The Three Bears of Real Estate Brokerages

I’ve just made one of the biggest decisions as a new real estate agent.

It was a whole lot easier than I thought it would be.  But I still took my time and interviewed several brokerages before making my decision.

You see, looking for a job isn’t just about a company hiring you to do work for them.  As an employee, you should also spend some time researching the company, coming up with a list of questions to ask, and actually evaluating the people you talk with to see if you like them

So often we are so desperate to just get a job and a paycheck we don’t really focus on if it is a good job or not.  If it is something that we actually want to do, with people we want to work with, and in a place that will be fun.

No, instead we take the first job we are offered, and then we feel stuck, in a place that isn’t quite right.

I learned this lesson a long time ago.  It’s one of the reasons I’m now now in Real Estate, and not doing something else.

So for me, it was super important to find a Real Estate Brokerage in Austin that had not only the resources I need as a new agent, but is a great, fun, and interesting place to work.

Its sort of like the children’s story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, but instead of being scared off and running away at the end, I have found a new home!

I’m sure you remember the story – but just in case:  Goldilocks comes upon a house in the woods.  Seeing it empty she walks in to find some porridge on the table.


She samples the first and says this one is too hot

She trys the 2nd and syas this one is too cold

When she tries the third one she says this is just right


Then she moves over to the beds and sits in the first one – This one is too hard

Upon trying the second, this is too soft

And the third is just right, of course.


So she falls asleep.  Soon the bears come home and see her.  She wakes up, and runs away.


It was the same with me.

I also tried three brokerages, and my story is very similar.


The first one, was just a little too modern for me.  They had a different business model than I was used to.  The interview process was a little too different – and some red flags went up for me during the process so I politely bowed out.

I’m sure they are a great agency.  I see them all over the web, and in the industry news, but for me, it wasn’t a good fit.

The second brokerage I interviewed was just a little too small.  I know I would have gotten a lot of great work through them, but I wasn’t convinced that I would get the help and resources I need as a new agent.  Perhaps when I am a little more experienced, and have a couple of dozen transactions under my belt, I’ll return to them.

Finally I settled upon JB Goodwin.  They are an agency that’s been around a very long time in Austin.  I really wanted to work with an established agency with a proven track record.

  • I want the ability to work areas that I choose
  • I need the flexibility to do marketing my way, but still be able to man the phones and volunteer to hold open houses when I want.
  • I want a nice office to take clients to, without having to pay expensive desk fees.
  • I want great training, from experienced agents who don’t seem put out when I ask a question.

JB Goodwin offers all these things and so much more.

I’m super excited to have my sponsoring broker in place, as I finish up my classes and take the TREC real estate exam.

I encourage you to subscribe to my blog, and follow me as I take this new journey.


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