2017 09:38 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

It will depend what type of company you want to work for. Choose the mega companies and never see your broker. Choose a smaller or independent company and the broker may be the one training you direct, taking you to actual appointments in lieu of class room or computer training 

Mar 08, 2017 04:24 PM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

It is really important. Find a good broker that offers a training and/or mentorship program. 

Mar 08, 2017 04:07 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

How important is any relationship

Mar 08, 2017 03:55 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I think that Jeff Dowler said it well.  A

Mar 08, 2017 02:31 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

At this stage in my career, I rarely need the assistance of my broker. But as a newbie, you need to feel you have a go-to person and someone that will help train and mentor you. It is very important for you.

Mar 08, 2017 01:37 PM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

As a "New to the rest estate field" person ... I would say the Broker you pick is very important.  I stand with Anna Banana Kruchten - I too am a Broker!

Mar 08, 2017 12:02 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

It is very important.  You will have many questions and a good broker will be available to answer those questions.

Mar 08, 2017 11:30 AM
Mick Michaud
Distinctly Texas Lifestyle Properties, LLC Office:682/498-3107 - Granbury, TX
Your Texas Lifestyle is Here!

It is ver important. You and the broker need to fit into each other's business plan and goals.  A misfit there is bad for both

Apr 07, 2017 10:12 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

As a new agent, it is very important.  Find someone you connect with and will offer lots of training.

Mar 10, 2017 06:47 PM
Melissa Jackson
Century 21 Alliance Properties - Azle, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

I think in the beginning, you would do better with a broker your comfortable with. They need to be available for support offer training and be responsible.

Mar 09, 2017 10:30 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

According to my broker, it's super important.  I wouldn't be here without him.  That's why I give him gifts on his birthday, Christmas and Father's day.  Yes, my Broker is my dad so if it wasn't for him, I wouldn't be here... LITTERALLY!

Mar 09, 2017 10:01 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Paramount is your chemistry with your broker! Then the hard part begins! What do they offer that you need to insure your success! Two important stages in order!

Mar 09, 2017 08:46 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Very Important, you want to have one that will mentor you, coach you and not just take your money.


Mar 09, 2017 08:31 AM
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

To me, it's very important, it sets the tone for the office & company culture.

Mar 09, 2017 07:44 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

It varies by agent and brokerages.  For me, not very.

Mar 09, 2017 06:29 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

New day, same repeated questions

Mar 09, 2017 06:19 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty


Mar 09, 2017 05:04 AM
Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

vital in my opinion

Mar 09, 2017 04:53 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Very important.

Mar 09, 2017 04:28 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I think having a manager who supports your business is key. How often you need to meet/get info/etc is really dependent upon where you are in your business.

Mar 09, 2017 03:49 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Stephanie Chatterton - very important! 

Mar 08, 2017 10:17 PM
LLoyd Nichols
Premier Florida Realty of SWFL - Fort Myers, FL
Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea

It is important. You have to get along and the broker , ideally, has to be willing to train a newbie or offer a direction. The experience of a broker may be priceless. They have to be available.  

Mar 08, 2017 09:34 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I totally agree with Kasey & John Boles and the team at Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - regardless of the experience, a strong relationship is important. Good brokers make sure even those they rarely see are an integral part of the brokerage and important to them as brokers. 

Mar 08, 2017 08:21 PM
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

Since I am the broker, I find the relationship extremely important.

Mar 08, 2017 08:09 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

You need to look for a broker that shares your mindset. Look for the right fit, a nurturing environment..its about the culture. Doing the right things for the right reasons!

Mar 08, 2017 06:38 PM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Stephanie - I believe the relationship with your broker is very important, especially if you are a newer agent. Once you are more experienced, you still need a broker who is fair, honest, reliable, and someone that you can trust.

Mar 08, 2017 06:23 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Depends on your level of need and expectation, but for most it is very important.

Mar 08, 2017 05:41 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Stephanie Chatterton It is important to have a good professional relationship with your broker.

Mar 08, 2017 04:18 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

A Broker is supposed to supervise agents but at the same time, create an environment where good rules and results take place.

Mar 08, 2017 12:48 PM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

It always helps , but is Yuge if they are also your coach & Field Trainer !!!

Mar 08, 2017 12:41 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Hello Stephanie,

As you can see from the responses, "It depends."

The question you ask is about 'relationship' which is to subjective to be any value to you whatsoever. My recommendation is to not base you business future on things for which you have NO HOPE TO MEASURE.

Cuddly, feelly and make you feel good has no place in this business decision. But, I understand, if you have no  business plan, no clue what your business really is, then you will need a big Teddy Bear.

What you want from the  broker is nothing but the facts.

The answer to very OBJECTIVE questions. And you only have two questions. As the CEO of your company, you must let the facts guide your decision.


Mar 08, 2017 11:37 AM
Jack Lewitz
Exit Strategy Realty - Evanston, IL

In my state of Illinois we are all brokers but some are broker managers and broker associates. I am assuming how important is it to have a good relationship with the broker manager? Well I think it is important if you work in a office to have good relationships with co workers and I guess this applies in all types of businesses. Since I manage myself I have no problem with my relationship to myself until my id/ ego get in the way.

Mar 08, 2017 11:31 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Stephanie Chatterton Very important! The Broker is responsible for everything you do as a real estate agent.

Mar 08, 2017 11:24 AM