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How To Pick A Edmonton Real Estate Brokerage

I’m starting my hunt for the right brokerage for me to work with. Picking a real estate brokerage is even more complex than picking a realtor when you’re going out to buy a property because I’ll likely be tied to them for at least a year or two. Some brokerages take as much as half of your commissions, and while I’m ok with that if I get the right support, I’m not interested in making my broker rich off my fees. Here’s some of my thought process.

What I bring to the table

What I want from a brokerage

  • Someone who doesn’t eat their young. I’m not an uber competitive sort of guy, and I don’t want other agents going through my recycling to steal leads.
  • Training, mentoring and a chance to work with some very experienced agents
  • Proven technology solutions. I don’t really want to have to figure out the best options for tablet PC’s, paperless offices, lead management/CRM, etc. I have my own ideas, but I want to work with an existing system, without becoming the de facto IT guy.
  • Advertising flexibility. I want to try weird custom signs, interesting online stuff and generally be outside the box. Particularly if they’re not full fluent in internet, I want to be able to run with it and not have a broker harassing me. Also, don’t make me use your sign supplier, or at least don’t mark the cost up.
  • Fluent about or accepting of Joint Ventures. There are brokers who get freaked out by the idea that I might do some JV investments with clients.
  • Flexible commission structures and desk fees. I want a broker who does more than just sell desks.

Who I’ve talked to and who I’m talking to:

There’s more, but my questions are:

Who else should I talk to?

What else should I be looking for?

What do your favorite Realtors do that you love? What drives you crazy?

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  • Mike Muranetz November 8, 2010, 7:53 pm

    Call Carl Bretzlaff at RE/MAX Real Estate (North). Office is 780-457-3777 or call his cell 780–445-0618. Tell him Mike recommended you to him. Awesome office. My first & only office. We do 10% of all Edmonton & area production. RE/MAX Rocks!

    • Chris November 8, 2010, 9:20 pm

      Thanks Mike, I’ll give him a call.

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