Making a change is never easy, right? Fear of the unknown, getting out of your comfort zone…understandably scary, but it can keep you mired in consistency without growth. Switching Brokers for a real estate agent is one example of a move that is never easy.
How about switching from a long established big-name broker to a year old independent start up where you’re the 3rd agent on-board? That’s the bold move Aimee Cooper made last April going from Century 21 to Own NY Real Estate. As she comes up on the end of the first year, we check in with her to see how that move worked out and to find out more about her decision and experience.
So, how long have you been in real estate?
What’s been your average production?
Between 5 to 10 deals per year
Can you tell us what led to your decision to join a start up brokerage?
I just felt like it was time to make a change and see if I could break through into double digit deals per year production. There was something about what Own NY was doing that appealed to me and felt right and I was ready to take a risk.
Ok, so, tell us about your production since you made the move to Own NY?
Well, it was a risk with a high reward! I broke through to double digit production in the 1st quarter and have 42 sides on the books (32 sides closed, 10 sides pending) with a month left in my first year!
Wow, blew the doors off the goal, how were you able to do that?
What Own NY has helped me do was beyond even my expectations….I was attracted to the great splits and the culture being built but the main driver was the promise of quality leads provided by the broker. They were quality and they were plentiful! That along with the systems and processes to convert those leads into transactions ….it even enabled me to add an agent to help me and start to build the Cooper Team. That has allowed me to service the high volume of clients coming in at a level where we can maintain great service.
What’s the outlook as you head into your second year with Own NY?
The company has recently opened a great new office and continues to grow and I’m excited about what lies ahead! Personally, I plan to add another agent to my team in April and one more before the year is over. Based on early returns, my team is projecting more than 70 sides in 2018.
Any advice or thoughts for other agents that might be thinking about a change?
Of course I’d say come on over to Own NY, we’re building something unique and special! There are more stories like mine and we’d be happy to talk to you about our experiences. We’re ideal for a veteran productive agent that just wants better splits and a great culture or for the newer agent needing the boost to their business from the broker-provided leads.