Should Real Estate Agents Join a Team or Go Solo?

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“Shall I work as an independent real estate agent or join a real estate team?” For new real estate agents, it is a critical decision to make. Both working with a real estate team or establishing yourself as an independent agent can bring you positive results in the long run. “Which one should I choose?” Well, the answer highly depends on your priorities and preferences. Do you crave a strong support system to help you get off the ground? Or do you prefer to keep all the commissions for yourself? 

Now that you’ve got your real estate license, it’s your turn to decide on your career path. Either case has some benefits and drawbacks for real estate agents. Let’s see which one best fits your personality, goals, and ideals. 

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Joining a Real Estate Team: Positive and Negative Sides

You’ll Get a Chance to Improve Your Skills 

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For inexperienced real estate agents, there is no better way to sharpen their professional skills than applying them to sales opportunities. At the beginning of your career when little people recognize you as an agent, sales opportunities can be hard to come by. The first advantage of working on real estate teams is that teams identify prospects and have access to them. In other words, teams receive a tremendous amount of leads which means you don’t have to generate your own leads. By joining a team, you’ll be given the opportunity to earn profit and at the same time, refine and improve your professional skills. 

Everything Is Done in Collaboration 

What will you do if your lead generation strategy isn’t working? What if when working with a client, you come across a problem you have no idea how to solve? Whether you’re a newbie or an experienced real estate agent, you may have a hard time dealing with challenges made during the home selling/buying process. By joining a real estate team, however, you don’t have to deal with tough situations alone. Teamwork also allows you to focus on your strengths while your teammates take care of other areas. Working in collaboration allows the team members to improve their weaknesses and present the strongest front and the best service possible. 

The Costs Are Shared 

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Property selling is indeed a well-paid job, albeit for top, productive real estate agents and brokers. Though there is a common misconception that real estate agents rake in the cash, working as a sales person can be costly as well. MLS fees, marketing costs, cost of necessary tools and technology, and training course fees are only some of the expenses you must pay. However, certain expenses such as marketing costs are considerably reduced when working on a team. Join a team and save hundreds of dollars! 

You Can Do Networking 

Though it is possible to build many business relationships when working independently, this often requires a lot of time and effort to attain. Joining a real estate team allows you to network with not only your teammates but also their clients and many other individuals. Making connections with a large number of clients can automatically lead you to your next sale. Also, you can grow your professional network by asking your team leader and teammates to introduce you to more people involved in the real estate industry

You Can’t Create Your Own Professional Identity 

If you choose to join a team, you’d better forget about making a name for yourself. It is the brand and the team lead that people remember, not the individuals. So it can be difficult for the team members to create their own professional identities or make themselves noticed as individuals. 

Have you ever considered pursuing your own interests in real estate? Is there any specific niche you are interested to focus on? Working under a brand identity can keep you from pursuing your own interests. That’s a reason many real estate agents prefer to work solo than on a team. If you are going to join a team,  make sure that they focus on the niche you are interested in. 

Independent Real Estate Agents: Positive and Negative Sides 

You Have Complete Autonomy over Your Career

For some real estate agents, working alone is the best part of this career. If you are the kind of person who wants to have total control of everything, starting as an independent real estate agent gives you the freedom you seek. You can set your own schedule. It is up to you when to work or call it a day. You can market the way you want or serve your clients according to your own standards. Best of all, by working solo, you don’t have to split your commissions with anyone.  

No One Will Help You with Fees 

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Starting your own real estate business does have certain costs. When working solo, you have to meet all business expenses and licensing fees. So if you decide to start your career independently, make sure that you have enough money to cover the expenses of six to eight months. Whether you decide to join a real estate team or go solo, remember that neither path necessarily presents a smoother road to success than the other. Consider all positive and negative aspects of both options and pick the one you find comfort in.  

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