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I'm not sure about the "team". I've heard that you end up working with a junior agent?

  • May 12 - Scottsdale
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I agree with Melinda, it depends on the team.
  • May 17
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Having a junior member of a team can be a good thing..........You'll be they're ONLY client, and can give you undivided attention..........The senior member of the team is over-seeing all of the important aspects of the transaction because the senior member is ultimately responsible and liable.

Don't be afraid of working w/the Team........
  • May 16
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This is the hard thing for new agents - if they don't know enough to be of value to clients, why should they be assigned to clients?

As Mike says, it is a business. However, we are licensed because the State maintains that the Publick is entitled to a level of competence from licensees. What I want to see is a team where the SENIOR agents work with first-time buyers, and maybe let the newbies go hunt deals for investors.

  • May 16
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teams are way better since there is a leader to "guide" the other team members and give them training.  So many agents stumble bumble their way around it is very scary.  I just talked to a friend in another state and found out the real estate course is only 24 hours long!  They might be the loan ranger but you have to ask yourself  Should I pay for full service for 1 agent or the same price for two or more!
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That's a good argument, Mike, although I disagree with the premise.

When I choose a doctor, it isn't because of their nurse or physician's assistant. When the local magazine announces "five star" doctors, they don't mean the support team. However, when it comes to real estate teams, quite often the client doesn't get "the doctor," they get the nurse or physician's assistant - the "support team." And in my opinion, the client that needs the most expertise (the first-time home buyer) typically gets shunted off to the least-experienced person on "the team." Good for business, maybe; perhaps not so good for the client.
  • May 16
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"And the cost and availability of seeing the doctor is better. "

The cost for the patient is the same. If you have insurance, your copay is the same for a nurse practitioner or a specialist MD in most cases. It is never wise to hire a team if you are not sure about it's weakest link. Too many professionals focus on profit at the expense of service. Never settle for a lower paid team of "professional extenders" on a full commission listing. If you don't like the team you will end up wishing for death and wondering why your agent has disappeared off the planet.

If you want the buck to stop with the listing agent you hire, better make sure what jobs they will do personally and who handles other parts of your listing. If there is a handful of people with little specific oversight or licensing, ask to meet all the people who will be handling it and evaluate them individually on their experience. Don't just hire the face of the license, evaluate the team for yourself.
  • May 16
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Real estate is a business.  All good businesses have many employees or teams.  I would be more concerned with working with someone who does not have a team.  Do you think Donald Trump built his empire all by himself or with a team?  How about Steve Jobs and Apple?  Without the help of his team, we would not have the iphone, ipad and all the apple products.  It is the individual agent who does not have enough time in the day to get all their work done.  So, when the individual agent is trying to be the listing agent, the buyers agent, the transaction coordinator, the inside sales rep, the receptionist and so on, it is the client who will suffer.  The reason for the team is that no one person can do everything effectively and efficiently.  It is inevitable that the individual will start dropping the ball when they get busy.
Think of it this way, when you go to the doctors office, you see many employees.  The doctor does not answer the phone, take payments, do billings, take blood pressure, clean the exam rooms, and take x-rays.  The doctor comes in and sees you for a few minutes after all the other people have done their jobs.  Because of this set up, the doctor can see help many more patients.  And the cost and availability of seeing the doctor is better.  
  • May 16
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.... you heard correctly.........
  • May 13
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All depends on what you think a junior agent is.. 
Most teams specialize so the the agent you work with Buying a home is focused on you a Buyer. 
Also most of the buyer's agents that work on my team sell 3 times that of other agents in our market. 
So don't think you are being discounted by going to a team. You will want to interview each agent as if they where on their own and decide to work with the most qualified for your transaction. 
Good luck,
Brad
  • May 13
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You'd want to find that out from "the team," I think.
  • May 13
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Team. All companies with more than one person are a team. We all bring to the company our basic work ethics, then we bring to the work table a vast mired of skill sets. NO one person can do it all. No one person knows it all either. But, like the 'Fist of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi' you as a team become a force never to be mess with.

The Fist of Gandhi is that we are all individuals on the hand. But, when we clench our fingers to a fist, as a good team does, we are un-beatable.

In the revolution of manufacturing of Autos, came the Ford assembly line. Before, cars were made to by a team of craftsmen from beginning to end. Along comes the 80s and 90s and the left wheel that falls off the car can no longer be an acceptable thing thus the rebirth in the terms of Harvard Business mag, is the 'high performance work team'.

Yes, we are all individuals, yes, we are all brands of our own. But, collectively we all are a team to one company or another.
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Realtors do not join real estate to get lost somewhere in a group of other agents; we are brands and we are personal brands. As someone else had said, by working with a Realtor within a team, you truly DO get to have the backing of two agents at once. We all have had listings that were not sold for a reason beyond our comprehension and we all have had a buyer that just could not find the "it", and working within a team provided an atmosphere where minds could come together to bring results. Also, by having several agents on a team, you get to expand your networking and have outreach to more buyers and sellers. Don't forget that real estate is a cut-throat business in general and it's not a willy-nilly let's help everyone venture. 

