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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

A good fit for YOUR needs.  What works for one may not work for someone else.  Decide what is important to you and look for that in the broker/age you choose. 

Apr 06, 2017 08:26 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Please read, Chapter 10, "Choosing your First Broker"

Apr 06, 2017 08:50 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

You don't work for a broker, you work for you, you now own a business. You hang your license with a broker and they are suppose to work for you; lift you up and help you grow and the right direction. But, this isn't a job you have, it's a business.

Apr 06, 2017 03:52 PM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

If they will take just anybody, they are the wrong brokerage for you. I'm on the broker side and, wow, the agent prospects blow my mind. They think the business will just be handed to them by me, and why would I want to do that? Even if an agent is inexperienced, they need to have that DRIVE, enthusiasm and eagerness to go forth and that's one thing you can't teach. Many that I have met, want me to give them a formula for success. Even thousands of dollars of coaching lessons won't do it.

Apr 06, 2017 10:39 AM
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

Honesty, integrity and a good reputation in the marketplace.

Training, mentorship program (if you are new to real estate), continued availability whenever the need arises.

Non competing broker whose sole job is to help agents succeed.

Go with your gut - how you feel about the broker, whether your instincts feel good about the broker - don't underestimate how much you already know about what you need. 

Apr 06, 2017 10:29 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

For me personally, if I was just starting out, it would be their reputation for honesty Laura Coleman . I would ask them if they have a policy for settling disputes between agents. My first Broker had a policy of "The agent who sells the most is right". This lead to top agents stealing clients from new agents... he would always fire the new agent instead of the dishonest agent(s) who blatently stole clients.

Apr 06, 2017 09:19 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I know this answer as well as I know my name.... training and then mentoring after training is my standard answer when this question was previously asked many times....

Apr 06, 2017 08:26 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI NMLS#1483386 nailed this one!

Apr 07, 2017 06:40 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Select the broker that will best meet your needs. Be prepared to tell the broker why you will be an asset for that office.

Apr 07, 2017 05:36 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

This must be at least the 10th time this question has been asked and answered, asked and answered, asked and answered just in the last few weeks. I suggest you go to those answers and maybe write a post about it. You'll definitely learn so much more that way.

Apr 07, 2017 05:11 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

And here my favorite question comes again. 

Laura, tell us about you a little. Are you about to get a license? Let me guess a location...

Apr 06, 2017 09:29 PM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

So you’ve just passed your real estate salesperson’s test. Congratulations! Real estate sales can be the most rewarding journey that you’ll ever embark on — or it can also be the biggest cause of stress you can imagine. You’ve got a few upcoming decisions that might define your entire career, so pay attention closely.As a new agent, you’ll have to decide which brokerage is best for you. Most states require new agents to work under an established broker for a minimum time frame (two years in California) before they’re able to get their broker’s license and work alone.These first two years is also where you’ll learn your craft and, according to the National Association of Realtors, either sink or swim. Over 80 percent of new real estate agents exit the business in their first two years, and it’s easy to see why.Real estate is a very “relationship-oriented” business. A good portion of a successful agent’s business comes from past clients and referrals, of which a new agent wouldn’t have. During the first couple of years, new agents have to earn their business through “sweat equity,” which means a lot of cold-calling expireds, door-knocking and open houses.Because these activities are more of a numbers game, they tend to take longer to pay off, and new agents can go months without a commission check. That’s why it’s so important to select the right brokerage from the start.When you’re ready to start working, make sure that you interview with at least two or three different brokerages. Unlike a traditional job environment, where the employer is interviewing you to see if you’re a good fit for them, you should be interviewing the brokerage to see if it’s a good fit for you. This process is where you’ll start discussing commission splits, lead generation options and training support.If you’re starting the brokerage search from scratch, you’ll want to decide whether you’d like to work for one of the national chains (Re/Max, Keller Williams, etc.) or join up with a boutique brokerage in your local market. The paths are different, and both offer pros and cons.

Apr 06, 2017 04:21 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

What qualities are important to YOU? Find someone that fits those same qualities.

Apr 07, 2017 07:32 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Laura Coleman - education, technology, training and mentorship, followed by split.

Apr 06, 2017 10:43 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Laura Coleman Good rapport with the Broker and one who has a good mentoring and training program.

Apr 06, 2017 10:17 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Qualities?  The question must be asked how one would intend to MEASURE the qualities of the broker?  Seriously, you are sitting across the desk, how can your measure honesty, integrity, mentorshiop and my favorite, the promise of 'train'n.' 

