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Great question. We've changed brokerages twice in our careers. The first time was from a big box to a boutique. We made the move due to some drama we were experiencing and a toxic environment, we also saved a significant amount of money. We stayed with that boutique firm for 2 years. We were still experiencing drama, and again a bad environment, so we made another change. Both changes were actually unplanned. We are now with a mid-sized company and very happy!
As for qualities in a broker? I want someone who is knowledgeable and who has good people and leadership skills. Someone who will encourage me to grow and to grow my business.
Due diligence with a list of questions important to you...
I am just a team member with my husband.
Trust is #1.
Personal fit. Dissatisfaction with the current office.
I'd see the support - in terms of education, training, systems, technology and then what split the broker offers.
The broker should have a record of success and the office should provide an outstanding working environment.