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FAQ: How do I find a real estate broker to work for as a real estate agent?

How do I find a real estate broker to work for as a real estate agent?

As a real estate agent, you must work under a sponsoring real estate broker. Your sponsoring broker will actually hold your license. This is required by law.

When it comes time to selecting your sponsoring broker, there is one point to keep in mind:
Most brokers will be more than happy to hire you, even if you are just starting out!

Don’t worry if you don’t have any prior experience. Your broker will provide you with training and look to help you grow into a successful agent.

You have to understand that all commissions you earn will be split with your sponsoring broker.

Commission splits between an agent and their broker are always negotiable.

Some brokers will want to do a 50/50 split with you as a new agent. Some brokers will start at a 60/40 or even 70/30 split.
There are even brokers who will give you 100% of the commission and instead only charge you a monthly desk fee.

But when selecting a broker, you should also consider if they will offer extensive training and support. It may be better in the short run to go with a broker who will give more attention and support in exchange for a 50/50 commission split, rather than a higher 70/30 split.

Here are the steps you should take to find the best broker for you:
1) Google brokers in your area. Make a list of 10 brokers who you think you would like to work with.
2) Reach out to those 10 brokers (either by phone or email) and explain that you are about to get your license and are looking to work under a sponsoring broker.
3) Schedule interviews with 4 or 5 of the brokers.
4) During the interview, ask them about their commission splits, how much training they offer, and if they help provide you with leads/clients right away.
5) Finally, select the broker who you think would be a good fit for you and your real estate goals.


Related Questions

How do I make money as a real estate agent?

As a real estate agent, you make money in the form of a commission once a sale or rental deal closes. The commission usually equals a percentage of the purchase price, such as 5% or 6%. The total commission will get divided between the seller's and buyer's broker, who in turn, share the commission with the salesperson.

How much money can I make as a real estate agent?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average real estate agent earns $50,300 each year, while the top 10% of real estate agents make over $110,000 per year. However, these statistics include both part-time and full-time agents. Real estate agents have unlimited earning potential.

What is a sponsoring broker?

A sponsoring broker is a real estate broker that employs a real estate salesperson. State law requires all real estate salespersons to work under a sponsoring broker. The sponsoring broker will actually hold the license of the real estate salesperson.

When is a real estate license required in Georgia?

A real estate license is required if you represent a seller or buyer of real property as an agent and earn a commission in the process. It is important to note that you do not need a real estate license to buy or sell your own home.

What can I do with my Georgia real estate license?

As a Georgia real estate broker or salesperson you can sell or lease all types of real estate in the State of Georgia, and earn a commission in the process. You can also represent buyers looking to purchase any type of real property in the State of Georgia and earn a commission from the seller's broker.

What is a REALTOR?

A REALTOR is a licensed real estate salesperson who also belongs to the National Association of REALTORS. Many people believe that a REALTOR is another word for a real estate agent. However, this is not the case. If a real estate salesperson does not belong to the NAR, they cannot call themselves a REALTOR.

How do I find a real estate broker to work for as a real estate agent?

Here are the steps you should take to find a sponsoring broker: 1) Google brokers in your area. 2) Reach out to 10 brokers. 3) Schedule interviews with 4 or 5 of the brokers. 4) During the interview, ask them about commission splits and training. 5) Select the broker that best fits your career goals.

What is the difference between a real estate broker and a salesperson?

A real estate salesperson must work under a real estate broker. A real estate salesperson operates as a sub-agent to their sponsoring broker and can perform all of the duties of a broker. Once you get enough experience as a salesperson, you can qualify to take the broker's exam and get your broker's license.

Can I work part-time as a real estate agent?

Yes, you can use your real estate license whenever you wish, including part-time. In fact, many real estate licensees choose not to work full-time. As an independent contractor, your sponsoring broker cannot tell you how many hours you have to work.

Do I need any prior experience to become a Georgia real estate agent?

No, you do not need any prior experience in order to obtain a real estate salesperson's license in Georgia.

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