I believe that choosing the right brokerage for you is crucial for your business success and overall satisfaction!
While you are entirely in control of your business and 100% responsible for your results, the environment and culture that you chose to associate with, has a tremendous influence on your energy and momentum and can either propel you or seriously hinder you.
There are many components that make up a successful brokerage, i.e., their location, the strength and clarity of their brand, the culture, their reputation in the community ... and probably even more importantly, their purpose and vision.
While most agents choose a brokerage based on convenience, the best commission split, and lowest fees - and then, later complain that most sellers do the same thing - I believe that if your goal is to find the best suitable brokerage for you, your focus should never be on cost but value.
Hence, discussing commission splits should be one of the LAST things to do, because you have to understand the value before you ask for the price tag, right?
So what questions should you be asking your potential new broker to understand the real value (or the lack thereof)?
Here's a list of the questions I would ask - from basic to strategic:
You see, eagles don’t hang out with the turkeys.
They don't have time for the gossip that's happening on 'that level', and if you wanna be up there with the eagles, you've got to stay away from the barnyards. Interestingly, it also works the other way around. Turkeys usually can’t stand being in the presence of eagles for too long either, because the eagles' drive and determination make them very uncomfortable. They’ll eventually leave and go work across the road because there 'they can fit in, and just be themselves'.
Know anyone like that?
Once you have gotten some answers to these questions, and you feel like there might be some possibilities, I would move on to the next phase. Take a peek behind the curtain, so to speak.
Call a few of the broker's agents (the ones who have a lot of listings and also some who currently don't have any) and get some answers to the following questions:
And then the most powerful question of them all:
None of this is rocket science, but I can promise you, the answers to these questions will reveal a lot about the mindset, the culture, and the leadership lid of this brokerage, and give you the insight you need to make the right decision.
If your conversations with your potential new colleagues have proven to be satisfactory as well and you can imagine working together, it's time to book another meeting with the managing broker and pop the $$$ question.
You have certainly proven YOUR value, and I am sure they will have noticed that, too.