Whether you’ve just launched your real estate career or you’re a seasoned pro, finding the right brokerage firm is key to your success.

The business of Florida is real estate, so you may be overwhelmed by the number of brokerages that are courting you. You’ll hear many promises of all kinds of perks and benefits, but it pays to evaluate each offer carefully.

Start by thinking about why you got into the real estate business in the first place. Maybe you were attracted by the unlimited potential to earn commissions. Perhaps you love the idea of being your own boss. Or you might enjoy the thrill of being part of a great team.

Whatever your goals, selecting the right brokerage firm is key to professional and personal satisfaction. Here are the top five things to look for in a brokerage firm:

Be your own boss

Everyone’s dreamed of being their own boss and real estate is one industry where that’s the norm. That’s because many real estate agents are not employees of a brokerage.

As an independent contractor, that means you are a true entrepreneur. A good brokerage should encourage you instead of limiting you, offering the kind of back-office support that every business owner needs.

For example, Premiere Plus Realty offers its agents the technology and staff support they need to build their home office. That includes electronic payments, paperless contracts and forms, legal support, a website for each agent that tracks customers, marketing templates and listings on high-traffic websites.

With five locations in Southwest Florida, there’s always a Premiere Plus Realty office nearby that’s open to you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You have access to conference rooms with Wi-Fi and LCD displays to meet your clients.

Get a generous commission

Being in business for yourself means you deserve to keep more of what you earn. You work hard for the money!

At Premiere Plus Realty, agents earn and keep 100% of their commission. What’s more, agents get paid right away at closing.

The fair way to charge agents for back-office support is with low fees. That way agents keep their commissions and they know exactly what their expenses are. At Premiere Plus Realty, we only charge $112 per month and $155 per closing.

Get training

With the rapid change in technology, contract laws and industry trends, real estate agents have to stay on top of information. That’s why it’s key for brokerages to provide ongoing training for new and seasoned agents.

It all starts with newly licensed agents. As you launch your real estate career, Premiere Plus Realty offers an eight-week training program. Twice a week, you’ll learn the ins and outs of the business.

For more experienced agents, there’s training on the kind of cutting-edge technology that can boost your existing business. A Premiere Plus Realty, you’ll learn from experienced industry speakers the latest in lead generation, how to wow your clients with virtual online tours and use sophisticated software to manage your growing list of clients.

Pair up with a mentor

If you’re starting out in real estate, your brokerage should provide you with extra help. That’s because a good broker wants agents to succeed, no matter their experience.

Premiere Plus Realty pairs you with experienced brokers and agents in a mentor relationship called MentorEDGE. In return for splitting your commission, you’ll be paired with an experienced mentor who will coach you each day on the fine points of the real estate business.

Once you graduate from this unique program, you’ll be keeping 100% of your commission.

Dominate the market

This is true in sports and business: Everybody loves a winner.

Most recently, Premiere Plus Realty won the Best Commercial Real Estate Company and Best Small Company awards in Southwest Florida. In addition, the company was a finalist in the Best Residential Real Estate Agency and Best Family Owned Business categories. Gulfshore Business magazine presented the awards to the real estate company based on the votes of more than 5,000 readers.

That’s why Premiere Plus Realty has been adding more than 30 agents to its ranks each month. With more than 1,300 agents, it is now the largest independent real estate company in Southwest Florida.

For more information on how to join our winning team visit http://go.joinpremiere.com/ or call us at 239-732-7837 in Collier County or 239-206-2777 in Lee County.

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