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Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

There are so many things.  One item I was oblivious to when first starting was education and training.  I now still stand on a soap box preaching the importance of training, mentoring, education.  What ever word you choose to use.  Mark

Nov 07, 2015 12:21 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

If you are new to the business, I would certainly look for a firm that provides first class training for new agents at little or no cost, and/or a mentoring program.

Nov 07, 2015 09:18 PM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

One that stays out of my business unless invited

Nov 07, 2015 09:53 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Education and ambience - whether it is friendly and supportive. Please check out your local Keller Williams office! 

Nov 07, 2015 09:16 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Oswego, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Knowledge is a big factor, but a feeling of trust is paramount!

Nov 07, 2015 08:37 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Full disclosure, I am a broker.  And I think availability and mentoring is most important

Nov 07, 2015 12:06 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Coldwell Banker Realty

Say what they do, do what they say, when they say they are going to do it...

Nov 07, 2015 11:00 PM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

A good mentor but not overly so. 

Nov 07, 2015 10:40 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Tony Trotter Good training and a mentoring program.

Nov 07, 2015 10:32 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

for me, it was how much flexibility and "out of my way" was to happen....it all happened perfectly.... 

Nov 07, 2015 10:08 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

How about maturity?

You know what I mean, photo evidence one is dealing with an emancipated individual. (That is one pretty baby!)

After that, I can share there is only ONE thing you need to know when choosing a broker, providing YOU have done your homework like ANY small business owner would be required to do.

Your challenge will be do you want someone to hold your hand or someone to show you where the money is buried and gives you the shovel? The choice you make will prove important.

Nov 07, 2015 09:07 PM
Jeff Pearl
Samson Properties / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Company, policies, location, manager, other agents in office, honesty and reputation.

Nov 07, 2015 09:06 PM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 Good Sunday morning Tony. Although I am not a real estate agent. I look for folks who have a similar mindset.

Nov 07, 2015 05:07 PM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Besides knowledge someone you can work with is very important.

Nov 07, 2015 01:03 PM
Michael Scruggs
UTR Texas-Realtors - Houston, TX

I think finding a broker who is there for you to help answer your questions or to help point you in the right diretion when you need guidance in a particualr situation.  Having a broker like that has been very beneficial for me!

Nov 07, 2015 12:25 PM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Tony - Lots of things to consider. Look for a broker that is honest, available any time to answer your questions, and will help you develop your skills. Also, Sybil brings up a great point. You don't want a broker that is competing with you for business. One final point, make sure you understand the commission structure you are getting into.

Nov 07, 2015 12:15 PM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

I don't like to work for a broker who competes with me for listings.  I have a wonderful broker manager.  He is always there to help but he is not a micro-manager

Nov 07, 2015 11:57 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

First of all, I am an independent contractor. I work for myself and lead others who want to be coached.  Not looking for a broker or looking for his support or leads.  After a transaction I pick up my cheque and hand him his portion and he thanks me.

Nov 07, 2015 11:46 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Great Training, Tech, Coaching and Culture, all of which are found in abundance at Keller Williams!

Give me a call and I will set you us with a great team leader.

Bob  715-204-9671

Nov 08, 2018 06:47 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

As Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint states, education and training are important.  I would also add that having a broker that you like and can work well with is important.  One that is on the front lines leading their staff, not sitting back and directing or managing their staff through endless reports.  I've had bosses like that.  Horrible.  You want a broker who talks to you with respect and as a human, not as some kid who doesn't know anything (I've seen large company CIOs talk that way to Senior Directors, I felt sorry for them).

Nov 08, 2015 02:31 PM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Someone you can trust.  If you don't believe what they say, then you are not a match.

Nov 08, 2015 09:26 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

If you are starting out, some of the important aspects are how much training the firm is willing to offer and how much that will cost you. Later, other issues come up such as level of support, which may be critical, but also depends on how much independence you prefer.

Nov 08, 2015 02:17 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

If you are new training.  If you are experienced splits and support.

Nov 08, 2015 01:33 AM
Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker
Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd. - Lehigh Valley, PA
The Broker with horse sense and no horsing around

A Broker should be supportive, a mentor and encourage training and education.  

Nov 08, 2015 12:56 AM
maria alicea
Luxury Living - Bal Harbour, FL

Definitely someone that shares your vision and related to the area you've chosen. Learning is everything.

Nov 08, 2015 12:35 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

responds immediately when summoned will do nicely to get started

Nov 07, 2015 11:29 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

One big consideration - where are you in your career?  If you are a newbie, then training is important.  If you are experienced, then you might be looking for the services you broker provides and what (if anything) they charge the agents to use these services. 

Nov 07, 2015 11:02 PM
Curtis Evans
Cabin Realty LLC/ USA, Licensed in Louisiana - Golden Meadow, LA

A hands on Broker with good ethics.

Nov 07, 2015 07:27 PM