eXp Realty vs. Keller Williams (In-Depth Comparison)

eXp Realty vs. Keller Williams (In-Depth Comparison)

One of the biggest battles going on out there in the real estate brokerage world right now is eXp Realty vs. Keller Williams. While doing my research, I encountered a lot of misinformation and half-truths about each brokerage model.

Let me start by saying both brokerages are amazing companies and have unique advantages over one another. I am personally with eXp Realty, but I will try to stay as unbiased while writing this article as possible.

I have never worked for Keller Williams. However, I have many close friends who do, and I’ve confided in them to understand the model and their experience with the brokerage.

Company History

Keller Williams

Let’s start by comparing the two brokerages’ histories. Keller Williams was founded in 1983 by Gary Keller and Joe Williams. The company started as an individual office located in Austin, Texas. It quickly became the largest real estate firm in Austin, with 72 licensed agents. Around 1985, the housing market experienced a nationwide housing bubble. At this time, Keller Williams began offering “Profit Sharing” to retain agents and get through the recession.

A photo of a city taken at a distance

In the early 90s, Keller Williams began offering franchise opportunities and opened its first location in Oklahoma. Continuing its growth across the country throughout the ’90s and into the 2000s, in 2004, Keller Williams had over 30,000 agents nationwide. In 2007 Keller Williams opened their luxury division, and in 2008, its commercial division.  

By 2010 Keller Williams had over 77,000 agents and became the 2nd largest brokerage. And in 2012, Keller Williams went international, launching in Vietnam. That same year it opened offices in Germany, Austria, and the United Kingdom.

Today Keller Williams has just over 160,000 agents and accounts for around 10% of all homes sold in North America.

eXp Realty

eXp Realty, on the other hand, was founded in 2009 by a former KW team leader, Glenn Sanford. Glenn was a high-producing team leader, doing over $80 million in volume through multiple expansion teams across the country. However, when the market turned in the housing collapse of 2008, Glenn was stuck with a ton of overhead. It nearly caused him to go out of business.  

Rather than give up, Glenn decided to create a new real estate brokerage. This real estate brokerage would not depend on brick-and-mortar offices. Instead, it would support agents nationwide via a cloud office. This brokerage was eXp Realty. The office would become eXp World.

Taking a page from Keller Williams, Glenn realized how important profit-sharing was to Keller Williams’ massive growth. Glenn created eXp Realty “Revenue sharing.” There are some significant differences here that we will get into later on in the article.  

In addition to eXp Realty’s revenue share, Glenn took eXp Realty public in 2013 and created the agent-equity program where agents could earn publicly traded stock in the company for their sales production and attraction efforts.  

A small plant growing out of cement

In 2015, the company was growing steadily but was still under 1,000 agents nationwide. That was until, in late 2015, eXp Realty attracted a couple of high-profile former Keller Williams agents, Gene Frederick and Rob Flick. Gene owned over 6 Keller Williams market centers, and Rob was one of Keller Williams’ top profit share earners of all time.

From 2016 to 2019, eXp Realty increased its agent count from 1,000 to over 20,000 agents and expanded its footprint to all 50 US states and nearly all of Canada. It is the 2nd largest independent real estate brokerage as ranked by The Real Trends 500.  

eXp Realty vs. Keller Williams Business Model

These two companies, although different in many ways have a similar philosophy in that they put the real estate agent’s needs first.  

Keller Williams focuses on training and education, although they are increasing their stake to become a technology company. Keller Williams offers agents programs like Command for CRM and Kelle, a voice-activated AI personal assistant.  

eXp Realty also focuses on training for agents, offering them over 50 hours of live training weekly in its cloud office and even more on-demand. Also, eXp Realty gives all agents first-class websites and CRM through kvCORE, a third-party tool usually costing agents thousands per year.

In addition to the support options for agents, both companies offer agents additional income opportunities. As mentioned, Keller Williams provides profit-sharing to its agents; eXp Realty provides revenue-sharing.  

A photo of different stocks

Additionally, eXp Realty offers agents stock for their production and attraction efforts. Keller Williams is privately held and does not provide stock ownership to its agents.

