What Are Agents Looking For?

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Real Estate Broker Owner with Ryan Taylor Homes

As the managing broker for a real estate firm, I am constantly trying to develop services and support that will satisfy my current associates and attract new associates.

Recently, I have heard through the grapevine that agents are leaving their companies because of the slow market in our area. I wonder why?

For example, we have national advertising, Interent lead generation and management, a design/marketing center, in-house continuing ed and other training, satellite training, coaching and mentoring programs, online forms, prompt commission payment, low fees, an web-based "office" so agents can get forms, faxes, and other information anywhere they have a connection to the Internet.

I know all of these things are useful. I also know most good companies have systems similar to ours. Yet I've heard that agents are leaving firms left and right because of the slow market. I wonder why? If you are with a reputable firm with good services, why wouldn't you make better use of the services offered by your current company instead of switching? The new firm probably has the same stuff, or maybe even less?

Is it a "grass is always greener" scenario. Did a good recruiter catch you at a vulnerable time? I'm curious.

To my Active Rain colleagues who have switched firms in the last few months, I'd like to ask you why? What started your thinking to switch? What happened, or what was said or done, to finalize you decision? Then, how is your new firm different from you previous one?

Last, are you happy with the deicison you made? If so, why? If not, why not?

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Suzanne Sands
Somerset MA Real Estate
Pavao Real Estate

Hi Kathy-

The first time I switched company's was the hardest. I basically left for a better split. This was not the best move for me, even though I was getting a higher split, the environment lacked structure and the broker was not very experienced. Now, I feel I have the balance I was looking for a higher split with access to all the tools I need to succeed!

March 31, 2007 09:01 PM
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My personal two cents worth of opinion: after talking to other agents - sometimes a switch occurs because either the agent is changing their business, ie implement technology, different marketing, become more or less agent-centric and the company is not able to meet those new needs, or it's an accumulation of things - small things that might have accumulated (gone wrong) over time, maybe both combining to make the grass look greener elsewhere...?

March 31, 2007 09:07 PM
Rainmaker
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David Edwards
Better Properties Kent
I am extremely happy with my brokerage company. It all comes down to our training calendar. The brokerage doesn't promise leads, they promise and deliver on their training. The training gives me the tools to go out into my marketplace and make it happen. In addition to training, my brokerage provides brainstorming sessions, mentors and the opportunity to be held accountable. It doesn't matter how long you have been in the business, you will always benefit from quality training. This approach also attracts the type of agent interested in learning how to build a business versus the type of agent interested in having everything handed to them. 
March 31, 2007 09:38 PM
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Laurie Manny
Long Beach CA Real Estate
One of the industry magazines did an article on this a while back.  They reported that the predominant reason Realtors changed brokerage was "for a better deal".  They went on to report that when asked what kind of a better deal they were surprised to find out that it was not money.  The predominant reason they left was because they wanted a stronger managing broker who took an active interest in managing the business and in their careers.  
April 01, 2007 02:14 AM
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Laurie Mindnich
Thanks for the correction, Laurie- that's very interesting.  When we used to have to deliver info to realtors (as a builder rep) or gift baskets to broker offices, or whatever, what we would always tell the builder, based on our experience, is that THE GOOD AGENTS aren't languishing in the office- they are out getting business.  My assumption was that these are the 10% doing the business (based on their sales).  They aren't reliant on training programs, or phone duty- they're past that.  I'm sure that there are people that appreciate a "warm" office environment, structured meetings, etc.- I just didn't see too many producers partaking.  Many of them had their own home office set up, and avoided the office environment altogether.
April 01, 2007 07:01 AM
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