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The Agent Count Model Doesn’t Work For Real Estate Teams

If you wish to see your crew implode after a couple of years, give attention to filling seats with anybody who can breathe, Jeff Glover writes. Right here’s why the agent rely mannequin merely doesn’t work for constructing a worthwhile crew.

For those who’re gonna hand me the mic, I’m gonna say it: You’ll be able to’t construct a long-term, sustainably worthwhile crew following the agent rely mannequin.

Now, you’ll be able to definitely construct a brokerage this fashion, however not a crew that’s in it for greater than a fast hit in success. Somebody shared with me a video from a competitor that actually stated, out loud on Fb Reside, “Our standards for hiring is that if they’re respiratory or not.”

Are you kidding me? You wish to see your crew implode after a couple of years of quick-hit success, comply with that technique, and higher but, broadcast it on social media for all your brokers to listen to what you propose to encompass them with.

So why’s it OK to comply with that mannequin for a brokerage however not a crew?

Properly, in case you run a brokerage, the issues which are vital to brokers are totally different from brokers on groups. Most brokerages at present are pressured to comply with a “recruit first” mannequin as a result of their margins are so skinny, and the one strategy to enhance income, with shrinking margins, is to extend agent rely.

I get that, and I exploit that mannequin in my brokerages as nicely. Most brokerage brokers are used to it and don’t care who you rent, as long as they’re getting worth for what they’re paying you for, they appear the opposite means. 

Nonetheless, groups are totally different. These brokers need and anticipate extra. They need you and your setting, your companies, your help, your advertising and marketing, all of that, to be higher, and heck, they’re paying extra for it, in order that they deserve it. In any other case, they’d be part of a brokerage.

Groups have the distinctive skill to instill requirements, have construction and use accountability in areas the place brokerages can’t. Groups ought to not be revolving doorways. They need to be a spot that fosters high manufacturing as a result of you’ve gotten high producers who’re in it for the lengthy haul, not simply to get some “good” coaching for a couple of years.

Give up surrounding your individuals with geese when they’re eagles. And in case you aren’t attracting eagles, it’s time to take a step again and consider your complete enterprise mannequin. Beginning with your self.

Why? As a result of sooner or later you’ll get up and your high producers shall be pressured out as a result of they don’t wish to be surrounded by losers, posers and non-productive folks that so lots of you deliver on to your groups. There’s a saying that’s been round for a bit: The standard will present up within the amount. There may be absolute fact to that, and also you wish to know what else is true?

In 20 years of doing this — and 18 of these in brokerage and crew management — the amount will additionally push out the standard, and I don’t learn about you, however I don’t wish to get up sooner or later with a crew of a bunch of lifeless weight. I wish to encompass myself with the perfect in order that they pressure me to be higher and pressure us to proceed hiring high leaders and expertise, which additional drive manufacturing and profitability.

You see, making recruiting your sole focus is the lazy means out. Certain, it takes a ton of effort to recruit, and I’m not saying you shouldn’t be concerned in recruiting actions each day. What I’m saying is give extra consideration to increase your leaders, your individuals, your programs, your tradition — all of the issues that may trigger somebody to like their life with you — and get these so as first earlier than hiring anybody who can fog a mirror.

Jeff Glover is the founding father of Reside Unreal Corporations, the dad or mum firm of a number of actual estate-related companies together with the No. 1 homeselling crew in Michigan, actual property brokerages consisting of over 600 brokers, a homebuying cell phone app and can also be the No. 1 producing actual property coach within the nation, promoting over 100 houses yearly within the final decade.