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Rainmaker
70,344
Ricardo Mello
Manhattan Miami Real Estate - Manhattan, NY
Manhattan & Miami Real Estate Agent

My own William... Manhattan Miami Real Estate

Dec 27, 2018 01:34 PM
Rainmaker
6,365,159
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I prefer a large office where you are surrounded by highly successful professionals.

Dec 27, 2018 03:54 PM
Ambassador
4,090,382
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I sell boutique services under the umbrella of a national brand.

Dec 27, 2018 06:39 PM
Rainmaker
14,857
Jennifer Hunter
Southern Tradition Real Estate - West Fork, AR
Realtor servicing NW Arkansas

I have only worked at local boutique brokerages. I had enough corporate BS in my previous work life. I just feel my opinion is heard at a smaller brokerage and it feels more like family. 

Dec 27, 2018 03:27 PM
Rainmaker
1,837,035
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I prefered Me,Myself, & I. No personnel headaches that way.

Dec 27, 2018 02:30 PM
Rainmaker
188,981
Kris Collis, Associate Broker
Smart Way America Realty - East Stroudsburg, PA
Professional Results you Expect 570-801-5525

Interesting question.  I have worked at both national franchises and at local independent brokers - both styles have a place and a purpose depending on agent goals.  New agents looking to learn the business might benefit from a franchise with structure, strong lead generation and technology systems.  Be prepared to make a time commitment to those systems.  A mature agent with established niche market may no longer wish to pay franchise fees or deal with "red-lighting" or an out-of-state corporate office "imposing" commission rates.  But the options now extend beyond boutique vs larger companies.  eXP for example with over 400,000 agents is both virtual and huge.  Virtual offices have definitely gained over brick and mortar in recent years.

Dec 27, 2018 01:47 PM
Rainmaker
512,674
Dan Tabit
Keller Williams Bellevue - Sammamish, WA

I spent the first 17 years in the business in a boutique office.  I did well and never gave serious thought of leaving. Our company was then absorbed into KW and I'm learning things and gaining resources I didn't have before.  Both have benefits. 

Dec 27, 2018 01:44 PM
Rainer
3,195
Josh Martin
Cream City Home Buyers, LLC - Milw, WI
We Buy Houses in the Milwaukee Metro Market.

I'm a boutique style guy. I first jumped around between Berkshire Hathaway and Realty Executives, and now I'm at a small neighborhood brokerage. There's benefits to each, but being a new agent at the larger brokerages I found was very frustrating as they all seem to basically operate on a warm bodies approach. My broker is great now and I can actually get him on the phone.

Dec 28, 2018 10:20 AM
Rainmaker
1,361,378
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Boutique that I own.  No red tape that way.  :)

Dec 28, 2018 09:06 AM
Ambassador
3,000,740
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

I did the big box for 9.5 years.  I am just not into Walmart, Kmart, or Target shopping ...Bigger is not better.  

I am boutique all the way ... I've never looked back. 

Dec 28, 2018 08:10 AM
Rainmaker
1,707,297
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I am a boutique.

Dec 28, 2018 04:04 AM
Rainmaker
4,017,012
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Depends on the situation. I have done both and each served its purpose!

Dec 28, 2018 03:53 AM
Rainmaker
1,509,902
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

A small boutique now, after rolling through large brokers. 

Dec 28, 2018 01:54 AM
Rainmaker
938,989
Diana Zaccaro
Tropical Beachside brokered by eXp - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

I've been with both a big box national franchise and local independent brokers and each was the right choice at the time.

Dec 27, 2018 10:53 PM
Ambassador
2,545,279
Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

"Boutique" sounds too feminine.  I prefer the terms Independent, Locally Owned, and Non-Franchise. 

Dec 27, 2018 03:26 PM
Rainmaker
5,363,445
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

William,

I recommend companies that are agent centric!  Those are broker centric are often competing against their own people. A

Dec 27, 2018 01:52 PM
Rainmaker
563,329
Maria Sapio
Keller Williams of Central PA - Carlisle, PA
Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA. Mariasapio.com

I've always been with a larger brokerage - 

Dec 28, 2018 10:25 AM
Rainmaker
868,841
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

I 'prefer' the brokerage that ACTUALLY empowers me to create my own business.

I 'prefer' the brokerage that brings something to the table, you know, like a brand name synonymous with real estate. No need to explain what REMAX is.

I 'prefer' a brokerage that gets out of the way instead of creating 'self-serving' obstacles.

I look for a brokerage that has a vision for what is coming and possesses the courage to prepare.

Today, ALL brokerages are looking to preserve the past and their sandbox. They have proven to be the obstacles of change and not the catalyst to change.

Dec 28, 2018 10:14 AM
Rainmaker
4,799,306
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Boutique for me.

Dec 28, 2018 06:43 AM
Rainmaker
3,870,062
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I prefer working with ready, willing and able clients.

Dec 28, 2018 06:37 AM
Rainer
133,144
Mike Baltierra
Rise Realty - Eastvale, CA
Full Service at Your Service Realtor-Eastvale CA

Started with large firm but prefer the boutique

Dec 28, 2018 06:23 AM
Rainmaker
3,903,763
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I've done both and prefer a large company where I offer highly personalized "boutique service" under the umbrella of a major national brand.

Dec 28, 2018 04:21 AM
Rainmaker
1,135,737
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Makes no difference. It is take home pay that counts. 

Never had a brokerage where leads are not handed out to relatives. You like sales meetings where they offer doughnuts or begels as inducement?

 

Dec 27, 2018 08:31 PM
Ambassador
5,210,415
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Have operated a small company for the last 30 years, now I am really enjoying the immense resources available to me at Keller Williams.

Dec 27, 2018 07:39 PM
Rainmaker
4,433,483
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Re/Max.

Dec 27, 2018 04:10 PM
Rainmaker
553,748
Francine Viola
Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA - Olympia, WA
REALTOR®, In Tune with your Real Estate Needs

I've only worked at Coldwell Banker so I can't compare but I love it.  My broker and my colleagues make it a wonderful place to work!

Dec 27, 2018 02:08 PM
Rainmaker
806,727
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Smaller.

Dec 28, 2018 10:41 AM
Rainmaker
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Dave Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
Making Realty Dreams a Reality #WeWillGetYouHome

It depends specifically on who is running the show and their business model rather than the Large vs boutique'

Jan 03, 2019 07:23 AM
Rainer
138,995
Anthony Kirlew
Group 46:10 Network @ eXp Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Helping You Make Fiscally Sound Choices

Larger usually means more resources, which is why I love Keller Williams.

Jan 01, 2019 07:57 AM
Rainmaker
3,833,626
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Glad I have my own company!

Dec 30, 2018 10:57 AM
Rainmaker
4,732,180
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I opened my own company in 2009, and work individually.  Love it! 

Dec 30, 2018 07:38 AM
Rainmaker
3,985,771
William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I would not call my agency a botique, but I would never work under a large corp where I am a number

Dec 29, 2018 08:44 PM
Rainmaker
867,714
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN

If I did not like working where I am I should probably make a change.

Dec 28, 2018 02:31 PM