Let me answer as best as I can...
In order to be able to practice real estate (aka Sell Houses) an agent needs to park their license with a brokerage.
All of us agents are independent contractors. Think of us like a sports team. We all have our positions (aka specialties/markets). Our broker is our team captain...she is on the field with us. While we have our captain/leader...we also have all our teammates to rely on.
But there is one HUGE, MASSIVE thing missing from that list...and that answer is Office Culture.
This is where the boutique firm shines. We are not just an office, we are family. We share ideas. We are able to bring ideas to our "team captain" and they can be executed swiftly.
Inside our little beehive of an office, we are constantly chit-chatting. Or tomorrow for instance, an impromptu group session with Suzanne to hone our skills. I've been selling real estate for 13 years, last year I sold $22 million in homes...I will never stop learning about this business. I happen to have time tomorrow to go and listen to what our team captain has to say, I will continue to grow.
The family dynamic is very important at a small (but mighty) brokerage like ours. Hard work, humility, steadfastness & integrity are celebrated inside our walls. These walls are also filled with industry secrets of success which belong only to us.