Must-Dos for Brokerage and Agent Success

Commentary by Rick Haase, President of United Real Estate

This year, United Real Estate jumped 131 spots in RISMedia’s Power Broker Report of the top 1,000 companies, ranking No. 8 in the nation on transaction sides. How did we do it? By adhering to our guiding principle of positioning our brokerages for long-term success by first positioning our agents for success. Sounds obvious, right? It’s a simple concept, but it’s much more complicated to execute this strategic imperative, and our growth suggests that we’ve cracked the code.

The current brokerage environment, including its ever-eroding profit margins for non-scaled, traditional-feeling brokerages, requires two non-negotiable strategic imperatives for success:

1. The ability to get to scale without the usual quid-pro-quo increase in operating expenses.
2. Extremely high effectiveness and efficiencies in back-office brokerage workflows and front-facing agent productivity systems

Equipping Agents to Demonstrate Their Value to Clients
Are your agents demonstrating their command of local market expertise to clients? When clients truly get the message of this kind of value, it’s much more difficult for third-party digital interlopers to get between your agents and their clients.

Agents must have the right information and be able to communicate it effectively. Brokerages, therefore, must be armed with the information tools delivered across a brokerage and agent productivity platform whenever called upon. Brokers and agents need a cloud-based solution accessible from a multitude of devices.

The “right” productivity platform includes automated marketing systems, market research and analysis tools, agent websites, a document management system, CRM tools, virtual training, paperless transaction management and chat or live support.

The solution must enable agents to access and convert market data into actionable advice that fuels satisfying client interactions. It should allow agents to communicate useful, relevant information more easily and more frequently. It should simplify agents’ daily tasks, while giving them more time to interact with clients.

Making all of this happen, while making sure your agents keep as much gross commission as possible, means having a cloud-based, efficient and effective productivity platform for both your brokerage and your agents. For most brokerages, this begs the question as to whether to make or buy the platform. While hundreds of functionality providers are hawking tools to the brokerage industry, most use expensive per-agent, per-month pricing models that are huge roadblocks to scalable profitability.

When you layer in the fact that transaction-fee based agent compensation models have fast become the rule and not the exception, you quickly realize that getting to scale with these fee models is too expensive to leave profit in the business. The tools must be scalable without incrementally increasing your technology costs as you grow.

For brokerages to succeed, agents must succeed. Simple concept, but challenging to execute. It’s all about being able to educate, train and equip agents and brokerages with an effective productivity platform and scale operations efficiently. United Real Estate’s agent growth (we doubled our size to over 11,000 agents in the last 12 months) is proof positive that when you get it right, a profitable scale can be reached.

To learn more about United Real Estate, brokerage succession planning, brokerage valuation and sale or franchising opportunities, contact Rick Haase at or 504-251-3757, or fill out our Confidential contact form.

About United Real Estate

United Real Estate (United) – a division of United Real Estate Group – was founded with the purpose of offering solutions to real estate brokers and agents in the rapidly changing real estate brokerage industry. United provides the latest training, marketing and technology tools to agents and brokers under a flat-fee, transaction based agent commission model. By leveraging the company’s proprietary cloud-based Bullseye™ Agent & Broker Productivity Platform, United delivers a more profitable outcome for agents and brokers. United Real Estate operates in 27 states with more than 100 offices and over 11,000 agents.

About United Real Estate Group

United Real Estate Group (UREG) operates United Real Estate and United Country Real Estate, addressing the unique market needs of suburban, major metropolitan urban and rural markets. Utilizing the cloud-based Bullseye™ Agent & Broker Productivity Platform, UREG offers the latest training, marketing and technology tools producing a significant competitive advantage. The platform realizes a decade-long investment in virtual agent and brokerage technology services and is powered by a 1.8+ million listings data warehouse generating over 3 million monthly visitors and 30,000 leads per year. Together, the United Real Estate Group supports more than 600 offices and 15,000 real estate and auction professionals across four continents. Through its in-house advertising agency, UREG offers differentiating marketing support and collateral for specialized lifestyle property websites as well as access to a 650,000+ opt-in buyer database. For more information about United Real Estate or United Country Real Estate, please visit or



United Real Estate, 5217 Alpha Rd Suite B105, Dallas TX 75240

Copyright © United Real Estate.  All Rights Reserved

Privacy Policy

NOTE: This website is not a franchise offering. A franchise offering can be made by us only in a state if we are first registered, filed, excluded, exempted or otherwise qualified to offer franchises in that state, and only if we provide you with an appropriate franchise disclosure document. Follow-up or individualized responses to you that involve either effecting or attempting to effect the sale of a franchise will be made only if we are first in compliance with state registration or notice filing requirements, or are covered by an applicable state exclusion or exemption.

The following states regulate the offer and sale of franchises: California, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington andWisconsin. If you reside, plan to operate or will communicate about the franchise in one of these states, you may have certain rights under applicable franchise laws or regulations.