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Changing brokerage firms can be a complicated decision, but it doesn't have to be. What if we told you there is another solution in the South Florida marketplace that allows agents the opportunity to earn one of the highest splits in the market all while still being afforded access to all the top tools and resources in the industry?
Whether you are considering joining a national brand or local boutique, or even starting your own boutique, Lee & Associates provides an even better solution to drive your success even further.
What Makes Lee Special?
One of the hallmarks and unique benefits of the Lee & Associates National Platform is the ability for top producing Agents to have vertical growth opportunities and earn their way to becoming Principals in the firm through their individual performance. This means Lee Principal Agents can qualify to earn Profit Share each year and earn up to 80%-85% effective splits at year end!
EARN UP TO 80%-85% SPLITS WITH PRINCIPAL PROFIT SHARE
TOP PERFORMERS CAN ACHIEVE PRINCIPAL & PROFIT SHARE, EARNING UP TO 80%-85% EFFECTIVE SPLITS EACH YEAR!
Lee & Associates is the largest agent-owned commercial real estate firm in North America. Our unique structure provides Top Performers the opportunity to achieve Principal title and earn profit share allowing them to earn as much as 60% more than other leading national firms resulting in effective splits as high as 80%-85%. Principals are also able to invest into other Lee offices that provide returns of 20% and higher, in addition to other passive income opportunities exclusive only to participating Lee & Associates agents.
The Lee model is a revolutionary “agent first” model that has proven successful with continuous, debt free, sustainable growth over the past 41 years. Our powerful national network of top professionals allowed Lee & Associates to close $32.4 Billion in transaction volume in 2021! Lee attracts seasoned, knowledgeable brokers who are able to provide clients with best-in-market expertise and service. This accounts for why 1 out of every 7 Lee Brokers is an SIOR and even more are CCIM. It is no small feat that over 650 of our agents are Principal shareholders, and this fact shines throughout our platform with the most collaborative and positive culture you will find among National CRE Brokerage Firms.
As our founder Bill Lee fondly states, “It was so easy coming up with the concept of sharing the wealth. It was like math. It just made sense… doing something the right way for the greatest amount of people.”
Our structure makes our culture unique and attracts like-minded entrepreneurs who leverage their expertise to spur innovation and help Lee & Associates sustain a competitive advantage. As shareholders of the company this separates us from our competition and creates one common goal; to provide seamless, consistent execution and value driven market-to-market services to our clients.
INBOUND LEADS FROM THE NATIONAL NETWORK
Due to our unique entrepreneurial structure, Lee has one of the strongest collaborative cultures in the industry.
Lee & Associates Agents experience more inbound leads from the network and more flexibility to operate cross-market to better service your clients without the typical corporate red-tape other Agents may be limited by at other competing National firms. And with local offices in both Miami and North Broward just 1 stop light off major highway systems, Lee Agents can easily cultivate and service clients throughout the entire South Florida region to the highest level.
FULL MARKETING & PR SUPPORT
Our dedicated, full-time marketing staff is always available to assist our team with their marketing initiatives, and are experienced with Adobe C-Suite graphic design, video editing, email marketing, and executing commercial real estate digital advertising and campaign strategies. From designing custom supporting documents for your prospecting efforts, preparing listing proposal packages to help you win over new clients, and managing your listing marketing exposure and campaigns, our team is prepared to help you save time so you can focus on what's most important to you - servicing your clients and building new relationships to drive business.
In addition to our marketing team, we have a strong PR authority to leverage your deal activity and the Lee & Associates national brand reputation for excellent traction with local and national media exposure, as well as provide opportunities to share your market expertise with journalists and publications seeking insights into your industry specialty.
INSTITUTIONAL, CORPORATE & INVESTMENT CLIENTS
Every Lee & Associates office delivers world-class service to an array of regional, national, and international clients - from small businesses and local investors to major corporate users and institutional investors. Our powerful national network has allowed Lee & Associates to close $32.4 Billion in transaction volume in 2021!
During our 40-year tenure, our professionals have represented every kind of client and investor, including corporate services, developers, private investors, REITs, institutional firms, and private equity funds.
43 YEARS AS A TOP 10 NATIONAL BRAND
In 1979, Bill Lee’s vision became reality when he opened the first office of Lee & Associates in Orange County, California. Every Lee office is owned and operated by the real estate professionals, all of whom benefit from the sharing of real-time market intelligence that is vital to the delivery of superior commercial real estate services and enabling Lee & Associates to close $32.4 Billion in transaction volume in 2021!
Unlike other national firms that employ a traditional top-down approach to decision making, at Lee & Associates, we believe it's our brokers and principals in each independently-owned office who know best what their office and clients need. Each office is represented by its own President, who makes recommendations to our Board of Directors and Advisory Board. The Boards then works hand-in-hand with the CEO and corporate team to initiate, execute, and maintain policies that best serve the company and our clients. This unique service platform has attracted some of the most experienced and talented real estate professionals in the industry, all of whom share Bill’s original vision of superior service through teamwork.
