In this monthly column, Anthony Askowitz will explore a hypothetical Miami real estate situation from both sides of the broker/agent dynamic. This month’s situation: A successful longtime partnership is coming apart, and the broker is caught in the middle. Agent perspective I’m done. I can’t do it anymore! After more than 10 years of working with my business partner, I can no longer accept the difference between our respective work ethics. I am constantly out there pounding the pavement, generating business, showing our listings and closing sales, while my partner takes vacations and lets things slide. We had a really good run and I was OK with looking the other way about this disparity before, but it’s just gotten ridiculous over the past few months. I am totally carrying this team, while my partner complains that I am being overbearing. Nothing personal about this, but it is time to go our separate ways. As frustrated as I am with my partner, I am even mor...
- In-house partner/team breakups are tough on everyone…including brokers. Everyone loses something in the process.
- Brokers can try to referee disagreements over minor issues, but must be very careful to remain neutral when the breakup is actually underway.
- Most breakups can be managed and even avoided with a good pre-partnership agreement.
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