Keller Williams is a franchise model. It breaks up countries into regions, which sell franchises or “Market-centers” to individuals looking to open an office.

eXp Realty, on the other hand, is one independent brokerage with no territories, regions, or franchise locations. Agents and brokers can expand their business or attract agents from any area regardless of borders.  Also, agents only pay one cap even if they hold licenses in multiple states.

Revenue Share vs. Profit Share

One of the most discussed benefits of these two companies is the companies offering residual income to agents that help grow the company. Keller Williams provides Profit Share, and eXp Realty provides Revenue Share.  To compare eXp Realty vs. Keller Williams, agents need to understand the difference between the two.

How It Works  

At the fundamental level, revenue and profit share work like this. When an agent “Sponsors” another agent to their respective company, that agent is rewarded with a percentage of that new agent’s commission in perpetuity.  

With Keller Williams, this percentage is based on the profit, AFTER overhead expenses, from the market center that the agent belongs.  

With eXp Realty, the percentage is based on revenue BEFORE expenses. Revenue share is a fixed percentage determined by multiplying the gross commission income times that level’s percentage amount.


Both companies have a seven-level model. This means you earn this share percentage of the agents you sponsor and that of the agents they sponsor down seven levels total. Each level offers a different amount.  

With Keller Williams, when an agent leaves that in your seven levels, all agents under that agent move up a level. With eXp Realty, when an agent leaves, that position becomes a company spot, and all levels remain the same.

The Big Picture

Agents that have earned millions of dollars of Keller Williams profit share and now earn similar amounts of eXp Realty revenue share state the following. With the same number of agents in their organizations at eXp Realty and Keller Williams, they make between 6 to 10 times more at eXp Realty every month because of the difference between revenue-sharing (before expenses) and profit-sharing (after expenses).

For a detailed explanation, check out my post about eXp Realty Revenue Share.

Transactional and Monthly Fees

When you compare the compensation plans of eXp Realty vs. Keller Williams, you’ll notice they have a similar structure. But one company’s plan is much lower overall.

Dollar bills and coins spread around a table

There is one thing to point out about each company’s compensation plan before going into specific details. At Keller Williams, each market center is individually-owned. Therefore, compensation plans can vary from one office to another, especially in different states. At eXp Realty, all agents are on the same split regardless of state, length of the business, or production levels.

Transactional Fees

The majority of Keller Williams offices from agents I have spoken to state the typical split is 70/30 with an $18,000 cap annually.  However, this can range from $9,000 to $42,000 depending on location and market center. Additionally, agents typically pay a 6% per transaction royalty fee that goes to Keller Williams corporate and caps at $3,000 annually. There is an E&O fee on every transaction that does not cap.  Depending on the market center, it can range from around $40-75.  

Here are a couple of quick examples:

$10,000 Commission at Keller Williams

  • Keller Williams keeps $3,675
  • The agent keeps $6,325

At eXp Realty, the commission is a fixed 80/20 split with a $16,000 cap across the board. Additionally, agents pay a $25 broker review fee and a $40 risk management fee on each transaction. The $40 risk management fee goes away after 12.5 transactions ($500) per year.  

$10,000 Commission at eXp Realty

  • eXp Realty keeps $2,065
  • The agent keeps $7,935

Monthly Fees

In most market centers, the monthly fees at Keller Williams are around $60-80 per month. eXp Realty’s monthly fees are $85 per month in the US and $139 in Canada.  

New Agents at eXp Realty vs. Keller Williams

If you’re a new agent considering either Keller Williams vs. eXp Realty, you’ll want to consider the following.  New agents at both real estate brokerages will typically come on with a different commission split and be offered unique training opportunities specific to new agents.

Mentorship Split

Keller Williams

Most new agents at Keller Williams are set up on a 60/40 split for their first $1 million sales volume. Again, this can change for each market center at Keller Williams because they are all independently owned. However, from the agents I spoke with, this seemed to be a common theme. Do note the 6% royalty is on top of this split, so it’s closer to 54/46 initially. 

During this initial launch phase, agents are provided additional training and resources from the market center. Therefore the increased split is warranted.