 Also, from a financial perspective, it takes an insane amount of money to start a team; therefore, only the most successful agents will be able to start and to maintain one. Have you noticed the amount of advertisement teams do vs. the advertisement the regular "Joe Bloe, Your Neighborhood Expert" do? That's all money talking. Do you want to go with the guy that can barely afford his own living or someone that has generated a fortune?

Also, assistants and closing agents are not a bad thing in general. You have a single point of contact when you work with a team - your agent. Yes, you will encounter many faces during a transaction, from Lenders to Settlement Agents to Home Inspectors and etc., so having an additional assistant should not be problematic. Why not have extra folks working on your transactions? Look, things happen and not everyone can be in two different places at the same time, so having extra staff allows for personalized and timely service. You, as a customer, are not paying for Mary the Closing Agent or John the Showings Assistant, so why not? Do you go to a restaurant with 50 waiters or one where the owner is the Chef?


 
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Using the "Team" concept is a marketing strategy using a Power Word!!.. you don't have just one person working to find you the best property or help you sell your home, you've got a whole teaming working on it!!!  Realistically, if you use any successful real estate agent, (team or not) they will have assistants working for them, and it's possible you will eventually interact with an assistant during the buying/sale process.  It doesn't mean that you have a less experienced agent doing all the work and the premier get's the paycheck.. Feel free to reach out to me if you have any other questions, William J. Acres
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"For example, my team consists of four agents..."
"We also have an assistant who helps us with the transaction portion..."
"Once the home is under contract, we have a closing specialist ..."

LOL So, what you're really saying is that your sellers will deal with no less than 3 people in your office possibly more and that once the house passes buyer backout date that you turn the file over to an office assistant until you pick up your commission check from escrow. 

Hiring an agent is supposed to make things easier by providing the seller with one professional go to person for marketing, questions and concerns. Your description makes your office sounds like assembly line real estate as opposed to personal first line service. 

Perhaps sellers paying a multi-thousand dollar commission should consider whether a batch of real estate office assistants are really worth the same pay as a licensed agent personally handling their sale.
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Hi kristinrobbins800 -

Kindly click this link for the instructions on how to post your home as For Sale By Owner.

You can also post your rental listing for free on Zillow by using Postlets. Postlets is a Zillow company that allows you to send your listing to multiple real estate web sites.

For more information about our website you can visit Zillow Help Center.

Thank you.

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Perhaps some could have a member of their "Team" read the Good Neighbor Policy. ;)

My opinion
"Team" is just another Marketing yadda some feel will influence those elusive clients/paychecks to choose them......
Team" sounds like yer gettin more for your buck doesn't it...
I ain't got just one Agent telling me how great they are..... I've got a "Team"!

Seems to me that RE Agent Michael Cubstead pretty much nailed it in his post/comment...

High Inventory of RE Agents and a low inventory of paychecks = Buyers Market for RE Services
Shop Smart

Excellent info on your options as a consumer/buyer of RE Services from the Dept of Justice
Check it out if interested/lots of info.....Competition and Real Estate
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It all depends on what team you are working with, Kristin.  For example, my team consists of four agents, all with many many years of experience.  No rookies on my team.  We also have an assistant who helps us with the transaction portion of the process.  However, when Buying or Selling your home, you would only work with one agent in particular.  Only one would show you homes or only one would help you sell your home.  Later down the road, once the home is under contract, we have a closing specialist who helps you through the closing docs and other parts of the closing process.  I make sure each and every client gets a personal one on one treatment... the team aspect will not affect your level of service, at least I can speak for my team on that note, not so sure about other teams of agents.  If you would like to speak with me directly please feel free to give me a call, I would love to discuss your options whether you are Buying or Selling.  We will take great care of you, just like all the others who have left great reviews on my Zillow page.  Let me know if you need anything!

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  • May 13
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A team can mean that you have multiple agents working on getting your home sold or it can mean that you only work with one agent.  You will want to select an agent (or team) that can explain the home selling process to you, look out for your best interest, have a proven track record, and provide references to support their resume.  

How soon are you planning on selling your home?
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"Team" is one those marketing words with very loose meaning.
 
  It could be a tight group of agents that work well together, one doing the forms and contracts, and listing and one buying. 
 
 It could be an agent that is real great at bring in clients, that charges other agents (team members) a referral fee. This is the arrangement that normally gets you junior. 

 It could be just a bunch of agents that have formed an LLC, pay a broker for sponsorship management, and don't even work together at all, just doing some cost sharing.

I suggest you consider the word "team" meaningless and interview the particular agent you will be working with.
 
In my time in the business I have been un-impressed by senior agents as often as I am by the junior ones,I'd focus more on the agent  and the amount of time they have for you.
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That's true. Team often means they put the top agents name on the sign and you get their junior team member anytime you have an issue.
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Kristin, This is a good question, and the answer is: it depends.  Teams are as diverse as homes are varied.  Some teams have a "rainmaker" who is good at getting leads, or listings, or buyers, and then has specialists for buyers or sellers, or showings. A good team will be based on systems so that you get the same service regardless or who you work with on the team. Remember, "junior" agents often have more time to devote to you, and that can be good. When working with a junior agent be sure they have a good team backing them, be it in the form of a company or brokerage, or an actual team. When it comes down to it, you need to work with a professional with whom you are comfortable.

Melinda DiPerna
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Keller Williams Carmel Valley/Del Mar
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