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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Golden Real Estate Is an Agent-Friendly Brokerage

[Published Feb. 20, 2014, in the Jeffco editions of the Denver Post's YourHub section. An abbreviated version also appeared in five Jefferson County weekly newspapers.]

When I left RE/MAX Alliance and started Golden Real Estate back in 2007, I wasn’t sure how to be an employing broker instead of the individual agent I had been for the previous five years. 

Now that we have grown to having eight broker associates and a terrific office manager (who is studying to be licensed), I am increasingly willing to promote Golden Real Estate as a brokerage that works well for broker associates.

Consistent with that feeling, I have worked hard at expanding the services which we provide to our broker associates and can now offer to recruits. These include:

¨ Generous split arrangement — 85/15, plus a nominal transaction fee equal to 0.1% of the transaction price. There are no desk fees.

¨ Free use of our moving truck for themselves and their clients. They can even offer the truck free to sellers (clients of other brokerages) so that their buyers can get their contracts accepted.

¨ Free car wash/car vacuum facility located behind our building.

¨ Free Centralized Showing Service for all agents' listings

¨ Free color printing & copying in our office

¨ Free video tours, virtual tours (slideshows with HDR photos) and even aerial photographs

¨ Free “Showcase” enhancement of all listings on  Featured listings on Trulia and Zillow, too

¨ Free open house signs, balloons and helium

¨ Your listings featured with this weekly column in both YourHub and five Jeffco weekly newspapers

¨ Free sign riders (such as “Backs to Greenbelt” or “Under Contract” or “Buyers and Sellers Get Free Use of Moving Truck”)

¨ Free custom URLs for each listing (for example,

¨ Free Microsoft Exchange email accounts including the free download of Outlook 2010.

¨ Free charging of agents’ plug-in or all-electric cars such as Prius, Chevy Volt or Tesla.  It’s like getting free gas!

¨ Fair share of floor time in our office on Golden’s busiest thoroughfare.

¨ Paid contract clauses written by prominent lawyer Oliver Frascona.

¨ Knowledgeable mentoring & supervision from me and great support from our office manager.
Contact broker/owner Jim Smith for an interview -- 303-525-1851 or

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