Once the agents complete their first $1 million in sales volume, they move over to the commission structure we discussed earlier.

eXp Realty eXpand Mentor Program

At eXp Realty, the eXpand Mentor program is set up to support agents who have not sold three or more transactions in the last 12 months.

The eXpand Mentor program assigns a LOCAL mentor to the agent. Most of the time, this means having someone in your exact market or within around 50 miles of you.

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The mentor is certified based on their production, a certification class, and the mentor’s willingness to join the mentor program. They are responsible for helping to guide you through those first few transactions and completing the additional eXpand Mentor classes.  

Mentees are on a 60/40 split for their first three closed transactions, returning to the standard 80/20 split after graduating from the mentor program.

Training at eXp Realty vs. Keller Williams

Keller Williams

Keller Williams has long been hailed as the real estate industries leading training brokerage. In 2004 it created the Millionaire Real Estate Agent (MREA) book. This book has become a “Bible” for real estate agents. Since then, Keller Williams has created various training classes like Ignite and Maps Coaching, including BOLD.  

Ignite training is set up to launch agents in their first 90 days. The local market center typically teaches this class at predetermined times throughout the year. It is primarily a Keller Williams agent class but depending on the market center’s team leader; other brokerage agents have been allowed to join. 

A group of students in a classroom

Maps Coaching is additional training; coaching agents can sign up to help them take their business to the next level. This coaching typically comes at an additional cost to the agent. Maps Coaching currently offers five different types of coaching: Mastery, OnDemand, BOLD, Breakthrough, and Group. BOLD is one of the most common MAPS coaching groups.  

BOLD’s design helps real estate agents get over one of the hardest hurdles: prospecting. This class is for both new and seasoned agents. It will provide group accountability, scripts, training, and resources to increase your prospecting as an agent.

eXp Realty

As the more modern real estate brokerage on the scene, eXp Realty’s training is continuously growing and evolving. eXp Realty hosts most of its training inside its cloud office, eXp World. Today, agents can attend nearly 50 hours of live training every week from their homes.  

eXp Realty’s corporate trainers, top-producing agents, and team leaders from around the country lead eXp Realty’s weekly training. Some training occurs consistently every week, while others are one-time training that focuses on a particular topic.

eXp posts a schedule every Sunday evening with the full lineup of training for the week. Agents can mark their calendars and plan to attend via their computer live in eXp World or listen in on the go via the eXp World mobile application.    

Teams at eXp Realty vs. Keller Williams

One of the next most common questions asked when agents compare eXp Realty vs. Keller Williams is how teams compare. The answer depends on a couple of factors discussed below.

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Keller Williams

There are different team fees at Keller Williams, depending on when you joined the brokerage.  

Some grandfathered Keller Williams team leaders have a structure where additional team agents do not add to their cap.

Today most new agents and team leaders pay their $18,000 cap plus each team agent adds $4,500 to the team leaders cap.

All of the team’s production goes towards paying the team cap at 70/30.  

Once the team reaches the cap, it earns 100% of the gross commission income for the remainder of the year.  

The team leader can set whatever split they wish with their agents before and after capping.

eXp Realty

At eXp Realty, there are three spelled-out team models and a separate team for married couples called the “Domestic Team.” I’ll detail each below:

Self-organized Team

Team agents are eligible for the ICON stock award and all other eXp stock awards and revenue share programs.

The team leader does not need to meet previous production benchmarks for this type of team.

Set up a referral relationship with agents. All team agents have their own $16,000 cap (as does the team leader). Agreed-upon deals are split with the team leader first, then eXp second.

Example: $10,000 commission on a 50/50 split to team leader. $5,000 to the team leader and $5,000 to the agent. Then 80/20 to eXp Realty. $4,000 to the team leader and $4,000 to the agent. If the team leader or agent were already capped, that person would earn 100% of their commission. In this example, $1,000 would go to the team agents’ $16,000 cap.

Standard Team

Team agents are on a ½ cap ($8,000). This $8,000 does not add to the team leader’s $16,000 cap. A minimum of 25% of EVERY team agent’s deals, written in that team agent’s name, has to be split to the team leader.

Team agents are not eligible for the ICON stock award but can earn eXp Realty stock and revenue share.

