Brokerage

No locked doors at indie brokerages — and in some cases, no doors

Open floor plans exemplify freedom, entrepreneurial spirit of real estate's new breed

NEW YORK -- Inman's independent broker survey revealed that a big factor behind the current boom in unaffiliated firms is the freedom broker-owners have to pursue their business and adapt to changing conditions as they see fit. An open office floor plan is one way that freedom and entrepreneurial spirit shines through at three firms representing independent brokerages at Real Estate Connect. Raj Qsar, owner of The Boutique Real Estate Group, a 35-agent firm based in Southern California, doesn't have his own office. He said the brokerage's open floor plan cultivates a vibe of collaboration and increases transparency with agents, clients and vendors. Raj Qsar The result is a family feel that helps the firm attract the right agents and fosters loyalty, Qsar said. Los Angeles-based Partners Trust, which has 175 agents in eight offices, has a similar office philosophy, the firm's co-founder, F. Ron Smith, shared. One of the firm's core office tenets is "no locked doo...