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Joe - I haven't seen it from your perspective recently, but...I have had two (very successful) agents try and buy listings of mine recently...I was SHOCKED at how unbelievably emotional and irrational they were...I think there is something to the policy at some Companies that does not allow agents to negotiate for themselves.
J Philip Faranda you're surprised? Pause and look across the table. You work in an industry where the chafe is separated from the grain by the fickle finger of fate. As much as we like to think that we are in some sort of Darwinian profession, the strongest are not necessarily the ones that survive. Timing is the main ingredient in success in real estate. Timing does not include even a passing understanding of the rules and regulations we are supposed to abide by.
There are no teams in my firm. Yet. But I have to observe, as a broker, that lone agents are at a disadvantage in some cases. Being your own marketer, closing coordinator, appointment setter, negotiator, due diligence person & everything else without major broker support leads to lots of dropped balls. If am agent builds their own team up under those circumstances, more power to them. I look forward to the day when I have some teams under me and I don't have to do everything for everyone.