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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I would ask them these questions:

1. Do you provide formal training to agents?

2. Is there a program where new agents are mentored by top producers?

3. Are any of my training or class expenses eligible for reimbursement?

4. What is the starting commission split? Does it change with production?

5. Is there a bonus program?

6. What costs am I required to cover?

7. Am I required to have additional auto insurance?

8. Where do you advertise and who pays for it?

9. Are my desired farm areas already taken by other agents in the company?

10. Will I receive a copy of company policies to review?

11. What is the dress code for the office?

12. How many agents are in the company?

13. What is the average gross volume of your agents?

14. What commission does the company typically charge? Am I allowed to offer a lower rate?

15. What is your policy on referrals within the company and to outside agents?

16. Is there any clerical or support assistance available through the company?

17. Do you have regular meetings?

18. Is the environment team-based or individual?

19. Do you handle commercial listings or property management?

20. How many listings does the office typically have?

21. What is the company’s market share?

22. What are your office goals?

23. What are your expectations of me?

Mar 01, 2018 04:49 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Richard Weeks nailed this one!  I'm in a family company that I basically run, so I have little to nothing that I look for.  Basically it's "Provide support when needed and stay out of my way."

Mar 01, 2018 07:16 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

As far as I'm concerned, I hang my license with a top brokerage in town... because I don't want to run my own firm in that regard. But beyond that, after 25 years in the business, I don't look for any qualities from a broker besides availability should I need to call about an issue (which maybe happens twice a year). Personally, I'm all about brokerages that don't overwhelm me with gratuitous paperwork and sales meetings. As long as they leave me alone to run my business I'm a happy camper.

Mar 01, 2018 04:08 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Same answers - culture, support, fairness, accountability and education.

Feb 28, 2018 10:25 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

This answer is different depending on the experience of the agent.  New agents need a lot of training, support and mentorship.  Experienced agents just want the administrative support and be left alone to run their business.  

Mar 01, 2018 07:07 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

Damn, Richard Weeks beat me to every question I was thinking of and then some. I'll defer to his mastery.

Mar 01, 2018 06:42 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Availability and Mentorship skills

Mar 01, 2018 02:51 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

For me: location, reputation, personal relationships( I like prefer smaller offices vs huge boxes), personal and work ethics. 

Feb 28, 2018 11:11 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I could spend days going on and on about the amazing leaders in our company, and it all starts with a Vision and Servant leadership.

Feb 28, 2018 10:50 PM
Lesley Wilson-VanGoethem
Innovative Realty Solutions Group - Winter Springs, FL
Residential Real Estate Broker Associate

Left a big chain, to go to a boutique brokerage because of the broker...
Saw her live what she preached, education, support , cheerleader,promoter..


Mar 01, 2018 04:23 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I fond a broker that allowed me to hit the road running.

Mar 01, 2018 02:50 PM
PropertyMinder (AccelerAgent)
PropertyMinder, Inc. - San Jose, CA
Modern Tools for the Modern Agent
Mar 01, 2018 11:09 AM
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

Broker qualities that are important to me:

Be supremely knowledgable about the market and about the contract

Be supportive, available and responsive 

Offer training on contracts not just lead generation


Mar 01, 2018 11:00 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker


 However, when I was an agent, I detested the mandatory weekly sales meeting followed by a caravan/tour.  Total waste of a day.

Mar 01, 2018 09:42 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

the key quality is offering training to new licensed agents.... and to continue that with mentoring as the agent hits the pavement.....


Mar 01, 2018 08:55 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

I am past that ... my ship has sailed and there is no looking back.  What better way to get all the qualities I looked for than to just be my own broker. 

Mar 01, 2018 08:45 AM
Christine Kankowski North SD and Temecula
House Match Inc - Poway, CA
Excellent Sales and Property Management

This answer will change greatly depending on an agents experience.  WHen i first started, I wanted training, leads, meetings to discuss laws, best practices. Today, I look at split, communiation, paperless, etc

Mar 01, 2018 08:10 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I recommend selecting the office that will best meet the needs of the individual.

I like to be surrounded by highly successful people.

Mar 01, 2018 07:05 AM
Susie Kay
Ultra Real Estate Dallas Fort Worth - Plano, TX
North Dallas Specialist

Brokers who are knowledgeable, experienced, and willing to assist.  I have come acrossed quite a few brokers who got a broker license by passing the exam but not much real estate experience.  

Mar 01, 2018 06:39 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Richard Weeks nailed this one!

Mar 01, 2018 06:32 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

This really depends on where I am in my career progression as an agent.  Currently, I don't want to see or hear from my broker.

Mar 01, 2018 05:33 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

How do you 'measure' a quality?

You either like them or you don't. This is just as subjective as qualities.

A newbie needs to be a fruit inspector, not a 'do I feel good' reactor.

Going down the 'qualities' garden path is a disservice to those you hope to help.

Mar 01, 2018 04:53 AM
PeterMark SEO
PeterMarkSEO - Holiday, FL
Real Estate Technology, SEO Web Development

A hogh trust flow and domain authority broker

Feb 28, 2018 11:39 PM
Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
www.SIBRealty.org 305-931-6931

Great answers are here. Good luck.

Oct 16, 2018 09:33 PM
Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

A lot of great answers are here. 

Oct 16, 2018 09:13 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Cannot top Richard Week's comment - his is excellent.

Mar 03, 2018 06:34 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Jason Osborn - TRUST!

Mar 01, 2018 10:53 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Integrity and honesty and having a good market presence were important to me. 

Mar 01, 2018 08:11 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


You have great answers.

Mar 01, 2018 07:39 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Chemistry with the broker, a buy in to their mentoring program and in house training.

Mar 01, 2018 01:54 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Many .

Mar 01, 2018 01:23 AM