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Fred Griffin presently on Leave of Absence
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker


  Here are 30 answers from when this question was asked the other day.

Feb 11, 2018 02:54 PM
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

What Fred Griffin said. This question seems to be asked and answered on a daily basis. But for me, after 25 years in the business, I don't need a relationship with a principal broker. All I want is someone who is honest and trustworthy and available in the event I have a question or issue.

Feb 11, 2018 03:03 PM
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Please review Fred Griffin response.  Beware of those selling kool-aid ... 

Feb 11, 2018 03:54 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Follow th reading advice of Fred Griffin and you will be fine!

Feb 11, 2018 03:31 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Give me a call Brian Winter , I will get you set up with the best!

Feb 11, 2018 03:12 PM
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

It is important to get a good start and that means mentoring or training. Be sure to ask what those options are. If you don't know what to do, the chances of failure are greater.

Feb 11, 2018 03:04 PM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Fred Griffin has your answer.  Good Luck.

Feb 12, 2018 11:04 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Select the office that will best meet your personal needs.

I like to be surrounded by highly successful people.

Feb 11, 2018 04:57 PM
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Thank yu Fred Griffin ..question answered!

Feb 11, 2018 04:25 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Read Fred Griffin 's link.  A

Feb 11, 2018 03:10 PM
Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL 305-931-6931

You have many great answers here.

Oct 09, 2018 02:58 PM
Valeria Mola
SIB REALTY - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty

I looked at the questions asked before and this one has a lot of great answers.

Oct 09, 2018 02:54 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

What Fred Griffin said and I second what Kathleen Daniels said about the kool-aid. 

Feb 11, 2018 08:04 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

As a newbie, it's essential.

Feb 11, 2018 06:19 PM
Susie Kay
Ultima Real Estate - Plano, TX
North Dallas Specialist

I would suggest that you interview as many brokers as you can.  Write what's important to you and don't be afraid to ask questions.

Feb 11, 2018 05:48 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Getting started is the key. It changes the way you think followed by the way you act. Any Broker will do. In time you will know all about Brokers. Keep in mind that in this business agents tend to be their own boss

Feb 11, 2018 04:53 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Interview a lot and see if the shoe fits.

Feb 11, 2018 04:06 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

The broker should offer LOTS of education, and be available when you need them.

Feb 14, 2018 07:57 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Lots of things.

Feb 12, 2018 12:17 PM
PropertyMinder (AccelerAgent)
PropertyMinder, Inc. - San Jose, CA
Modern Tools for the Modern Agent

Hi Brian,

Your question has been asked a few times in the past - so I thought I'd share some past Q&A threads with you (there are many answers to peruse):

What qualities are important when looking for a broker to work for?
Just getting started in a career in Real Estate. How should I go about looking/choosing/applying for my first broker to work for?

What qualities are important too look for when choosing a broker to work for?

What qualities are important to look for when choosing a broker to work for? #2
What should I be looking for in an employing broker?

Hope those help. Have a great day, and best of luck in pursuing and securing your license! 

Feb 12, 2018 11:56 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

The best advice I can give you is to learn to do independent research. This very same question has been asked here by the likes of you at least several dozen times, so look it up! If you continue to ask repetitive questions, you will get nasty comments from some of the members.

Feb 12, 2018 11:21 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

The relationship is crucial. Unfortunately, you won't really know about that relationship until after you get married. The extraction becomes very costly.

My advise is abandon those efforts to assess soft attributes in the selection of a broker. You can not measure trust, efficiency, dedication, training, compensation, culture and relationship while seated in the office with the broker. All you can do is take measure of the sweetness of the words.

Sweet word quickly turn bitter in the presence of disappointment.

Your duties are:

1. Have your real estate agent business plan completed.

2. Ask the broker the only two questions for which you need data.

3. Based on that data, you can derive the FACTS regarding all aspects of the broker office.

4. Be the CEO of your real estate business and let the facts guide your decisions.

Feb 12, 2018 09:18 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Brian Winter Choose a Broker you have good rapport with and one who has a good mentoring and training program.

Feb 12, 2018 06:51 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Ask for advice from some local Realtors.

Feb 12, 2018 06:37 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Interview many brokerages.  Get the answers to these questions, and make the best decision you can:

1. Do you provide formal training to agents?
2. Is there a program where new agents are mentored by top producers?
3. Are any of my training or class expenses eligible for reimbursement?
4. What is the starting commission split? Does it change with production?
5. Is there a bonus program?
6. What costs am I required to cover?
7. Am I required to have additional auto insurance?
8. Where do you advertise and who pays for it?
9. Are my desired farm areas already taken by other agents in the company?
10. Will I receive a copy of company policies to review?
11. What is the dress code for the office?
12. How many agents are in the company?
13. What is the average gross volume of your agents?
14. What commission does the company typically charge? Am I allowed to offer a lower rate?
15. What is your policy on referrals within the company and to outside agents?
16. Is there any clerical or support assistance available through the company?
17. Do you have regular meetings?
18. Is the environment team-based or individual?
19. Do you handle commercial listings or property management?
20. How many listings does the office typically have?
21. What is the company’s market share?
22. What are your office goals?
23. What are your expectations of me?
Feb 12, 2018 06:02 AM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Raleigh - Cary Triangle Real Estate 919-602-8489

Interview at least 3 brokers. As a new agent, training should be a top priority. Make sure you go with someone who is ethical and has a good reputation. From there, look at your personal needs.

Feb 12, 2018 05:43 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Interview with KW 

Feb 12, 2018 04:41 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

Roy Kelley nailed this one!

Feb 12, 2018 03:39 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Trust is #1, Brian Winter.

Feb 11, 2018 09:36 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

There is a lot of good information about the topic of "new agent" here.

Feb 11, 2018 08:49 PM
Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

This question has been asked dozens of times and answered even more.

Feb 11, 2018 08:10 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

I would read some of the back questions asked...

Feb 11, 2018 07:17 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

This is asked very week. I am surprised taht the instructor doesns't get this said in class

Feb 11, 2018 06:21 PM