Agent turnover can be a significant challenge for real estate teams and offices, impacting morale, continuity, and ultimately, the bottom line. If you’re noticing a trend of agents leaving your team, it’s crucial to identify the root causes and address them effectively. Here are key reasons why your real estate team might be losing agents and what you can do about it.

1. Lack of Support and Resources

Agents thrive in environments where they have access to the necessary tools, resources, and support to perform their jobs efficiently. A lack of such support can lead to frustration, decreased productivity, and eventually, agents looking for opportunities elsewhere.

Solution: Invest in the latest real estate technology and ensure your team has access to essential resources, including marketing support and administrative assistance. Regularly assess the needs of your agents and adapt your support structure to meet those needs. If you need help identifying the holes and implement a plan to plug them, CoreOps Collective is here for you.

2. Poor Communication

Effective communication is the backbone of any successful real estate team. Lack of clear, consistent communication from leadership about expectations, changes, and feedback can leave agents feeling undervalued and disconnected.

Solution: Establish regular communication channels and routines, such as weekly team meetings or updates, to ensure everyone is on the same page. Encourage open dialogue and feedback to foster a culture of transparency and trust. CoreOps Collective recommends using platforms such as Google Workspace and utilizing their Chat feature or Slack. We do not recommend having employees or agents converse about work-related topics on their personal social media pages (don’t have your organization working on Facebook chats, IYKYK.)

3. Inadequate Training and Development Opportunities

The real estate industry is ever-evolving, and agents who feel they are not growing professionally are more likely to leave. Providing ongoing training and development opportunities is essential for keeping your team competitive and satisfied.

Solution: Offer regular training sessions, workshops, and access to industry conferences. Encourage mentorship within your team and invest in professional development programs that cater to the diverse needs of your agents. CoreOps Community has many training models for your operations team to help build upon.

4. Unrealistic Expectations or Goals

Setting high expectations can motivate your team, but unrealistic goals can have the opposite effect, leading to burnout and dissatisfaction. It’s important to balance ambition with achievable targets.

Solution: Set clear, measurable goals in consultation with your team to ensure they are challenging yet attainable. Celebrate milestones and successes to keep morale high and agents motivated.

5. Lack of Recognition and Rewards

Recognition and rewards are powerful motivators. Failure to acknowledge the hard work and achievements of your agents can result in a lack of engagement and commitment.

Solution: Implement a recognition program that celebrates both small wins and significant achievements. Offer competitive compensation packages and incentives that reflect the value each agent brings to the team.

6. Culture and Fit

A toxic or non-inclusive team culture can drive agents away. It’s crucial that your team’s values align with those of your agents and that you foster a positive, inclusive environment.

Solution: Regularly assess your team’s culture and make necessary adjustments to ensure it’s positive, inclusive, and aligned with your core values. Encourage team-building activities and create a supportive community where everyone feels valued. For an in-depth look at real estate team culture, check out this podcast where CoreOps Collective talks all about it.


Understanding why agents leave your team is the first step toward improving retention and building a stronger, more cohesive unit. By addressing these common issues, you can create an environment where agents feel supported, valued, and motivated to stay and grow with your team. CoreOps Collective is here to support real estate teams with resources, training, and solutions designed to enhance team dynamics and agent satisfaction. Let’s work together to stop the turnover and start building a more stable, successful future.

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