Jack Lewitz (IL Real Estate Specialists)

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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
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It's less important than before and I don't work from it, but there are still plenty of agents, especially teams, who do. Besides, you need to put support staff somewhere, as well as hopefully provide meeting places for your agents with the clients. Maybe the offices are not quite as large, but they will continue to exist.

Jan 14, 2016 08:35 PM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
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I don't think the space requirements are that big for offices now.  A

Jan 14, 2016 08:46 AM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
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They have a role, especially for agent who would rather not invest heavily in large home offices.

And many people distrust professionals who always want to meet at a restaurant or bar.

Jan 14, 2016 07:09 PM
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
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no one works remotely in my market.  We still have a duty agent and walk in traffic daily.

Jan 14, 2016 12:58 PM
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Hella Mitschke Rothwell
(831) 626-4000 - Honolulu, HI
Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker

I do believe that a brokerage needs an official office. Doesn't have to be big. Sorry, I don't like the idea of using Starbuck's as my office, except when I'm on the road. Which, as you all know, is a lot.  But I still have that office as my official business office. 

Jan 14, 2016 12:50 PM
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James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
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It is, however by state law we are required to have an office.  Sooo far behind the times, but it is what it is

Jan 14, 2016 10:43 AM
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Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

There is still a need of a real estate office, a place to meet clietns or for other agents to drop off or pick up keys etc.

Jan 14, 2016 10:24 AM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
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Jack Lewitz I think an office environment is needed for new agents.

Jan 14, 2016 09:07 AM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
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I am seeing more agents working out of their home, but think we still need a office.

Jan 14, 2016 08:56 AM
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Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

I don't think a bricks and mortar building is needed any longer, at least for the past 10 years or so in my area!  I often hear comments about the "ghost town offices" that are in my market area and people wonder if they're even still in business.  

I work from home and my Brokerage is 3.5 - 4 hours away from me; I've never set foot in it nor have I ever met anyone who works there.

Jan 14, 2016 08:48 AM
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
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There are rare real estate offices that have amazing brokers and agents.  There are exchanges of ideas and collaboration, and the agents genuinely like each other.  After almost 3 decades, I found such a place and it will never be obsolete.  It's not that everyone is there all of the time, but if I go into the office to get specific tasks accomplished, I'm more likely to get it done than if I stay home. 

Jan 14, 2016 08:43 AM
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Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
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Many if not most agent in the Phoenix Metro Area office from their homes and don't go in their main office as everything is done online.  In small towns it may be different and people might stop buy more often?

Jan 14, 2016 08:36 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
www.HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I think so.  With the majority of functions being able to be performed outside of the office, the office only serves as a meeting place.  My broker and I both work from our homes and my broker has done so for 20 something years.  Gone are the days of having to go into the office to design a flyer.  If we need to meet people before going to a property, we meet at a coffee shop somewhere between the client and us.  Works just as well.

Jan 14, 2016 08:35 AM
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Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
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Good morning Jack. I would say that is true, as many work remotely. I my area, some end up using on of my conference rooms.

Jan 14, 2016 05:03 PM
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
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I don't think we need big offices anymore. I work about half the time from home.

Jan 14, 2016 12:38 PM
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John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
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Jack Lewitz Nowadays, real estate offices are smaller.

Jan 14, 2016 12:35 PM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
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Jack Lewitz - I don't think this is going to happen ever!

With so much of Internet Shopping, people still want to visit malls!

And Real Estate offices do serve different purpose - meeting buyers, seminars, presentations and lot more.

Jan 14, 2016 12:14 PM
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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

I like going to the office - but I think if you have a team it is different - if I worked alone I would stay home. 

Jan 14, 2016 11:57 AM
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Fred Hafdelin
Weichert Realtors - Mountain Lakes, NJ

I work at a large Brokerage with more than 100 Agents. Great for networking property, getting feedback ,opinions and advise. Also have color printers to make brochures etc.., a beautiful conference room to meet with Clients, switchboard etc. Its a professional environment that I would not have working out of my home. However I do work out of my Home whenever I can.

