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Like most real estate agents, I get postcards in the mail from real estate companies that are recruiting agents.The postcards are pretty much the same. They promise that if I go work with the company, I will get to keep more of my commission and that I will pay lower fees and I will have more opportunities and get more business. They all have state-of-the-art technology and training, too. It never impresses me when companies advertise that they are less expensive. In some cases those lower fees and higher commission splits mean more out-of-pocket expenses. I look at the list of what the company provides and I rarely find anything that I don't have already. Why would I want a free template Web site when I already have Web sites? Anyone can get a cheap or free e-mail account, yet e-mail accounts are used as selling points, too. I already have a phone and it fits in my pocket, so I don't really need a desk in an office to put it on, or another phone line to have to check for...