This concept of qualities on a broker is a red herring that for decades guaranteed 90% of newbies will not see their 2nd year anniversary.

The information you need is objective and absolutely measurable. That is what is often referred to as DATA instead of qualities. Establish your business on DATA, the facts and nothing but the facts.

Now, as a small business owner, how can you know if the data you receive is appropriate for you? Well, that is when you refer to your business plan which is required of every person wanting to start a business.

Without it you can not distinguish the fluff from the stuff.

Now that you've decided to actually create a business plan, now you can assess if the brokers business and your business have anything in common. 90 percent of failed agents joined a deep end broker as they tried to measure 'qualities.' Meanwhile the newbie were tossed into the deep end of the pool and everyone watched to see if the newbie could learn to swim.

You have only two questions to ask the broker. From the response you can derive EVERYTHING you need to know which will prove to be the factual information that predicts your outcome.

As a small business owner who has identified the broker with data on their side, the final piece will be, "Can you follow instructions?"

If so, you are destined to make a difference in the real estate world.



Apr 06, 2017 09:19 AM
Toronto, ON

One who provides the services you need.

Apr 06, 2017 09:04 AM
Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT


This question comes up a lot & that's because we all want to start off on the right foot when we enter the business. As a new Agent I'd be looking for something different than an experienced agent would be. I'd look for a Broker who's knowledgeable & willing to share that to help develop you into the best agent you can be. Someone who is well respected in the industry because they may need to go to bat for you one day. Someone who is not competing with you for listings & is dedicated to developing the company & it's agents 1st. Qualities like that. 

May 05, 2018 04:10 PM
Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

Now Paul is a real estate novelist
Who never had time for a wife
And he's talkin' with Davy, who's still in the Navy
And probably will be for life

Sep 21, 2017 04:24 PM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Laura - A lot of it depends on what you want in your broker. Do you want them to provide leads, offer training, hold you responsible, provide you an office, do some marketing for you, mentor you or find a mentor for you, etc., or do you just want them to leave you alone to do your own thing. Also, do you need them to be there for you when you have questions. Last, but least, you need to figure out the commission structure, and what you are looking for.

Apr 09, 2017 10:48 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

One who has time to train you and be available when you have questions.

Apr 09, 2017 03:20 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Someone like me, that wants to see you be successful in this business.

Apr 09, 2017 07:25 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Track record of nurturing successful agents.

Apr 08, 2017 10:14 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

One who's needs and yours mesh.

Apr 08, 2017 07:19 PM
Susie Kay
Ultra Real Estate Dallas Fort Worth - Plano, TX
North Dallas Specialist

Some brokers are more flexible than others and some run like a corporate. For example, my girl friend used to be an agent under of the the big brokers and her broker would call her to her office very week and told her how disappointed she was with her that she couldn't get a listing.  Some will scrutinize your documentation and ask why you do things certain way and will hold payment if you don't follow.  I think you need to select a broker that suits you, the way you work, your personality, the culture etc.

Apr 07, 2017 08:21 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

If you search the archives, this question gets asked several times a month and have recceived some great comments!

Apr 07, 2017 06:23 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Non competing broker with a good training program.

Apr 07, 2017 06:09 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

What do you want in a work enviroment? 

Apr 06, 2017 09:23 PM
Mick Michaud
Distinctly Texas Lifestyle Properties, LLC Office:682/498-3107 - Granbury, TX
Your Texas Lifestyle is Here!

Depends on what you are looking for.  Training, marketing, support, total freedom, production goals, hands-on, hands-off.

Apr 06, 2017 08:37 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Honesty, integrity and time to help answer your questions and point you in the right direction.

Apr 06, 2017 08:01 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

What are good qualities toyou

Apr 06, 2017 07:17 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel


Apr 06, 2017 07:07 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

How about someone who is a good listener and problem solver?

Apr 06, 2017 04:25 PM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

It depends on your priorites at the moment - education, leads, large vs small and so on, but integrity and supportive personality are always key.

Apr 06, 2017 02:26 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Quality and intelligence. Add a little vision and voila!

Apr 06, 2017 01:42 PM
Maria Sapio
Keller Williams of Central PA - Carlisle, PA
Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA.

Initial training and then continued training as well as a strong mentorship program...
Also, be sure to meet your Director or Operations to be sure it's a good 'fit' for you.

Apr 06, 2017 12:16 PM