Jennifer is, of course, right
. It is easy to move. There are good sections in her books on choosing a brokerage. Lots of reasons, and many of us didn't interview around, but went with someone we knew, etc. There is also a book probably on half.com or ebay: 21 Things I Wish My Broker Had Told Me, and there might be some in the local library with sections on how to choose a brokerage. Jennifer's are obviously the best, or we wouldn't be here...
There are the good, the bad and the ugly like in any business. If you are paying a high desk fee like some, you should be getting something in return in my opinion. That "Something" should translate directly into making you either a better agent, result in business NOW or a good deal of business in your pipeline for future use.
There currently is a brokerage in my town that is picking up agents right and left. The fees are reportedly high, but they give you a better split to offset their fees...they offer a GREAT deal of specific training
and that is a big selling point to many of their new agents...and when I say "new" I mean experienced agents that are new to the firm that have left another brokerage. The broker is highly respected, and all the agents I talk to are happy as clams.
Another consideration is web presence. Another brokerage in town is consistently #1 on google when you key in Hot Springs homes for sale, etc. They are far cheaper than the previous mentioned. I would imagine floor duty is productive because of that. The split will be less, and possibly the training, but then in our neck of the woods, fairly specific CE training can be had for between 25-65 dollars. If your brokerages there provide E&O insurance and almost
all of them do in the world, consider that. To provide your own can cost up to $1,700.00 annually.
The point is, you might want to visit with some other agents that you know that are with other firms. If you have a realtor caravan, go to it every time you can and make relationships with other realtors in town and listen to what they are saying. Keep in mind that you might also be viewed as merely an "income stream" so to use a good phrase I heard somewhere, "keep your antenna up."
Just my penny...well...maybe more..Lol