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Since I'm a co-owner of our Exit Realty franchise along with my husband, David, there's no question that I have to do a blog specifically about Exit Realty. First of all, just so you understand where I'm coming from, I would like to state our roles. David, as Broker, manages the franchise overall operations while I manage my own business as a Realtor, although I do help out with franchise issues as needed.
Most people may be surprised to learn that initially I voted "no" to purchase this franchise. We were a small independent brokerage and we finally came to the conclusion that we needed to hook up with a real estate franchise to make it in the real estate world. We needed the branding and recognition, the training, and even the policies and procedures that a national company can bring. We looked at lots of franchises. It was my husband, David, who brought Exit Realty to my attention. I told him "no way - that's a terrible name!" I don't want to be known as "Exit". Who are they, anyway? I've never heard of them." So, we continued looking at other franchises. Then, he brought me more information about Exit. I began looking at it and it looked interesting. The residual concept caught my eye. I researched it some more. "It's the fastest growing real estate company ever". Boy, did that catch my eye! We then interviewed with the Ohio Regional Owner and I was sold! This company is starting something new and refreshing - something different - something that is going to be big! Something that has become very big in other states. I want in on it! I even bought into the name "Exit" and it's still growing on me! After all, what is the #1 rule of marketing? A name that is not forgotten! I don't think anyone can forget the Exit name. Also, what other real estate company in the world can state that they advertise at all other real estate company conventions. Look around you - there are EXIT signs above every door! This was not the selling point, however.
The selling points were the residual system and how it works and the phenomenal training that Exit provides. The Exit business model is tops! The residual system is one level, not multi-level. You sponsor someone into the company and if they make a sale, you get 10% of the commission coming into the company. The selling agent (your sponsoree) gets 70%. We start at a 70/30 split up to $100,000, then the split is 90/10. I won't go into all the details in this blog but please don't hesitate to contact me with questions if you are interested in becoming a part of Exit Realty.
What I like the very best about Exit is the mentoring system. It's difficult to survive in any business without a mentor. David and I enjoy mentoring the agents at our office and encourage the agents to mentor others out there. We love to share ideas with everyone and learn new ways to improve ourselves and our business.
Think about it - if you sponsor someone into the company, you definitely have a vested interest for them to do well.
David and I attended the broker/owner training near Toronto Canada last year. Exit's corporate offices are in Canada. We were pleasantly surprised by the overwhelming constant philosophy of mentoring and helping others. "By helping others, you help yourself" I know I've heard this before but Exit takes it to a new level and there's no question, that in this company, it works! Our Chairman and Founder of Exit, Steve Morris, was there everyday with us during the training. It definitely made us feel we made the right decision. There's no question we made the right decision about Exit - I can't wait to see where we are five years down the road. Exit just entered the Ohio market mid 2006. If we do here what Exit has done in other states, Exit will be the #1 real estate company in Ohio. I'm looking forward to our future with Exit.
I also want to say it can be tough having a balanced life when you are a Realtor. We have six children - WOW! - who knew? Well, actually, we have one child together, Jaclyn, age 4, and I have another daughter, Elizabeth, age 14, and David has 4 other children, all over the age of 20. David and I were married just five years ago and now have quite a large extended family. We work hard, try to have some relaxation time, and have a normal family life too. It is definitely a balancing act. I've heard some Realtors say that real estate and family life do not mix together well. I can understand that thought because it does take a lot of time and effort to make a real estate career work. I love working in real estate and I love my family so it really does not seem so bad. I believe if you love what you are doing whether it is work or family or a hobby, you will do well.
My words of advice today are "Think Positive Thoughts". If you feel good about yourself and what you do, you are on the right track. It's amazing how much we actually create our own destiny with our thoughts. "Positive thoughts take me places were I only imagined I could go". Whew! - okay - some of you may be saying to yourself that I'm really going off the deep end now! Well, it's all about affirmations! You think about where you want to be, you then think about it in terms that you are already there, and "presto" , you're there! It may not be as quick as the sentence but the basic idea is that if you visualize yourself succeeding, you will follow the path to get you there. I'm a firm believer of this because it has worked for me and continues to work for me. You could say that I'm a dreamer. I do often daydream but my dreams have taken me places. When I daydream or visualize, I come up with ideas on how to get to where I need to go.
Disclaimer: ActiveRain Corp. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. ActiveRain Corp. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.