Century 21

Century 21
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I love how the brokerage has two brokers who have over 60 years of experience in the industry. They are not greedy, like other brokers. They actually share the knowledge they have with their agents and make sure they are well trained for success. The office always operates as a whole, and everybody is always willing to guide you with contracts if you are not certain of what to do. They really do help you get on your feet and make you feel at home.

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There's limited career options with what's being provided at Century 21. For personal reasons, I need the ability to grow financially, and that room for growth just is not available to me. My commission split is 75/25.

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I liked the tools, training, and professional listing presentations. I got to work on and a big project in marketing which was fun! My split was 85/15. I'm moving to another city, so need to find a new brokerage.

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Left Century 21 because I wanted a better opportunity, a good team, and a better environment. I wasn't getting that with the team I was on. 87% split.

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Century 21 in Dallas

Nice workplace, nice environment. They'll make sure you are always productive, so you sometimes end up with a lot on your plate. But, they give a fair share of commission, and a lot of training to hone your skills in this industry.

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Commission-based

I like that everyone is supportive of each other. Free training for new agents. The tenured agents are more than happy to assist new ones. The pay is commission based, so nothing is guaranteed. You'll have a hard time if you don't work hard.

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The office and work culture are better than anything I have ever experienced. They have high positivity, and everybody helps each other out. It's not like other brokerages where they are all competitive. They also provide the best agent tools and provide free classes when it comes to CMA's and prospecting. Everybody is very nice, helpful, and their comradery surpasses anything I've encountered. They are a great brokerage that gives back to the community, and I am really glad with my decision. If I had chosen another company, I would've missed out on a great opportunity.

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Century 21 Olympian required a lot of fees, and I wasn't making enough to pay those fees and still pay for leads. I also didn't have time for a full-time job because I have classes. My split was 70/30

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There's a poor commission split & no leads provided. There was no real network to work off to obtain my own leads.

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Biggest name in real estate

This is one of the biggest names in real estate, and the tools provided are much better than any of the other brokerages. The training for newbies is ample, and the culture of the company is one where people will help each other. The best part (for new agents just getting started especially) - Century21 will shoulder all of the costs for signs and collateral, which as far as I know, isn't something that any other broker providers.

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I'm working for Century 21 as a referral agent. Last year, I had to get another job in sales since being an agent didn't bring in much income. I only sold one property.

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I want to get my career moving & it's not happening with Century 21. Thinking of leaving because I have nothing sold with them. There are a couple of pending deals but nothing closed. Looking for upward mobility, and maybe getting started with commercial. 80/20 split and $79 in monthly fees.

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There was a poor commission split & no leads at all. There was no real network to work off to obtain my own leads.

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I'm looking for a change because my previous Broker-In-Charge (BIC) is no longer with Century 21 (he has great morals and integrity). The new BIC is a very nasty person. This BIC is also "feeding" his new agents leads and not giving leads to existing agents. The office manager is also very crooked

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Commissions are good

The commissions can be high, after you take out the administrative fees. They don't give training, you have to go to the board for that.

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I'm just really a newbie and have been working part time in the real estate industry. A lot of Brokers make promises they don't keep, hence why I'm not actively working for Century 21 and am looking for a more ethical broker.

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Century 21 doesn't have properly integrated technology. Times have changed and they are not as known as they used to be. My split is 80/20

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About Century 21

As one of the most recognized real estate companies in the U.S, Century 21 is a choice for many new agents entering the business.

It has strong mentoring, coaching, and training programs. With many successful agents, the brand seeks to create an environment that fosters success. 

In recent years, Century 21 agents have rallied behind the vision to deliver extraordinary experiences to sellers and buyers. It’s a strong value proposition to base your business in an age where advances in technology are shrinking roles agents play.

Company History 

Century 21 was started in the 1970’s by Art Bartlett and Marsh Fisher. Century 21 grew from a single office to more than 7,000 offices by the time of Bartlett’s untimely death in 2009. Fisher later passed on in 2013 at age 88. Both founders are credited with transforming the real estate industry though they had sold the company to Trans World Corporation in 1979 for 89 million dollars. Century 21 would change hands again in 1985 when Metropolitan Life Insurance acquired it. 

In 1995, the company sold to Hospitality Franchise Systems for $200 million. At the time of the sale, the franchise had over 6000 locations in 11 countries.    

Today, Century 21 is owned by Realogy, who also owns many other brokerages, including Coldwell Banker and Better Homes and Gardens.

Century 21 Company Profile

Century 21 franchisees specialize in commercial real estate, luxury homes, global real estate, and home sales. Each office is independently owned and run. 

The brand’s new mission is to “defy mediocrity and deliver extraordinary experiences.” 

Similar to Coldwell Banker, the brand is a subsidiary of Realogy Holdings. 

Century 21 supports people living with disabilities. They have partnered with Easter Seals for the last 30 years. 

Working for Century 21

Insights gleaned from Indeed.com reveal that the typical agent spends their time at the office or in the field showing homes. Agents also have the flexibility of working from home or part-time. 

The atmosphere at Century 21 has been dubbed both “competitive and challenging.” 

Some of the pros of working at Century 21 include: 

  • The chance to work and learn from other agents. 
  • Brand recognition. 
  • Good training programs. 
  • Lots of tools and amazing support staff
  • Friendly and supportive atmosphere. 
  • Good management. 

There are also drawbacks of working at Century 21. For instance, some agents complain about not receiving salary or healthcare benefits. That said, this is the typical practice at competitor brokerages as well, where compensation is wholly commission based. 

Century 21 Real Estate Training

Everyone receives ongoing training at Century 21, including associates, managers, and brokers. Additionally, Century 21 University has numerous courses available online and in class. Associates can attend webinars and receive certifications & designations from the NAR thanks to accredited courses.

Century 21 Agent Tools 

Century 21 Technology tools are meant to help agents grow their business. For instance, listing agents will have their listings distributed by the system to more than 200 aggregator sites (including Zillow, Trulia, etc.).

The Zap® Platform provides agents and brokers with intuitive CRM features. Agents can view all records of communications with prospects. They can enter details about the buyer’s preferences. Zap also collects and aggregates listing data, like the views the property has received online. It can package the data in reports that agents can share with sellers

Associates can track the stages that buyers have completed in the buying-process. There are extra features like marketing tools, website hosting, communication, etc. It’s the end-to-end solution used by most Realogy brands.

Other forms of support offered by Century 21 include the social media & PR studio, Ad Maker, and Preferred Client Club (that allows agents to share customized calendars, guides, etc., with their contact list).

FAQs

Most agents receive commission-only compensation. But the company does hire support staff like account executives, sales representatives, etc. 

Nationwide, the average real estate agent makes about $41,289 per year, but some rookies reportedly earn more at Century 21. It’s all dependent on your location, amount of sales, etc. 

Century 21 commission rates favor a more dependent model. The splits start at 50/50.

The franchise/royalty fee ranges from 5-8%. While there are no desk fees, agents still have to pay for other expenses like E&O fees.  Agents report total costs to be around $50/mo, but this can vary significantly based on the office, location, etc.  To get more granular numbers, please contact your local Century 21 office.

  • Elaborate support system comprised of compliance teams, transaction, sales & listing coordinators, and full in-house marketing teams. Like most brokerages, this includes training and one-on-one coaching
  • The company took the 35th spot in Forbes’s 2020 list of Best Employers for Diversity
  • Access to other experienced agents and a chance to work with a non-competing broker focused on helping your business grow
  • Strong referral programs to earn additional revenue
  • Century 21 boasts the title of the most recognized real estate company based on a survey conducted by Millward Brown in 2018