The team leader must have closed a minimum of $6 million or 30 transactions in the previous 12 months.

Agreed-upon deals are split with the team leader first, then eXp second.

Example: $10,000 commission on a 75/25 split to team leader. $2,500 to the team leader and $7,500 to the agent. Then 80/20 to eXp Realty. $2,000 to the team leader and $6,000 to the agent. If either the team leader or agent were capped before the transaction, then that person would earn 100% of their side of the split. In this example, $1,500 would go towards the team agents’ $8,000 yearly cap.    

Mega ICON Team

Same as the Standard team above except for the following:

All team agents are on ¼ caps ($4,000)

The team leader must have closed a minimum of $40 million, 175 transactions, and had ten capping team members in the previous 12 months

Domestic Team

Legally married couples can be considered for an eXp Realty domestic team.

  • $149 one-time join fee.
  • $85 monthly fee cloud brokerage fee.
  • $50 monthly spouse tech fee.
  • One shared commission cap of $16,000
  • Both couples produce toward one cap and can earn one ICON award for the couple.
  • Share one line of revenue share.

Offices at eXp Realty vs. Keller Williams

One of the critical differences between eXp Realty and Keller Williams is having physical brick-and-mortar offices.

Agents at Keller Williams receive access to that market center’s shared workspaces. Additionally, they can purchase private office space at an additional monthly expense. This expense ranges from a few hundred dollars a month to thousands in higher-cost markets.

Most training and support occur within the physical office at Keller Williams, meaning that agents travel to and from the office to take care of business.

At eXp Realty, there are no physical brick-and-mortar offices. Agents receive Regus memberships where they can access the shared workspaces in over 3000 locations, 900 cities, and 120 countries.  

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Additionally, eXp agents can purchase private offices from Regus at a reduced rate due to this membership already provided by eXp Realty. Private offices depend on the market and the size of office preferred and range from around $500/month to a couple thousand a month.

Alternatively, agents can rent private offices from Regus for around $30-50 per hour to meet clients or work privately. Many eXp agents also take advantage of lenders, title companies, and local coffee shops for office space.

At eXp Realty, training and support take place in eXp Realty’s virtual office, eXp World. Over 500 eXp staff members are available to agents 11 hours a day in real-time from the convenience of the agent’s own home or wherever they are with an internet connection. 

Retirement Plan (Stock Purchase Program)

The thought of retiring as a real estate agent is most often just that, a thought. When you ask most agents and brokers what their exit strategy is from real estate, you’ll either get a dream or a goal but not a plan.

eXp Realty is publicly traded on the NASDAQ stock exchange and offers agents and brokers equity ownership in the company for production and attraction milestones. Over time, agents acquire more and more ownership and start to build a portfolio of EXPI stock that can later be sold and used for several things, including retirement.

Two blue chairs on a beach

For example, I’ve been an agent at eXp Realty for over two years (as of July 2019). In that time, I acquired over 10,000 shares of EXPI stock for my production and attraction efforts. I sell roughly 50 homes annually ($15 million volume) and have been an ICON agent at eXp Realty both years I’ve been here.  

ICON Program

Agents that cap ($80,000 gross commission income) and pay an additional $5,000 in capped transaction fees (20 transactions at $250/transaction) each year are eligible to become ICON agents.  

Here at eXp Realty in San Antonio, Texas, roughly 32 transactions per year. My average commission is around $7,000. So it takes 12 transactions to cap, then 20 to become an ICON.  

As an ICON agent, eXp Realty gives back the $16,000 you paid for your cap in the form of EXPI stock at its current price.  

Culture & Community

I believe that to understand a company’s culture and to be able to compare that of eXp Realty vs. Keller Williams; you need to have experienced them firsthand. I have only been a part of the eXp Realty culture, so I can mainly speak of this experience. However, I will share my outsider’s perspective of what I know to be true of the current Keller Williams agents I know.

eXp Realty

One unique element that shapes the culture of eXp Realty is the commitment to “One for all, and all for one.” Because eXp Realty is a publicly held company and most agents own a stake, the collaboration among fellow agents is unlike any other real estate brokerage. eXp agents know that the better the company does, the better the share price will be, and their financial interests will increase. This shared interest leads to eXp Realty’s top agents, ICON agents, giving back in the form of training and helping the newer agents succeed.  

eXp Realty holds two signature events yearly, EXPCON and the Shareholder Summit. Thousands of agents and staff, and leadership come together to attend these events. In the general sessions, agents receive training, networking opportunities, and upcoming news about the company.

