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change is GOOD??

Real Estate Agent with Atlanta SOLD Sisters

There has been discussion on one of my other blogs about the reasons and stressors of changing "formats" in real estate - joining a team, leaving a team, changing brokers, relocating - any type of major change in your business format, location or outlook.

For me, change has been all positive - thanks to a blog on legalities of blogging, I will leave out all names - not hard to see where I'm at currently ...

I left a smaller brokerage end of May - the office was actually closing, so it wasn't exactly a choice -

BUT I had started my real estate career with the company and it was PERFECT for a new agents - lots of great training, "field" work, mentoring, etc. - some hand-holding - and an amazing way to get my feet wet without diving in

When that office closed, I looked at number of brokerages - I'm one of those ... - and realized all of my training and experience had really set me up to know more about what I was looking for - once I determined which brokerage - my current brokerage has 17 offices - I was presented with the choice of going it alone or joining a team of people who I "knew" and were well established in an area that I both live and wanted to focus on reaching out to more

I chose the team route to give me more support and because having a name that people in the area knew helped establish more credibility for me - and it's proven true

SO to get back on topic - of course, it was a stressor to find out my office was closing - after I was just getting going pretty well - and a stressor to start at a new office - with 124 other agents - BUT I will say that they all made me feel very welcome and I was impressed to be up on their website about 15 minutes after filling out my paperwork -

I must say ultimately that I had an ideal scenario, but still credit some of that to diligent research, interviews, and making decisions about what was right for me -

I would love to hear about others experiences in changing offices, joining a team, relocating to a different market, etc.

Christopher Benedict
BIG Realty - Collegeville, PA
I am looking to bulld and grow a team, so hopefully you can let me know the positives and negatives about your experience...is there internal competition?  Where do you see yourself growing, etc!  Best of luck to you!
Aug 31, 2007 02:33 AM
Debbie Johnson
REMERICA United Realty - Novi, MI
Novi, MI Real Estate Professional

I, too, changed offices a few years ago due to the fact that my previous office was closing.  It was one of the better things that happened to me in my career.  The office I am not with is ran by an extremely professional broker.  She is always looking to improve the office for her agents.  Change was good.

I love the saying:

If you keep doing what you're doing, you'll keep getting what you're getting.




Aug 31, 2007 02:41 AM
Lee Adkins
Atlanta SOLD Sisters - Alpharetta, GA

Christopher - I am emailing you directly now ...

Deb - that is sooo true - change for me was growth - and surrounding myself with experienced professionals (plus having my "own" office) - other agents seem to think that these larger offices/brokerages don't offer much broker support - BUT my experience has been amazing - I don't know how she keeps 120+ of us in line - I wouldn't wish that on anyone!

Aug 31, 2007 02:47 AM
Larry Wright
nwRealty.Com - Tacoma, WA
Lee ... after 13 years in the business I've made three significant transitions.  The first was from my original "incubator" brokerage to a higher "production" environment.  From there I actually hung up my license for a while to found our current B2B corporation that serves the real estate industry.  Early this year I went back and got my broker license in order to expand and improve our existing B2B services.  For me "change = growth".
Oct 11, 2007 03:17 AM