Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041, Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ  (ReMax Realtec Group)

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

there are no advantages.... an office is as good as the agents who work there.... and that could be boutique or franchised...

Jun 05, 2017 06:06 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Most of our 'behemoths' shut their doors during the bust, and their brokers went to work for other brokers (mostly indie).

Now, do you mean indie or boutique? They are different.

Indie = non-franchised, not a big name.

Boutique = not open to public, select clientele, referral or appointment only.

You probably can't walk in and plop your butt down in a chair at a boutique, and be served by the floor agent who is probably either required to sit there or needs to drum up business, who may or may not have the skillset you need for your goals.

Chances are, a boutique broker will come by referral and high recommendation, as someone well-versed in helping with your particular needs.

Jun 05, 2017 09:15 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

It is all about the agent ... not the broker/age.  

Jun 05, 2017 07:49 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Many claim that they do, but I doubt that it has as much to do with the size of the office as it does with the folks who work there.

Jun 05, 2017 06:48 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I am affiliated with the largest franchise in the world and provide the most personalized service imaginable. Have never found that boutiques do anything better and often they can't afford to be on the cutting edge of technology for their agents.

Jun 05, 2017 06:17 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

It depends on your positioning in your marketplace, what you stand for, and the agents in the company.  A.  

Jun 05, 2017 07:14 AM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker


Jun 05, 2017 06:53 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Boutique offices can be more nimble than the behemoths.  There are less politics to worry about.  For example, I removed my office's listings from IDX feeds and the major portals except  to do this, I sent in a request and my broker signed it, then the board did the work.  Good luck getting a re/max office to do this, let alone see the value in it.


A C21/remax/prudential/etc. can be slow to move into a new arena or new way of doing business, but when they do they have lots of money to throw at it.

On the other hand, a boutique can be on snapchat/etc. tomorrow and be an early adopter... they just won't have the millions that a big box can throw into it.

Jun 05, 2017 05:39 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties


Jun 05, 2017 11:24 AM
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

In local markets they can become almost better branded than the behemoths because they are unique to the area.  No franchise fees so those fees can be used to market their own brand and farm areas more.  This is an age old argument - some who swear by their franchise name, and others who see no benefit to it - both with extremely successful agents, so really why does it matter?  It's another of those, whatever works best for you things.  I've been with an independent brokerage for 13 years and have no interest in being with a behemoth. -Kasey

Jun 05, 2017 08:13 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

   No particular advantage.  

Jun 05, 2017 07:42 AM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Flexibility to tailor programs and give more agent-focused training

Jun 06, 2017 01:37 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

In my case, it allows me the freedom to work the way I want without a corporate nanny.

Jun 06, 2017 04:54 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Small Brokerages can offer much  more pesonalized service.  At least that is what people who hire me tell me.

Jun 05, 2017 10:24 PM
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

Lower overhead (although that may be relative).

Office Culture is potentially easier to create and manage.

Competitive in the fees, splits and expenses.

My buddy Jamie who I interviewed on my Podcast last week runs a great one.

Jun 05, 2017 08:56 PM
Steven Nickens
Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers - Wailea, HI
R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii

I am over working for franchises, with technology and information at our finger tips I am done giving my commission away to big franchise. The Internet has made information available to the world so access is easy to access.  With social media and blogging you can get the word out. Maybe if your lazy and want to cruise franchise  might be worth it. 

Jun 05, 2017 08:52 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I'm with a small broker and i like it. I believe the most important benefit of large companies is: more money for marketing. 

Jun 05, 2017 06:41 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I have never known personal service to fail

Jun 05, 2017 10:04 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Have not seen a advantage to it.


Jun 05, 2017 08:59 AM
Teri Pacitto
Compass - Westlake Village, CA
Real Estate, Your Style...Your Home...My Specialty

It's always the agent; not the brokerage.  

Jun 05, 2017 07:58 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

No advantages at all. 

The name recognition of major firms is more important.

Jun 05, 2017 07:32 AM
Harry F. D'Elia III
Avant Garde Residential Management Services - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

they can move quicker

Jun 05, 2017 06:22 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

This will be controversial I am sure, but they don't. I don't see how they can compete. We have behemoth websites, name brand recognition, people flock to where they know that's why they spend millions on commercials.


Jun 05, 2017 06:17 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ


Jun 05, 2017 06:06 AM
Dave Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
Making Realty Dreams a Reality #WeWillGetYouHome

I think their appeal lies primarily in the name and the focus of their businesses if they are true to them

Dec 22, 2017 10:04 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041 I agree with Barbara Todaro . It makes no difference. It's the agent who chooses their best fit.

Jun 06, 2017 06:40 AM