Keller Williams

A sense of family is one of Keller Williams’ key cultural aspects. Keller Williams agents create long-lasting relationships with fellow agents within the company that transpires business alone.

Because the financial incentive isn’t as straightforward as eXp Realty’s stock award program, creating a culture where agents look out for one another is challenging. Gary Keller has done an excellent job of incentivizing the right agents to help lead their collective groups within Keller Williams.  Most agents at Keller Williams are happy to be there and love the brand and leadership, even though the financial benefits are slightly limited.  

Keller Williams holds two major events each year – MegaCamp and Family Reunion. These are massive events with tens of thousands of agents in attendance. Like eXp Realty, they host training sessions, breakout sessions, talk about upcoming changes with the brokerage, and much more.  


In conclusion, eXp Realty and Keller Williams are fantastic real estate brokerages. I believe the similarities between the two companies outweigh the differences.  

For most agents, the decision to go with eXp Realty vs. Keller Williams typically comes down to these few questions: 

Do I need a physical office, and am I willing to pay a little more for it?  

If so, then Keller Williams is likely your choice. If you like the idea of virtual and getting access to support and training via your computer, eXp Realty’s probably your pick.

Do I prefer the more stable established brand of Keller Williams? Or do I want to pursue an opportunity and get in on the ground floor with the rising newcomer, eXp Realty?

If building multiple streams of income (Commissions, Stock, Revenue Share) is appealing to you, then the opportunity lies with eXp Realty. If those elements aren’t as exciting and you prefer a stable brokerage with an excellent reputation, Keller Williams may be for you.

Financially, does the cost of doing business at either one of these brokerages stand out to you?

eXp Realty is a $16,000 cap annually. Whereas at Keller Williams, you will likely pay around $21,000 ($18,000 cap plus $3,000 royalty).

If you are only doing a few deals a year, how does paying 64/36 vs. 80/20 affect your business?

If you were an ICON agent at eXp Realty (roughly 30-35 transactions per year in most markets), how do you feel about receiving your total cap of $16,000 back to you each year in the form of EXPI stock? Compare that with doing the same production at Keller Williams and not having that opportunity.

What I Ultimately Decided

Me, I planted my flag at eXp Realty in July 2017. Since then, I have sold between 40-50 homes per year and become an ICON agent three times. I’ve acquired just over 26,000 shares of EXPI stock and built a revenue share organization of over 460 agents (as of May 2021). 

My monthly revenue share pays all of my living expenses; the commissions I earn are play money and savings.  eXp Realty has helped me to build a fantastic, free lifestyle as a real estate agent.  I truly couldn’t be happier with my decision to build my business here.

To learn more about eXp, Keller Williams, and other companies, read this post on the best real estate companies to work for.

Kyle Handy

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  1. I would like to go to a large annual meeting of agents. When is the next one? I would love to meet you there.
    Aloha Steve Bond

  2. Do you have to join a team? If not, you’ll just pay the higher split for the first three deals then remain at 80/20 as an independent agent?

    I’m not sure I see the value in joining a team. Does everyone you recruit automatically become a member of your standard team?

    Let’s look at this at little closer pre-cap:


    $10,000 Commision
    50/50 split with Team Leader
    = $5,000 for the agent before
    20% to eXp
    = $4,000 TOTAL

    40% of the total commission to the agent. Yikes


    $10,000 commission
    75/25 split with team leader
    = $7,500 to the agent before
    20% to eXp
    = $6,000 total

    60% of total commission to the agent. A little better and closer to standard brokerage but begs the question as to why an agent would join a Team Leader under a self-organized model instead of the Standard / Mega team model.

