The new agent asks: "Will it damage my credibility to have my broker involved in my first listing?"
Yes, it might. Do it anyway.
There are variations on this theme - such as when a new agent objects to sharing his first few commissions with a mentor, or an experienced agent refuses to get help on his first short sale listing or commercial deal. After all, in today's market especially, we NEED every last penny of that commission!
But that's not really the point, is it?
We real estate agents charge a lot of money for what we do. Part of our fee includes a level of expertise that our clients have every right to expect from us. It's not their job to teach us our craft; no, that's OUR job - to learn it so we can be the experts our clients need us to be. Even if "learning it" takes money out of our pockets.
So, if you aren't yet the expert, it's simply the right thing to do to bring on someone who is. Yes, whether you've been selling real estate for weeks or decades. We owe it to our future adoring fans to take great care of them!
p.s. back to the original question posted here - DOES it hurt an agent's credibility to have his broker involved? If so, any thoughts on how to mitigate the damage?