There isn't a step-by-step how-to guide on how to open a real estate brokerage in Minnesota. Sure, there are rules, and the Department of Commerce website outlines what is needed to operate a brokerage, but we are on our own when it comes to the exact steps to start a company and are just supposed to know how to make everything work. People who buy a franchise probably get help from the headquarters, and when they do, they get up and running. I have to do everything the hard way. For the most part, I am finding what I need -- it just takes time to assemble it all so that it can be shared companywide. My brokerage has been in existence for only a month, and I just brought on my first agent and am talking to some others. I am not collecting agents; I am being very strategic, and eventually I can unveil my grand plan, but not today. I need to have some secrets. It isn't as hard to start a real estate brokerage as most people would imagine, and it is also harder to start one than...
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