    I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. I’m considering eXp but if it’s not actually an 80/20 split and you have to give up an additional 25% to a “team leader” then I may prefer to go with a 70/30 split being offered a more traditional brokerage with comparable fees. The extra 10%, the virtual network and the possibility of recruiting are appealing but not if I will not actually see 80/20 and also not if the folks I recruit will never see it either.

    1. Hey J,
      Thank you for your comment! Great questions.
      You do NOT need to join a team when joining eXp. If you have less than 3 deals in the last 12 months and come in on the mentor program, you’ll pay 60/40 for the first 3 deals then go to your normal 80/20.
      Those who you recruit do NOT automatically go on your “sales team”. They are simply part of your revenue share organization.
      Your example for a 50/50 team is correct. IF you join a team, and IF the team leader charges a 50/50 split.
      Most team leaders I know that move to eXp, including myself adjust splits because of this fact.
      I used to charge 50/50 for team agents at my brokerage. At eXp, I moved them to 60/40. That puts the agents split near where they were previously.
      As a team leader, if I sponsored the agent into eXp, I earn revenue share from their transactions in addition to the split. Revenue share helps to recoup the lower split from the team leaders’ perspective.
      The self-organized 50/50 split was just an example. Self-organized team leaders can charge whatever split they wish for whatever deals they want.
      Additionally, 75/25 was just an example of standard/mega teams. This is the minimum split a team leader can charge when operating under this form of a team.
      I’d be happy to jump on a call or Zoom with you. Head over to my partner page and fill out the form. https://go.kylehandy.com/partner/

  3. Hey Kyle, I’m looking at joining an EXP team as a “new” agent. I think having a little more opportunity to learn than just from the mentor program over the first couple of years will assist me in the long run, the question I have is how easy is it to become independent, or start your own team after joining a team in EXP, as EXP is the broker and not the team you are on. Also curious your opinion on just taking advantage of the mentor program and not the team model. Thanks for any advice.

  4. I’m curious to know which brokerage offers the most help towards a new agent. I understand it depends on how an individual learns best, however, it would be interesting to know many of EXP’s newcomers are experienced agents and new agents. It almost seems as if agents get their training elsewhere and then transition to the brokerage that offers more benefits to top producers. Just my pov, please feel free to correct me or drop some knowledge!

    1. Also, how has online training helped you? Does being in the building help you to get questions answered better? How was your working environment affected your performance?

      1. I find it much better to have a broker onsite and agents that can answer questions and help you immediately, even allow you to shadow you. Also, in person training is much more helpful. As we have learned in this zoom world of late, we get tired of the virtual and enjoy fellowship.

    2. Did you end up going with EXP as a new agenr afterall? I literally had the same thoughts


  5. Hey Kyle,

    Thanks for all the great information. When joining eXp would it be best to join under a sponsor from your current state or would you say, that really does not matter.

    1. Great question, Sharon. I wouldn't go as far as to say location doesn't matter. Everything matters when deciding who to name as your sponsor. That said, I wouldn't rank location over experience of your chosen sponsor. In my opinion, having a zoom call with an experienced agent who can help you grow your real estate business is more important than meeting up locally with an agent who can't contribute much. Just my 2 cents! Let me know if I can help further with your decision.

  6. Thank you for the information. I'm debating on switching over to EXP. I currently work under KW, but I really like this model. Do agents handle all their own listings for the MLS – can they change them without going through an administration? I'm not a huge producer, more middle of the road – 24 listings, and 12 buyers in the past 24 months. I do not enjoy the new KW Command, as it seems like I'm duplicating things. Also, when I have changes to listings, it all has to go through them, except for pictures. I mostly work out of my own home anyway, so I feel this would be a great change for me. I was a Realtor from 1999-2005, and then left the business to teach. I'm now back in since September of 2018. Picked it right back up!

    1. Hey Dawn! Thanks for the comment. At eXp we are responsible for inputting our own listings into the MLS. There is nothing that needs to go through eXp to make a change to the listing on the MLS other than an amendment to the listing agreement if we are lowering the price to below what the seller agreed on the original listing agreement. Based on your comment, I’d venture to say you’d enjoy it here at eXp. kvCORE is amazing and so too is the compensation plan. I’d say you’re certainly an above average agent with that production level. You’ll save more on fees and split as well.