Now after over 40 years in the industry, Lee & Associates is the largest firm of its kind in North America. The company’s reach extends across the United States and Canada, and throughout Europe with our strategic alliance with Gerald Eve.
RETIRE EARLY WITH EXCLUSIVE INVESTMENT AND PASSIVE INCOME
Lee & Associates offers agents the opportunity to participate in exclusive investment opportunities from property ownership and Lee equity funds, to investing in new Lee offices for guaranteed returns.
For example, agents grossing $500k annually can compound an average 10% annual return into an additional $3-$4 million over 10 years by reinvesting and participating in Lee & Associates exclusive passive income opportunities!
As with the Lee model, the Associates Equity Funds (AEF) is primarily focused on creating wealth for the Lee agents and selected other participants as the collective owners of the fund. This exclusive, all Lee-funded group was created to leverage local expertise with Lee & Associates nationwide reach in order to build world-class investment funds of real estate holdings targeted for the potential to outperform the market in terms of returns and appreciation. New funds are proposed and opened throughout the year for opportunities priced from $5 million to $25 million in value.
In addition to AEF, Lee & Associates Principals also have the opportunity to invest into other Lee offices through venture capital investment guaranteeing a strong return on investment.
"The Associates Equity Fund presents a wonderful resource for both junior and senior level Lee & Associates team members to access and participate in value-driven investments with leveraging across their respective markets throughout the United States and Canada. Having come from a national brokerage firm prior to starting-up the Lee office in Pennsylvania, it's extraordinary to see yet another major competitive distinction separating Lee & Associates from the national herd of service providers. I am personally excited about how AEF will provide an alternative solution to our clients for non-institutional assets while providing a different tool for our team and new brokers considering joining our expanding office. Where else can a broker join an established platform with the potential to take part in a real estate portfolio with passive income of their own?" - Brian Knowles, CCIM, SIOR | Principal Lee & Associates of Eastern Pennsylvania LLC
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & TRAINING
Our core values, coupled with our professional’s expertise and knowledge, have always been the foundation of our success. To ensure that our clients always receive the highest level of expertise and service, we believe that continued education and training are key.
Lee & Associates is home to the 5th largest number of Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) members in the world and is ranked in the top 10 Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designee companies in North America.
In addition to our local training programs and vast coaching and training library, Lee & Associates hosts several local and national training exercises, workshops and specialty calls throughout each year focusing on continued education for our professionals.
Our annual Lee Summit conference held in Las Vegas offers asset specific breakout sessions and Lee University expert panels and training exercises, and Lee & Associates also hosts both local and national online and in-person small group training sessions throughout each year focusing on continued education for our brokerage professionals, integrated services, marketing, IT, and administrative professionals. Brokerage training topics may cover the many varying industry specialty focuses and areas of interest including property specialization market updates as well as leveraging the latest technologies and platforms to improve prospecting, business planning, client relationship management, pipeline tracking, and strategies for attracting and closing more deals to achieve the greatest level of success.
The success of the team depends on the success of each individual, and the success of each individual depends on the success of the team!
COME FOR THE DEALS, STAY FOR THE CULTURE!
Our structure makes our culture unique and attracts like-minded entrepreneurs who leverage their expertise to spur innovation and help Lee & Associates sustain a competitive advantage. As shareholders, this separates us from our competition and creates one common goal; to provide seamless, consistent execution and value driven market-to-market services to our clients.
"I don't want to come across holier than thou, but our company is about more than making money. We've created a really special structure where the people who are successful within the structure retain the lion's share of what they make, which allows them to go into the market and capitalize on the market that they know well to gain and build wealth. Not only do I not have an interest in selling the organization or parts of the organization, but that same feeling permeates the organization and all the principals within it." - Bill Lee
PHILANTHROPY + COMPASSIONATELEE
Lee & Associates is passionate about supporting our team members and our communities through both local and global initiatives.
Lee & Associates' 501C-3 charitable organization, CompassionateLEE, was founded in 2019 and is focused on bringing people together to assist our Lee family members and others in our communities in times of crisis. Our goal is to provide the members of our organization with an opportunity to focus on helping others by extending a hand of support in our local communities during an emergency or wherever we see a chance that someone may need our help. We also raise money through Lee Offices fundraising events, and money raised goes towards offering support when emergencies arise and to other worthy causes outside of our own organization to do our part to make the world a better place.
Lee & Associates is proud to announce that we have been named as the Gold Award Winner in ‘Best Corporate Social Responsibility Program’ for CompassionateLEE in the Commercial Property Executive 2020 Distinguished Achievement Awards.
Watch the Interview on "Fried on Business"
Lee & Associates South Florida President, Matthew Rotolante, SIOR, CCIM, interviews with Miami Radio Podcast "Fried on Business" host, Jim Fried. Matt share's how Lee Agents benefit and are earning more than their competition through Lee & Associates' very unique structure and value proposition.
