Agents Making A Move, Pt. 3 … thee end … for now.

8 months has passed by already … 8 months since I became a RE/MAX agent. If you aren’t an agent, this blog will probably bore you. But if you are an agent or thinking of becoming one, then by all means .. KEEP READING!

It’s been a while since I last updated my blog, especially on this topic! That’s a good thing. I’ve been busy. Unimaginably busy! My move has paid off in so many different ways. I cannot tell you how happy I am that I took the leap, and by doing so, I grew my business, my sphere and my reputation in the industry. It’s been a helluva ride  that I am sharing with you because I know how scary it can be to jump ship! I am now working with the industry leader most known for its caliber of agents and its overall presence in the marketplace, worldwide.

Agents, I cannot lie … I do have an ulterior motive for wanting you to check out my firm; but I can’t share that publicly, so call me if you want to hear allllll about it. I’d be happy to talk to you! 215-335-6900.

RE/MAX - Experience SELLS

There has not been one negative thing about my new company. My broker is always available, day and night to help when needed. The other agents in my office are always willing to lend a hand and they all have nothing but great things to say about the company they work with! The overall “personality” of the office is so full of energy, fun, humor … just a big difference from the “other” place … and you can see why RE/MAX agents are so successful.  We have drive — and most of us have a major “addiction” to real estate.  The other night, a fellow agent made that comment to me and and I thought that was a very good way of talking about real estate .. it IS an addiction, a beneficial, positive addiction.

My name is Kim Schreiner and I am happily addicted to REAL ESTATE.

I am glad I became a part of this team. If you are interested in inquiring about becoming part of such a fabulous office (the Number #1 RE/MAX Office in Philadelphia) give Alan Stasson a call at 215-335-6900. Or, visit his website, (be sure to check out the commission calculator) and if you don’t believe the difference, then give ME a call. I have a nice spreadsheet to share with you that shows the difference of my REAL sales in 2009 at the “other” place vs. RE/MAX (same work, mo’ money – you get paid like the professional you are)! Yep, sometimes it IS about you, your family, and getting what you are WORTH.

I’m good at what I do. Are you? I work hard, very hard. Do you? If you answered yes, then why are you paying your current broker so much for YOUR HARD WORK? 

If you are reading this far, you must be asking yourself that already.

Stop paying for your broker’s vacations!
If you can sell 8 or more properties per year, then maybe it’s time to consider a career move to better YOUR career.

Since when did I become a recruiter?
Back to my ulterior motives that I cannot share publicly, but I am NOT a recruiter. I am very happy I took a chance on myself, it paid off. Just sharing my happiness with my fellow agents who are still giving away a big chunk of their hard earned money and not getting much in return.  Another thought provoking question for you … figuratively speaking …

Maybe it’s time to consider taking YOUR happy pill?

At RE/MAX Affiliates NE … the split I have with my firm … I get A LOT in return. For each sale … they mail out JUST SOLD postcards for me, it’s a no brainer, I just check a box on my closing sheet.

Although I like to do a lot of my Internet marketing myself, it’s not for everyone! An added bonus (double advertising for me, yes, sometimes again, it IS ABOUT YOU, and Alan is all about marketing his agents) – all office listings automatically get posted on YOUTUBE and Craigslist, saving loads of time! Another perk? Free breakfast once a month at our office meetings .. come on … bacon, eggs and coffee on your boss? Nice. 

1 hour of your time with a down to earth, hands on broker can put THOUSANDS in YOUR pocket. When I say thousands, I can prove it. Call me about my lil’ spreadsheet …

No brainer.

Kim Schreiner, ePRO, SFR, Realtor
RE/MAX Affiliates, NE
The #1 RE/MAX Office in the City of Philadelphia
Office: 215.335.6900
Cell: 215.510.2149

Agents Making a Move .. Switching Brokerages, My 1st Week

Whoa! What an exciting week this has been!  My first week at my new office, RE/MAX Affiliates, NE

Great White Shark

Great White Shark

Having been told over and over (brainwashing?) that the real estate giant, RE/MAX would be like working in a shark tank … I immediately found that to be quite the opposite.  Everyone I have come in contact with thus far has been incredibly helpful to me during my transition. The caliber of my fellow agents alone makes RE/MAX a wonderful place to grow and take my career to the next level.

My new office is bustling and full of experienced agents, so their ads hold true. They all seem to be quite happy with their “home away from home” — I’ve met many “names” that I’ve seen around town and there is even an agent who has been featured on one of my favorite shows on HGTV, House Hunters.  I am surrounded by, in my opinion, the best of the best and I am loving that I have become part of their family. So please allow me to dismiss the first myth … RE/MAX agents are not a bunch of piranhas, they are just really good at what they do.

