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.