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In my daily life as a Barrington real estate broker, I meet with all sorts of responses about my working with an independent real estate brokerage in Barrington. Whether it's raised eyebrows, looks of confusion or about 6 times a year a request from another broker to meet for lunch so they can recruit me, reactions are diverse. So I thought it's about time I explained in print why I like working as an independent and how it benefits me.
First it's important to explain that Royal Advocate Realty in Barrington the owners of RealEstateInBarrington.com, RealEstateLakeZurich.com and RelocationHouseHunters.com is my company. Having started out in real estate as an agent with a local independent company then moving to a large franchise name it was clear to me I did not like their business models, so what's a girl to do? Simple, get my brokers license and start my own company. That was in 2008 and I have never looked back.
I think it's a fair comment that if you want to run your own company, you'll have a blast doing it and I am. It's not for everyone. It works for me because I have always done my own thing. The challenge of starting an LLC, designing logos, finding premises, deciding how I want to run my company for me is not a challenge at all, it's exciting and fun. Of course we are three and a half years old now and going strong. Those raised eyebrows that indicated I was plain mad to start a Barrington real estate brokerage in a declining market can be unraised! We did it, we being my husband and I.
So why do I like running my own independent Barrington real estate brokerage?
Simply the freedom to make my own choices. To run my business the way I want. As long as I abide by the law of real estate in Illinois, I am free to run my business my way. I can make a rule and break a rule. I have all the flexibility in the world. I see this as a major advantage for my clients, my goal being to make sure everything I do for my clients has a benefit for them first and foremost.
So what's in the future of Royal Advocate Realty?
Sorry cannot tell you all my secrets, there are others watching and I want to be the first. So for now lets just say I will continue promoting our online presence. Our Barrington web site has pretty much conquered the competition, big and small, now it's time to do the same with Lake Zurich and our relocation site. No matter who you are I believe if you have a skill you must make best use of it. Ignoring my real estate skills, mine is increasing our online presence. This helps bring us new clients, it helps our clients get exposure for their Barrington homes, and it provides an ever growing resource for our visitors.
One thing is for sure, we are not going anywhere. Our business is rock solid, we make prudent business decisions to keep it that way. If you are in the market to buy or sell a Barrington home soon, give our website a twirl and let us know what you think.
For now, because it is the day before Thanksgiving, I wish everyone in my US family a Happy Thanksgiving, we are proud to have adopted your tradition and give thanks for your business, friendship and love.
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.