I received my real estate license in 1988, and in 1990 I joined RE/MAX – and I’m still with them today, 20 years later. RE/MAX has always been the company that suits my needs, as it offers updated training — such as short sale processing, etc. — that is suited to the current market.
Additionally, RE/MAX has worked hard to create an image as a company of experienced agents. Wherever I go, my company is recognized and I’m recognized as a professional.
Before joining RE/MAX, I worked for an independent agency (one that is no longer in business) that was quite large in the Chicagoland area. Although it was a good company, I always knew I would eventually join RE/MAX. The reasons I made the change are as follows:
1. The commission structure allows me to make much more net profit, leaving me with more control over my expenses and income.
2. All sign, ad (and now) Internet calls come directly to me as the listing agent, which means more return on my advertising dollars.
3. I have more control of my advertising and marketing content and expenses.
4. I work with experienced agents and learn from them every day.
RE/MAX suits me as I can run my business my way. The company offers guidance and ongoing training, but doesn’t dictate how I run my day-to-day activities. Prior to real estate, I spent 20 years in corporate business. Someone else was always calling the shots — I was a round peg in a square hole. Real estate and RE/MAX suit me perfectly.
Honestly, I can’t say that I have experienced any disadvantages to being with a major company. Each office is independently owned, so there is still a small company atmosphere with large company advantages.
I plan to stay with RE/MAX for the remainder of my real estate career. I have weathered this challenging market as a part of RE/MAX, and I have also spent considerable advertising dollars to promote the company and myself — leaving no reason to start over.
I can’t think of anything that would entice me to leave. If, for some reason, I became unhappy with my current office, I would simply move to another RE/MAX office. I’ve been approached by other companies over the years, but none offered more than what I already have.
In a market like we are currently experiencing, it’s important to go back to the basics. It’s like building my business all over again with one major advantage: my wonderful clients, friends and family who continually provide repeat business and referrals. I think it’s important that they know I’m still in the business, still successful and still offering service that’s “above the crowd”.
Jane Glenn is a Broker, CRS with RE/MAX All Pro in Bloomingdale. She can be reached at 630.980.4000.