Brazilian Black Piranha

Brazilian Black Piranha

My new broker, Alan Stasson, has followed through on everything he presented to me during my interview process and then some.  If you are thinking of a move yourself, which is why I started this blog …  there wasn’t much on the net to help me .. be sure to interview with many different brokerages before making a decision!! I highly recommend doing this to see whose personality best meshes with YOURS.  Alan seemed quite genuine and he was not pushy. He allowed me to make the decision to come to his office on my own without hounding me, and without knocking the competition, that impressed me, he didn’t need to knock the competition AND most importantly, the fact that he came highly recommended by OTHER AGENTS.  I found that to be something very important during my search for a new home away from home. The opinion of the people that work under someone holds its weight in gold. He has been available to me whenever a question came about, and believe me there have been many during this transition! Feel free to call him personally and ask, 215-335-6900.

This week I listed my first property as a RE/MAX agent … it is already under contract and I have very happy clients, as they say, it’s the experience that counts! I am off and running and looking back I am wondering why it took me so long to make this move in the first place! I already feel at home in my new place.  Now where is the copier again?

Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home


Thinking of making a move yourself? Contact me! Whether a home buyer or a home seller (or an agent with transition questions) get in touch with me, I love to help people!

 Kim Schreiner 215.510.2149  REMAX Affiliates NE 215.335-6900

Agents Making a Move .. Switching Brokerages in Real Estate Pt. 1

What's Out There?

What's Out There?

Searching hi and low on the Internet for some advice on what it’s like for an established real estate agent to switch brokerages, I found that I was not coming across anything helpful. Hopefully, you’ve come across this series of blogs looking for the same answers and have found me.


My real estate career began in 2005 at the height of a seller’s market but also the beginning of one of the worst real estate markets this country has ever seen. I had already had a very successful career in accounting and office management, but the daily grind and “same ole, same ole …” I just knew I needed something more.

Boy did I get it!

Big Change #1 – I met my husband in the early 2000’s and in 2004 we had our son. Dropping my 4 month old son off at a daycare center at 8:30AM and not picking him up until some time after 5PM was enough to make me consider a serious overhaul and to reevaluate what was important to me.

Big Change #2 – I left a very secure job working for people who were like family to me. I cannot thank my husband enough for his never ending support! I decided to pursue a career in real estate, something I have always had a strong curiosity about but rumor had it real estate was a tough career! Luckily for me, I don’t listen very well when people tell me I cannot do something or that something is hard. I am always up for a new challenge and by all means a career in real estate is very challenging and VERY rewarding in ways more than in monetary value.

Big Change #3I earned my real estate license! Now what do I do? You know the old saying, about how school is nothing like the real world? Yes, this most certainly holds true for the real estate industry. I began my career with a brokerage that held my hand with every transaction – this is something I strongly recommend for any rookie. My manager took the time to answer every question that came about no matter when I called or emailed. I was told that I was “a natural” —

With dedication, persistence and self-discipline (working from home the majority of the time AND being an Independent Contractor – you had better have self-discipline or find another career) — my business grew. I had a strong grasp of what it takes to be a successful real estate agent. I had built a nice-sized client base and achieved a hard-earned, good reputation in the industry.

So, you ask .. why change? I wrestled with that decision for over a year. It takes so much time to become established in the real estate world, it simply makes it hard to move! I was attending a GRI course with many other agents from all different companies… of course we talk… we’re Realtors®! I heard about the many different types of office models… and my interest grew. I needed to see if it would work for me. Then one day someone put it in a little different perspective for me, it was suggested that I needed to be loyal to myself first.

Some brokerages are geared towards newer agents, with plenty of education, training and “hand-holding.” Some offices take an agent, give them a desk and you are left alone in the crazy and often chaotic world of real estate. Some offer agents a little bit of both. There are many different types of pay structures. Obviously, where you are in your career will help you decide what is right for you, what YOU need. No model is perfect, none is right or wrong. Education? More Independence? That decision is not always easy!

So here I am, about to “take the leap” — To describe the feeling, it’s like trying to climb a set of stairs that you cannot see the top of … wondering where this move will go? It seems there is no ceiling in a real estate career. You are what you work for; it’s all up to YOU and that in itself is exciting!

I hope you will follow me on a series of blogs as I make my move. And by the way … if you or anyone you know is also thinking about making a “move” I am sure that I can help!

Big Change #4 … Hello RE/MAX Affiliates, N.E.!

… To Be Continued!

For detailed information on a career in real estate check out:
The Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook 2008-09 Edition
Real Estate Brokers & Sales Agents

More blogs in this series:
The First Week
Time Flies When You’re Having Fun!

Contact Kim Schreiner:
Kimberly Schreiner, ePRO, Realtor® PA License RS291767
RE/MAX Affiliates, NE
Kim’s Official Website
Cell 215-510-2149 Direct 215-992-1726 Office 215-335-6900
Serving Philadelphia, Bucks and Montgomery Counties