Inside LeadingRE, an exclusive network of indie brokers

The experiences, the connections, the education, the networking -- but mostly, the referrals -- fuel the bond between these real estate firms
  • Leading Real Estate Companies of the World (LeadingRE) is a community for independent brokerages that seek national and international referrals, an annual conference and a bigger network.
  • The organization has an almost 50 percent referral conversion rate compared to the industry standard of 25 percent.

Agents looking to hitch their wagon to the right brokerage might ask about things like culture, mentorship, educational resources and tech tools — all elements that many independent brokerages have found ways to offer at the same (or even greater) level than their franchise counterparts. But what about the networking, the cross-country connections and — most importantly — the referrals? Franchises with branches across major cities are naturally equipped to refer leads to one another, a particular advantage when it comes to clients who are relocating.