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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

I believe Mr/Ms Anonymous has previously asked this question -- I also understand that they are selling the "secret sauce" and all the examination questions too. 

Jan 16, 2019 01:35 PM
Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate
Tropical Beachside brokered by eXp - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

Sophia, I looked at your profile and it states "Training to reactivate my real estate license". Since you had to be previously licensed to reactivate, you should know the answer to this question.

In the event you don't or this is an online school requirement, Maria Sapio and Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041 gave you all the info you need...nothing I can add to their comments.

Jan 16, 2019 12:58 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Maria Sapio gave you a great response!

Remember, you don't 'work' for a broker - they work for YOU! Whatever is important to you is what you look for in a broker.

Jan 16, 2019 03:53 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

ugh.  not this question again.

Jan 16, 2019 02:23 PM
Maria Sapio
Keller Williams of Central PA - Carlisle, PA
Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA.

Hello Sophia - and welcome to Active Rain!
This is one of the most frequently asked questions on our Q/A board, so I invite you to view the archives to see previously posted responses.
Here's one to start:

Jan 16, 2019 12:53 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Asked and answered hundreds and hundreds of times here. Check out the archives. By the way... as a real estate agent you are an independent contractor and you don't work FOR any broker. 

Jan 16, 2019 03:08 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I spent a lot of time on this one, and the only real answer that I found was the amazing Training, Technology, Coaching and Culture at Keller Williams.

Jan 16, 2019 03:08 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Follow Maria Sapio and Diana Zaccaro - I would think after all these years the school would amend the question .... a broker to work FOR?  As Debe Maxwell, CRS points out ... we do not work for a broker ... unless perhaps it is an administrative role not as a licensed agent. 

Jan 17, 2019 08:58 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Have them answer these questions and then make you decision:

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?


Jan 16, 2019 02:13 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

interview many of them and compare training programs and mentoring....

Jan 16, 2019 01:33 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Sorry, I have broker explanation fatigue.

Jan 16, 2019 01:00 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Type this in search and you will find a plethora of information.

Jan 16, 2019 03:02 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Select the office that will best meet your personal needs.


Jan 16, 2019 03:00 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Sophia, there will be coming a long list of attributes and qualities that will prove beneficial to a new agent. Unfortunately you will be unable to measure any of those qualities while seated across the desk from a broker. All you really can do is choose which sweet words you will believe.

Would not a better approach be, when making such an important business decision, to go with the FACTS. Facts are objective, not subjective, and provides the new business owner a level of confidence that fabric exists to create a successful real estate business. This omission of discipline my be contributing to the 90% failure of new agents to see their 2nd year anniversary.

There are only two question to ask and from the response you can know all things relevant about that real estate broker. Or you can accept my welcome to the world of real estate deceptive practices.

Jan 16, 2019 12:50 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Follow Maria Sapio 's wise advice. A

Jan 17, 2019 01:04 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate


Jan 17, 2019 06:30 AM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Depends on what stage of your career you're in.

At first, a broker with a strong training and mentorship program is important. After that, a broker with a good commission split and a strong community presence is important.

Jan 17, 2019 03:28 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel


Jan 17, 2019 03:20 AM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Sophia Apomayta many good responses.

Jan 16, 2019 09:22 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

How much they will mentor you, weekly, monthly and what their agents have to say about them.

Jan 16, 2019 07:44 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

A pulse and a check book to pay you with.

Jan 16, 2019 07:03 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Once you obtain your license you will be ready to really learn to be a real estate agent. You need to find a broker who will provide you with training and guidance to be successful. A broker who offers a mentor to help you in your quest for success is a plus.

Jan 16, 2019 04:48 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe
Jan 16, 2019 04:43 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Tool-up to do your job. Don't spend time and where to do it...Jump-in!

Jan 16, 2019 01:42 PM
Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Coast & Luxury

One that is compatible with your own goals.

Feb 12, 2019 12:26 PM
Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL

Look for training.

Jan 21, 2019 07:32 PM
Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

No idea.

Jan 21, 2019 07:11 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Good luck, but you don't WORK for a broker.

Jan 20, 2019 07:13 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

once again, wha qulities are importnat to you

Jan 18, 2019 08:00 PM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Warmer than room temperature always works for me

Jan 17, 2019 10:16 AM