When it’s time to move on to greener pastures, how do you conduct yourself with executing that process? The way you leave an office should be done as professionally as when you arrived. Real estate is a business with great turn over. People come, and people go. Some are always professional, and others never were!!
I’ve changed offices three times, and each time was done professionally, quickly and with no turmoil. I did not disturb anyone within the office, and no one knew that I was leaving except the broker/owner who made the announcement after I departed. To this day, I could go back to any one of those offices without any hesitation on anyone’s part. I never burned a bridge, and I was always thankful for every “scrap of knowledge” that I absorbed within each office.
What are agents thinking when they decide to open their own office and openly recruit within their present office? How unprofessional and certainly a sign of desperation on the part of the agent who is leaving. If you are going to leave to open your own office, shut your mouth and continue to work until it’s time to leave. At that point, have a one on one conversation with the broker/owner; discuss listings and transactions; thank him for the opportunity to work under his shingle; and leave quietly and professionally!!
Do not recruit from within!! Do not disrupt the office!! Do not undermine or attempt to damage the name of the office or its management on the way out!! Those who conduct themselves in that manner as an agent will certainly wear those same stripes as a Broker/Owner. Agents who are selecting their first office or their 4th office should remember that fact. You’ll be labeled with the same reputation as the Broker/Owner, and it sticks like glue. Make good decisions.
Just another thought inspired by a question on the Q& A section…..