Jan 14, 2016 09:31 AM
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Linda Guess
Keller Williams Tri-Lakes Branson, MO - Branson, MO
Branson area real estate sales.

I don't think so.  Many agents need an office.  New gents need to be in an office with other seasoned agents.

Jan 14, 2016 08:11 AM
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Angelia Bynum
Maximum One Greater Atlanta Realtors - Atlanta, GA
Realtor® serving all of Atlanta

I do not go into my brokerage office; I work from my home office.  For me, yes the real estate office is becoming obsolete.

Jan 14, 2016 08:01 AM
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Bob Betel
Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc. - Sweetwater, TN
President, Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc

I think that is the direction the industry is going. With the event of the internet, buyers can look online. I remember when we HAD to go to an office and spend hours looking at the MLS book. Those times are gone, but I hope the real estate office doesn't go away. I think people still like the brick and morter, at least I do.

Jan 14, 2016 07:42 AM
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Grace Ng
MDV Realty - Potomac, MD
Salesperson, Licensed in MD and DC

I work for a four person broker and his business is actually his home address. I don't even go in, I have my own home office.

Jan 14, 2016 07:07 AM
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Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Agent

I think they are. The only reason we go to the office is to sometimes meet our clients or other agents. It's rare. For listings we are generally going to the seller's house. For buyers we are generally meeting at a property. We might meet at the office for a first meeting, or to sign paperwork.

Sep 09, 2016 07:44 AM
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Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com - Chandler, AZ
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Jack - I don't think the real estate office is becoming obsolete, but it sure isn't as common as it used to be. There are many independent brokers these days who work from home, and like you said, many from larger offices who work remotely.

With that said, I think there will still be brick and mortar brokerage offices, just not as many, and not as large.

Jan 16, 2016 07:09 AM
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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
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Not in my market. 

Jan 15, 2016 09:08 AM
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
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It is a great place to meet your clients but I no longer have an office there.

Jan 14, 2016 11:34 PM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

I've been working from a home office (or airplane, or hotel room) since 1991 - even when with Fortune 100 companies.  Difficult to justify the expense of "bricks and mortar"...

Jan 14, 2016 10:21 PM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

The square footage requirements are definitely shrinking!

Jan 14, 2016 09:44 PM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

The physical office should be changing but I wouldn't say obsolete.  Of course, each market is different.  

Jan 14, 2016 09:26 PM
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Brenda J. Andrew
ULTIMA REAL ESTATE - Corpus Christi, TX
Professional Realtor in Corpus Christi, TX

I gave up the office and have been working from home for several years now.  There are so many places that have wifi where you can meet a client for coffee or lunch.  I am sure there are lots of people who go to the offices, but for me, it was more cost efficient & lucrative to office from home.

Jan 14, 2016 09:20 PM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
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We  do need the office to meet clients for the first time.

Jan 14, 2016 08:17 PM
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Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

I have noticed a lot of agents working out of their home and designating a meeting place somewhere neutral.

Jan 14, 2016 11:23 AM
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Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
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Yes, I believe that is true too.

Jan 14, 2016 11:14 AM
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Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
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Becoming obsolete?  I say it is gone...

Jan 14, 2016 10:31 AM
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Joan Dickie
Keller Williams Premier Realty - La Crosse, WI
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Not in my area, I guess.  We are new in the area and don't have an office just yet.  It is hard to recruit agents without an office.  I personally could care less about an office.

Jan 14, 2016 10:00 AM
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Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA
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For my Brokerage I have closed the main office and work from my home office. We are paperless and I could not longer justify the cost. 

Jan 14, 2016 09:22 AM
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

I do not believe so.  I know there are others that disagree with that. Most agents I know rarely go into the office they are affiliated with. Those that do are not really there to "work" they are there to socialize.

Jan 14, 2016 08:07 AM
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David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential

Jack,
The traditional office, maybe. It didn’t offer a consumer much of a reason to come in. Design an office that gives sellers and buyers a reason to come and look at what can happen.

Jan 14, 2016 07:25 AM