What Makes Lee Special? Setting a New Dynamic in the South Florida Marketplace
Matt introduces Lee & Associates to the brokerage community in the South Florida market, offering a very unique value proposition for commercial real estate agents in South Florida and setting a new dynamic in the marketplace.
Partnering With Our Agents, Lee's Shareholders, Top 10 National Firm with Local Flexibility
Matt discusses Lee's unique structure where the Shareholders of Lee & Associates are actually the agents themselves, offering a high level of resources and the cross market deal sharing of a Top 10 National Brand, while still affording the flexibility of operating locally to the highest levels.
Increase Personal Net Worth, Principal Profit Share, Exclusive Passive Income for Lee Agents
Matt discusses the enormous increase in personal net worth of agents from joining Lee & Associates. Top Performers are provided the opportunity to achieve Principal title, and earn PROFIT SHARE allowing them to earn as much as 60% more than their competition resulting in effective splits as high as 80%-85%! Even while receiving the full resources and benefits of a Top 10 National Brand and Platform.
Benefits of Joining Lee - The Advantages Over Boutique and Other National Operations
Matt highlights the various benefits of joining Lee & Associates, the rewarding structure and culture throughout the Lee Network, and how Lee Agents have found an incredible earnings advantage over joining or starting their own boutique, or joining another competing National Brand.
Leveraging the National Network, Cross-Market Collaboration, and Highly Supportive Culture
Matt shares examples of the highly collaborative culture within the Lee & Associates National Network, where brokers from various markets often work together to share ideas, information, and deal opportunities. The Lee Platform hosts a variety of networking events including the annual Lee Summit in Las Vegas each year as well as several monthly Specialty Group calls to foster interoffice relationships and cross-market collaboration.
Inbound Leads and Local Cooperation - Less Corporate Bureaucracy & More Flexibility Locally
Matt divulges more about the entrepreneurial structure at Lee & Associates, enabling more cross-market deal-making and lead sharing without the typical corporate red-tape other Agents may be limited by at competing National firms. And with local offices in both Miami and North Broward just 1 stop light off major highway systems, Lee Agents can easily cultivate and service clients throughout the entire South Florida region to the highest level.
Contact for More Information, Training Opportunities, and CompassionateLee
Matthew shares how to get in touch with him to learn more about opportunities at Lee & Associates, and training offered. Matt also touches briefly on Lee & Associates very own 501C-3 Non-Profit Organization, "CompassionateLEE", something that evolved naturally from Lee's incredibly positive culture as a way for Lee professionals across the Lee & Associates platform to collaborate and contribute to both local and global philanthropic initiatives.
Miami Radio Podcast "Fried on Business" Interviews Matthew Rotolante, Lee & Associates
Lee & Associates South Florida President, Matthew Rotolante, SIOR, CCIM, sits down with Miami Radio Podcast "Fried on Business" host, Jim Fried. Matt share's how Lee Agents benefit and are earning more than their competition through Lee & Associates' very unique structure and value proposition.
Bill Lee, Founder, Speaks on Agent Shareholders
Bill Lee, Founder, Speaks on Lee & Associates Structure
Bill Lee, Founder, Speaks on Lee & Associates – “It Was Like Math…”
"Putting together LEE & ASSOCIATES was an obvious conclusion. It was like math, it just made sense. I like being an example and I like that our company is an example for doing something the right way for the greatest amount of people. It’s something to be PROUD OF..."
"The national platform allows for the ability to take any client that you have locally and represent or help them anywhere within the country."
Aleks Trifunovic, SIOR
"It is exciting to be part of a firm that provides hands-on support and guidance in the development and execution of each broker’s business plan. Our office team is seeing tremendous activity in the Brickell, Coral Gables, Dadeland and Doral/Airport West submarkets. It is an ideal time to serve office sector clients."
"I find the Lee Partner Model to be a breath of fresh air. It allows the office to invest in full resources while still rewarding agents with the highest splits they’ll ever see. It’s easy to see why the average Lee office numbers 30-40 people."
Matthew Rotolante, SIOR, CCIM
"I don't want to come across holier than thou, but our company is about more than making money. We've created a really special structure where the people who are successful within the structure retain the lion's share of what they make, which allows them to go into the market and capitalize on the market that they know well to gain and build wealth."
"Lee & Associates has a unique and hands-on structure that enables brokers to develop and execute long-term business plans. That is especially evident with the South Florida office. I am excited to see what we can accomplish together during a time of unprecedented demand for industrial real estate here."
"While many opportunities exist for talented commercial real estate professionals, none offer the opportunity of ownership, entrepreneurialism and the support of a strong national brand like LEE & ASSOCIATES."
Jeff Rinkov, SIOR
"The difference with LEE & ASSOCIATES is that we are the shareholders. As shareholders, we look around our office and those are the people driving the value of our company. It’s a much more collaborative environment."
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Matthew Rotolante, SIOR, CCIM
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