I began my real estate career in late 2008. After speaking with all the "Bigs" in the industry, I decided to go to a small independent company in Greenville, SC called New Way Properties. It was a company that started in late 2004 and had quickly become one of the top independents in the area. It was a company that was creative in its ideas as well as giving each agent more freedoms and the ability to be creative on their own. These are the characteristics that sold me on this company, not to mention our office is in Downtown Greenville with a great store front.
I found out just recently that New Way Properties will soon become part of Keller Williams Realty. This will be a huge transition for everyone in the office and big changes will be coming over the next few weeks. Joining a large firm like Keller Williams will definitely fill in some of the gaps that a small independent company has, like limited resources and technology.
For me this transition is creating more answers than questions though. Is Keller Williams the right company for me? If not Keller Williams, then who? It is only a change that I want to make once and weighing all the different aspects of the different companies has definitely shown where each company's core strengths are.
My decision will have a huge impact in the future of my business. It is extremely important that the decision I make is the right one. Other factors definitely come into play other than commission structures. Which company will provide me the best opportunity to grow my business in the near and long term future? Which company has the best technology? Which company has the best corporate relationships? These are all questions that I will answer in the next few days and weigh among each company. Whatever company I choose, I am presented an opportunity to improve. Only time will tell how much improvement that decision will make on my business.