How to change brokerages like a professional

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Parkland/Coral Springs Realty-GreatFloridaHomes Team BK-0450270

Change is never easy, especially after 13 years in the same Brokerage office. I actually cried when I went to my Broker to say, "Good Bye". It is difficult to walk away from relationships in hopes that the friendship will continue.

Was pleasantly surprised that we found a better opportunity with Keller Williams and thrilled that are previous Broker was really "FIRST CLASS" in the way they handled our transfer. So happy because we show up there a lot for mail and checks after being there so long,

We love the culture at Keller Williams Partners Realty and always wish ALL OF THE AGENTS we interact with everyday, the very best in success!   Joy

Original content by Bryan Robertson CA BRE #01191946

I've seen quite a few agents leave brokerages recently (as happens this time of year) and the manner in which many of them leave seems appalling.  Having seen many layoffs, firings, and retirements and more in the corporate world, it seems nobody passed along the right way to do it.  For starters...don't burn bridges.


How It Often Happens

Many times it seems the agent in question gets upset at something and decides they're better off elsewhere.  That's often the first mistake but that's a whole other article.  What seems to happen is this:

  • Show up disgruntled at work and talk to anyone who will listen
  • Sneak into the office Sunday morning at 7AM to clean out the desk
  • Call or email everyone in the office to tell them you're leaving
  • Abruptly tell your managing broker you quit (or just leave the paperwork on their desk)
  • Bitch about the old broker to everyone in the new office

It's not quite this bad all the time but often times it is.  I'm not sure why but it seems there is a lot of whining in the background.  While I suppose it's normal if one is unhappy, to be professonal means not complaining about all the flaws with your current broker.  Being professional means...being professional.  Keep the emotional elements out of the mix.


How You Should Change Brokers

There's nothing more clarifying than a little introspection. When it seems like your broker is terrible and life is going badly, take the time to see what your role in all that has been.  If the broker truly is a clod, that's one thing, but making a move should involve some thoughts around why.  When you think about why you want to move, you might discover things about how you do business that could keep coming up...or not.  Basically - figure out how not to repeat the same things that have caused you to move this time.

A few steps to consider when moving:

  • Review why you want to move
  • Figure out a plan on how to move to make a smooth transition
  • Ensure all your data held by your broker is duplicated elsewhere
  • Schedule a time with your broker to discuss moving and have the discussion
  • Keep the discussions to yourself and your sob stories at either brokerage
  • Balance both positives and negatives when reflecting on your experience
  • Focus on ensuring your customers see no impact from the transition


Keeping Up Past Relations

When I've changed brokers the departures were very professional and both made it clear I was welcome back should I so choose.  This is important.  Keep this in mind...


It's not that you leave, it's the manner in which you leave.

When handled well, you'll be welcome back.  You may need to work with these people in future deals.  You might also need to come back.  Handle the departure professionally and it'll be better for everyone in the long run...including you.




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Comments (6)

Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

It is important not to burn bridges!  The real estate world is a very small world.

Feb 24, 2013 09:45 AM
Scott Nowling
Prudential Starck - Saint Charles, IL
Prudential Starck

In the corporate world I left a company and burned no bridges.  Had to go back a year later.  I am so glad I could walk over that bridge...

Feb 24, 2013 09:46 AM
Joy Carter & Jeff Booker Brother and Sister Team
Keller Williams Parkland/Coral Springs Realty-GreatFloridaHomes Team - Coral Springs, FL
Trust Your Family's Move To Our Expertise!

Joan - The real estate world of gossip is rampant too!

Scott - Like you, we were glad the bridge was left solid in case we wanted to change our minds, but we are certain we made the right choice.

Feb 24, 2013 09:50 AM
David Spencer
Keller Williams Northland - Kansas City, MO
Show Me real estate in Kansas City
You made the right decision.
Feb 24, 2013 10:00 AM
Bryan Robertson
Los Altos, CA

Thanks for reblogging, Joy, I appreciate it.

Feb 25, 2013 10:54 AM
Joy Carter & Jeff Booker Brother and Sister Team
Keller Williams Parkland/Coral Springs Realty-GreatFloridaHomes Team - Coral Springs, FL
Trust Your Family's Move To Our Expertise!


My pleasure! I liked the Integrity in it! 


Feb 25, 2013 10:57 AM