Creating a partnership or team is a big step. According to NAR's 2018 Teams Survey, 26 percent of REALTORS® are members of a partnership or real estate team. Find out the pros and cons, read about real-life examples of teams, learn how teams work together, and discover the best advice on how to avoid problems.


NAR Library & Archives has already done the research for you. References (formerly Field Guides) offer links to articles, eBooks, websites, statistics, and more to provide a comprehensive overview of perspectives. EBSCO articles (E) are available only to NAR members and require the member's nar.realtor login.

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Teams Survey (National Association of REALTORS®, 2018)

Partnership & Team Basics

Your Team SWOT Analysis for 2021 (RISMedia, Jan. 25, 2021)

How Do Real Estate Teams Work? (the balance, Oct. 5, 2019)

The Evolution of Agent Teams (RISMedia, Feb. 4, 2019)

Window to the Law: Team Legal Issues (National Association of REALTORS®, Nov. 1, 2017)

Considering a Partnership or Team?

3 Foolproof Team Models for 2021: Hiring, Splits, Lead Gen + More (The Close, Nov. 3, 2020)

Love or Money? How Real Estate Teams Keep Their Best Agents (Homelight, Feb. 21, 2020)

Don’t Start a Real Estate Team Without Asking Yourself These 8 Questions (Homelight, Jan. 21, 2020)

6 Things to Consider Before You Join a Team (realtor.com®, Aug. 1, 2019)

Real Estate Team: A Guide to Assembling the Ultimate One (Mashvisor, Nov. 5, 2018)

eBooks & Other Resources


The following eBooks and digital audiobooks are available to NAR members:

All Star Sales Teams (Kindle, eBook)

Boomerang! Coach Your Team to Be the Best and See Your Customers Come Back Time After Time! (Kindle, eBook)

Building Better Teams (Kindle, eBook)

Complete Partnership Book (eBook)

Co-Leaders: the Power of Great Partnerships (Audiobook)

Manage Teams Successfully (Kindle, eBook)

Never Fly Solo (Kindle, eBook)

Nice Teams Finish Last (eBook)

Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions of a Team (Kindle, eBook)

Smart Leaders, Smarter Teams (Kindle, eBook)

The Hedgehog Effect (Kindle, eBook)

The I in Team (Audiobook)

The Ideal Team Player (Kindle, eBook)

Virtual Teams (Kindle, eBook)

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