Lots of real estate companies recruit agents with promises of "cutting edge" technology, "lead generation," and "team support." Those buzz words might sound good when an agent is being "sold" on a brokerage, but far too often recruiting promises ring hollow. At Athena Real Estate, we invented a new way of running our brokerage. We view our agents as our partners and devote the resources, expertise and support they need to build a solid client base, make sales and succeed in their careers, while maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Here's how:
Athena recognizes that our industry tends to attract mothers and fathers who want the flexibility to work when they want and how they want, while having enough time for their kids. When times are goods-and the work-life balance is in harmony-realtors can do very well financially while being nurturing parents. But the commission income model is also a double-edged sword: when more time is required for family, the agent's income can dry up very quickly.
Athena's owners firmly believe that family should come first. That's why we regularly have family-friendly events, host fundraisers that help our agents and the causes they support, and nurture cooperation among our agents when they need help with their deals.
And to the cause dear our hearts, we've also devoted our purse strings: Athena is one of the few real estate companies in the world to offer maternity and paternity bonuses to its agents. To learn more about our maternity and paternity bonus policy, please contact Athena and ask for one of the owners.
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Better yet, don't just take our word for it, here's what our agents are saying:
Athena offers agents one of the most favorable commission splits of real estate companies in the New Orleans area.
Athena offers its agents the flexibility of two commission split options, depending on the "cap" the agent chooses:
|Cap Pan||Annual "Cap" on Commissions Paid to Broker||Salesperson's Share of Commissions||Broker's Share of Commissions|
When comparing Athena's commission splits to other real estate companies, be sure to compare "apples to apples." Like an airline that offers "cheap" flights but then charges passengers for soft drinks, carry-ons, and "upgrades" for things included on other flights, real estate brokerages can be slick about hiding fees in addition to the commission splits they advertise. It can be frustrating to learn that what you though was a reasonable commission split is just a "teaser" to get you to sign up-and then pay for the extras.
With Athena's commission split, what you see is what you get: no monthly "technology" fees, no "royalties," no "marketing" dues. Our agents get those basics-and a whole lot more-included with Athena’s standard commission structure.
Athena recognizes that its agents have been the lifeblood of its success. For that reason, Athena has devoted considerable resources to developing first-class technology, training, and support for everyone on the Athena team.
Athena's agents track every deal, their annual commission, and their overall progress on Athena's custom online "Dashboard" system. On the Dashboard, agents can also access Athena's library of forms and marketing documents, on-demand training videos, a calendar of upcoming events, and much more.
But technology can only go so far: it is by no means a substitute for human support and interaction. At Athena, agents have full access to the owners/managers, both of whom are attorneys and experienced residential and commercial real estate agents. Athena's managers regularly coach agents on marketing issues and take a "hands on" approach to resolving tough deals and situations all agents inevitably face. But don't just take our word our word for it: go ahead and choose any agent on our site, call them up and ask about their experience with Athena. We're confident you'll be impressed.
Athena recognizes the value created when agents work in teams. Working as a team, our agents do a great job of managing the daily workflow-marketing activities, phone calls, open house, property inspections, joining clients at closing-that are essential to productivity and sales. To encourage agents to work in teams, Athena offers reduced “caps” for team members. Contact us to learn more.
So much of what real estate agents do revolves around the use of forms. The quality of those forms reflects- and may even drive- the quality of your representation of clients. Especially when things go wrong, it is crucial to have strong contracted protections for your clients (and you).
While many “standard” forms are available, we have all too often found them woefully inadequate.
We, therefore, have put painstaking effort into developing a top-notch, copyright-protected set of forms for our agents. All forms were developed by a Louisiana real estate attorney (one of the owners of company), and exhaustively vetted by numerous professionals. Our forms are also user-friendly: each form is fillable as a pdf documents and optimized for electronic signature on DocuSign or Instanet.
All that said, you should know that Athena’s doors are not open to just anyone. We have carefully guarded our brand by engaging only highly professional, competent, and skilled real estate agents. We do things right, and we expect (and demand) that our agents do so as well. If you fit this criteria and are interested in joining an ambitious group of qualified professionals, then Athena might be right for you. Give us a call and ask for one of the owners. We’d love to talk with you.