Real Estate by Debbie Reynolds: Advice for New Agents Getting in the Business

Advice for New Agents Getting in the Business

Re-Evaluate Along the Way

In prelicense training the new recruits are so excited and talk about which company they should sign with. I encourage they talk with more than one and compare the differences.

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There are many things to consider with commission splits being only one part of the equation. Consider these things and ask yourself these questions.

  • The company culture needs to match up with the new agent's personality and goals. I believe you can feel it when you walk in the door.

  • Commissions are paid in many ways. Evaluate those against the fees that will be charged. The bottom line is reached in more than one way.

  • Look for the potential for growth. I encourage each new agent to get additional education and to get a brokers license.

  • Look for the opportunity to learn and be trained and mentored. Find out who will be there to answer questions, review contracts and get you out of sticky situations if they occur. Who will have your back?

  • What are the rules and practices of the company? Know what is expected of you.

  • Review constantly, dig in and seek out resources to learn. Success rests mostly on the commitment and investment and how much is given. 

  • At 90 days take a realistic look at the progress. Is it getting easier? Are you loving what you are doing? Is success within reach? 

If the choice you made is not working for you, I suggest you ask if you have given it your all. If you truly have worked your butt off but feel you lack support or the environment or staff is not supporting you, it may be time for a change. Take action while you still have desire and a desire for success.

I tell students if they are faltering and wait until they have been in the business for 6 months, the change they may be seeking is Out of the Business.

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Comment balloon 9 commentsDebbie Reynolds • October 03 2017 02:03AM


I spent a lot of time and many interviews before deciding on the company that was at the top of the list to start with. 

It was a great experience doing the research though.


Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities) 5 months ago

Good advice for new agents. I hope they will read this post.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) 5 months ago

Debbie, I hope many new agents read your post. It's genuine and very accurate. Focusing on the biggest commission splits is what I find often puts new agents in a position of considering exiting the business. There won't be any commission if they don't have the support they need to successfully close a deal.

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group) 5 months ago

Great post Debbie.  I'm going to save a link to this one and use it in the Q & A section for those questions from the students.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 5 months ago

Good advice for anyone looking to get into the game, Debbie. I especially stress that they look for a mentor right away.

Posted by Nathan Gesner, Broker / Property Manager (American West Realty & Management) 5 months ago

Very good advice.  As agents, the tables are turned a bit from traditional interviews.  It is like the agent is interviewing the real estate firm.

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Posted by Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living! (Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado) 5 months ago

Debbie this is very good advice for both new and experienced agents, especially #4 on your list. 

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) 5 months ago

This is very good information to share with new real estate agents.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) 5 months ago

Good morning Debbie Reynolds ,

I'm so glad that Roy Kelley re-blogged this post. The AR Gods were sleeping when you posted this one! Very informative post that every new agent should read about choosing their brokerage.

Posted by Dorie Dillard, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799) 3 months ago