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DEANNA C. SMITH CERTIFIED MOBILE NOTARY
Certified Mobile Notary Signing Agent - Smith Mountain Lake, VA
Highest Ranked Certified Mobile Notary in Virginia

Working for a community bank, not one of the big banks.  The personal touch we give our clients makes a big difference for the staff, like me, and for the clients.  I worked 22 years for one of the big banks.  I prefer where I am now and the close relationships I have with my colleagues. 

Mar 06, 2016 09:53 PM
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John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

I own and run my real estate business from my home.  It's working very well for me.

Mar 06, 2016 09:46 PM
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1,709,007
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

I've been with both.  As David Barr said, it is a matter of finding the right broker and support services.  That probably changes throughout a career.  

Mar 06, 2016 11:44 PM
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Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

I own a boutique. Used to work for a large company. Much prefer to be in direct control of the clientele that we accept. It is physically impossible to walk into my office. Unless you are the dog. :)

Mar 06, 2016 11:32 PM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I work for a biggie.... RE/MAX.... but I've worked for a "mom and pop" and that was by far my favorite....and we were always #1 in our entire MLS database.... I hate to be redundant, but an office is as good as the agents who work there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mar 06, 2016 11:31 PM
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Jeffrey Jones
AZ Home Seekers - San Tan Valley, AZ
AZ Home Seekers, azhomeseekers.com

started in small boutique wich actually also had lending and escrow, it was a great learning experience. Then went big box for over a decade and now back small running our own 2 person consierge brokerage.

Mar 06, 2016 11:01 PM
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Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

Can I say a big boutique brokerage? 

Mar 06, 2016 10:41 PM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Boutique for 5 years, RE/MAX before that for 9

Mar 06, 2016 10:37 PM
Rainmaker
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Anthony Acosta My license is with a ReMax office.

Mar 06, 2016 10:21 PM
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Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

I worked boutique (Cashin & Company Realty) 1999-2003

Big Co: Better Homes & Gardens & Coldwell Banker 2003-2015

Now it's for a Tiki Hut: Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor 2015-Present, although BBR is my broker of record and they are boutique, for now.

Mar 06, 2016 09:55 PM
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Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Anthony Acosta There are advantages to both but I prefer the advantages of working for larger company

Mar 06, 2016 09:47 PM
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Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

A big red team - KW

Mar 06, 2016 09:46 PM
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Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Big, Coldwell Banker

Mar 08, 2016 10:47 AM
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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 did the Big company when I started.  We started our own in 2010 and are now the second largest Independent brokerage in Elkhart County.  We have over 50 different brokerages in the county and many of them are independent.

Mar 07, 2016 11:00 AM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Big company, national brand.

Mar 07, 2016 10:36 AM
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Melissa Jackson
Century 21 Alliance Properties - Azle, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

Boutique 

Mar 07, 2016 10:20 AM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I work for a small independent company and LOVE it

Mar 07, 2016 08:20 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Boutique.  Love it!  Can't imagine being at a big box with their big rules and ways of doing things.  Much more nimble here.

Mar 07, 2016 08:17 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

Anthony,
Expert broker associate and stager Kim Gaston and I make up a two person boutique brokerage. Our clients rave about the job we do, that their former agent with a big company didn’t do.

Mar 07, 2016 08:03 AM
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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

A small indy company, and I love it. 

Mar 07, 2016 07:25 AM
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Andy Madrid
Hawaii Coast Realty, LLC - Kailua-Kona, HI
Expertise, Professionalism, and Service

I have worked in both but right now with Berkshire Hathaway.  The dynamics of the two are completely different and I have enjoyed working for both large companies and small boutiques.

Mar 07, 2016 05:16 AM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

I guess big; we have over 1000 agents nationwide.

Mar 07, 2016 04:28 AM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Boutique which is mine and does investment real estate. The middle ground does not have the economy of scale to really work profitably.

Mar 07, 2016 04:02 AM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Small for now, hopefully it will grow into a big one someday.

 

Mar 07, 2016 03:38 AM
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Bill Dandridge
MKB, Realtors - Roanoke, VA
GREEN, ABR, GRI, EcoBroker

I am at a biggie now, and fully appreciate what they offer!

Mar 07, 2016 03:09 AM
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

My own boutique; worked for large, national firm first and small, local one mostly.

Mar 07, 2016 02:59 AM
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

A big fat franchise with a balloon.

Mar 07, 2016 02:33 AM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I own a small brokerage with a couple of agents...but prissy we are not

Mar 07, 2016 02:20 AM
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Jack Lewitz
Exit Strategy Realty - Evanston, IL

I too have worked for big companies like Century 21 and small boutique style as well like Koenig and Strey but now work for myself and I am not sure working from a home office would necessarily qualify as a boutique office.

Mar 07, 2016 02:03 AM
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Loreena and Michael Yeo
3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co. - Prosper, TX
Real Estate Agents

I co-own a boutique brokerage with my husband. It has served us well for the past 9 years and going strong.

Mar 07, 2016 01:05 AM
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Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

We work for the #2 selling Century 21 in the country.  180 - 200 agents and a staff of at least 10.  Tried the boutique thing but it wasn't for us.  

Mar 07, 2016 12:17 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Anthony,

It depends on the marketplace.  Some cities and towns can support both, and others cannot.  There are two dominant players in Santa Barbara.  A local company and a big company, and the big company is dominating now.  They just have better services for agents.  A

Mar 07, 2016 12:08 AM
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Large brokerage.

Mar 06, 2016 11:47 PM
Rainmaker
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Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Big company, although I think it would be interesting to work in a boutique firm as well.

Mar 06, 2016 11:43 PM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

A big company. 

Mar 06, 2016 11:22 PM
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Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

We work for a big company Anthony Acosta, here in AZ.  When Roger was a realtor in CA he also worked for a big company. 

Mar 06, 2016 10:42 PM
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Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

I have also done both and am with a BIG company now.

Mar 06, 2016 10:27 PM
Rainmaker
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Boutique.

Mar 06, 2016 10:24 PM
Rainmaker
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

We work for ourselves, and are affiliated with a franchise brokerage.

Mar 06, 2016 10:18 PM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Big.

 

Mar 06, 2016 09:51 PM
Rainmaker
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Sole proprietor!

Mar 06, 2016 09:48 PM
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Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

Something in between. My company is mid-size and only in Colorado, no other states.

Sep 24, 2016 12:05 AM
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Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

I started with KW nine years ago. Then I went to a local company that went from a small brokerage to 600 agents because of their great commission splits. However, the advertising rules changed last year in Tennessee surrounding agent branding. Big brokerages were feeling the pinch because agents/teams are more interested in branding themselves, than their brokerage. Big brokerages here felt it was confusing to consumers. Teams/agents now are NOT allowed to use realty, real estate, real estate group, realty group, realty company, etc in their agent/team branding. If they are with a big brokerage, they must signify that they are a team or an individual agent. The brokerage name and number MUST be prominent in all advertising. As a result, many agents are opening independent brokerages, including myself. Right now, it's just my husband and I but we love it. I didn't realize how much I'd enjoy being under my own banner. It's great and business has actually increased. It doesn't hurt that I chose an SEO-friendly brokerage name and have internet dominance in my market. 

Mar 22, 2016 03:52 AM