  7. Good article, but definitely biased in writing. A few misconceptions about Keller Williams, but I do live in a rural area.

    It’s really a question of value. If you make it about money, anyone can come in and offer a different split and they’ll leave.

  8. if I choose not to go with a team and just independent do I have the same access to the crm as if I was on a team?

  9. I'm a Sales agent and looking to hang my license. I like what you wrote about Exp!

    I have a friend who wants to sell multi unit bldg in Sherman Oaks.

    Can Exp do better than a 60/40 split?

  10. I have a business in Michigan with Kw. One year ago I moved to Utah and continued to only work on the Michigan business. I have one agent in Michigan as "boots on the ground" and all the deals there are with past clients, referrals or calls I make to get a listing. I pay my agent in Michigan 25% on all deals closed there. I pay all business expenses accept her $3000 royalty fee and her MLS renewal fee. Now I want to do business in Utah also. I would have to cap in both market centers. That means $38,000 to Keller Williams. So I looked into ExP. They will do $16,000 cap for me and 1/2 cap for my agent in Michigan. I am quite certain I can cap in both states. Right now I do about 12 M in Michigan and I expect to do about 12 M in Utah. I can refer all my Utah clients to myself through Kw Michigan for $550 a transaction. Please let me know your thoughts. I have a few agents under me at Kw in the profit sharing and it equals about $1200 a year extra income. What would you do?

  11. We have been with Coldwell banker gor 18 years and century 21 10 years. Your article was very helpful. Beings we have moved and are trying to decide to stay the course with Coldwell banker or chart a new one. I think we will chart a new one with exp. Thank you

  12. You don't talk about profit share at Keller Williams. This program offers passive income for life and two future generations. By referring agents to join Keller Williams you get a share in the market centers profits. If you sponsor in 20 agents, potentially in 10 years you could receive $150,000 every year for the rest of your life, when you die you leave it to a beneficiary, when they die they can will it to someone as well.

    This alone blows the doors of any company in America… period!

    Reach out to me if you want to know more.

    1. James, I have an entire paragraph comparing KW profit share to eXp revenue share. I agree that profit share is better than nothing but compared to revenue share (off the top, before expenses), it’s typically not as lucrative based on all the KW agents I’ve spoken with over the years. 20 agents and $150k every year is a stretch. I have a KW agent that’s on my team that had approximately 30 agents after 10 years at KW and made around $6,000 total last year in profit share. Again, not bad. It’s better than nothing. But when I had around 30 agents in my group at eXp early on, I earned around $25k at that level for the year.

        1. All brokerages are changing. Personally, I think when a company stops making changes they are in trouble. What specific changes are you talking about? The core direction and financials have stayed the same at eXp since I joined over four years ago.

  13. Just a note of correction, It is $15,000 for cap with additional $3,000 for a total of $18,000. It is not $18,000 plus and additional $3,000

    Also, as of this year my local KW market center offers either 80/20 or 70/30 commision split. When I began it was 70/30 (cap at 15k) with the additional 6% (cap at 3k)

    Great write-up. Appreciate it.

  14. Keller Williams profit share can be willed to their dependents. What happens to the ExP profit share when you die?

  15. I work for eXp Realty in onboarding and just wanted to mention for a Domestic Team, it is an $85 monthly fee for primary AND a $50 fee for secondary. One shared cap, all the rest is correct 🙂

    1. Great comparison! I just finished studying to get my license and now studying to take the state test. I was wondering what the difference is between the two and this helped me. Definitely leaning towards joining my mentor with eXp.

      1. Hey there, congrats on your progress so far! Thrilled to hear that my comparison was useful for you. eXp is indeed a solid choice, especially if you’ve got a mentor already there to guide you. Remember, the key is to find what works best for you. Good luck with your state test! 🍀📚🎉

  16. Hello, I’m a new agent. My question is if I join a team in EXP, what would be the split?
    Thank you have a great day.

    1. Hi Sarabjit. It depends on the team you join. The team split will be enforced first then the eXp Realty split of 80/20. I’ve typically seen teams splits between around 50/50 to 70/30. Hope that helps!

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