How do I sign up?
You can click on JOIN FIRELIGHT up there on the nav bar. You complete the payment link, and shortly thereafter we'll send you a link to the standard forms (W-9, Independent Contractor Agreement, and Policies & Procedures). We ask that you read and/or complete these three items soon after joining.
My license has been inactive for a while - is that a problem?
No, as long as you've kept up with your continuing education requirement. If on the DBPR website, your license says Current, Inactive - smooth sailing. If it says Involuntary Inactive, you need to check to see what continuing education requirements are missing before we can activate your license. If your license says Current, Active, you're all set too.
I've got a client I'm ready to refer, what do I do?
I've got questions about a potential deal or client, what do I do?
Do you charge your agents a commission?
In most cases, yes, and it's up to 10% of their commission. The agent always keeps at least 90% of every closed transaction. If a Firelight Agent refers a client to a preferred brokerage, we charge zero commission on the referred transaction. Firelight Agents earn 100% on any deal netting $250 or less.
How soon and how do I get paid my commissions?
Sometimes we can arrange for you to be paid directly at closing. If not, you will be paid no later than 3 business days after we receive payment from a cooperating broker - and we pay by Zelle, Direct Deposit, or Paper Check - your choice. To arrange for your earned commission, complete the Earned Commission form on AGENT SERVICES Page on this site. This is a login page for registered Firelight Agents only. Once you sign up, you'll be able to log in.
What if I leave Firelight before a commission I earned is received?
If you have a pending deal that hasn't closed if/when you depart Firelight, you still absolutely get your regular commission as soon as the deal closes and the cooperating brokerage pays us.
Wouldn't I make more money if I were writing deals?
Maybe, it depends on the type of deal. If you are confident you can write several deals a year (buy-side and/or sell-side) then Referral Realty may not be the most lucrative for you. Then again, as a Referral Agent, you have none of the hassles of touring homes, the back-and-forth with listing agents, scheduling showings, open houses, home inspections, appraisals, or the regular interfacing to keep deals together. Also, you're not paying all those annual fees. If you think you'd thrive in a traditional brokerage environment, we do have preferred brokerages - where you'll get excellent splits and tremendous broker support. But you will have to pay Board and MLS fees. We can talk.
How soon will my license be Active with Firelight Realty
Generally within 1 business day (sometimes less) after receiving payment. There are some forms to fill out after you sign up (w9, Independent Contractor, and Policies and Procedures), and we'll send you the link - but your license will be active with Firelight is about that one business day.
If I switch brokerages or just want to cancel my Firelight Membership, do I get any sort of refund?
We do not offer partial refunds. Remember to cancel your Membership before it renews in your My Account Portal HERE. Sorry to see you go, and best of luck. If you want to come back to Firelight and you still have time on your membership (even if you cancel, it's still valid until the 364th day after you signed up), you won't be charged again. Just let us know you want to switch your license back to Firelight. Hey, welcome back.
How do I arrange my payment for an earned commission from a closed transaction?
How do I change or cancel my Membership?
What kind of discounts do you offer?
We sometimes offer promo codes on our Homepage or Join/Manage Page. Aside from that, we do not offer any other individual discounts. If you close a transaction (> $500 commission) during your Membership year, we rebate your Membership cost in full - making it free. Basically, make ONE deal a year and you'll earn a 100% discount. Every year. Does that work?
What is / Do I need Errors and Omissions Insurance (E&O)?
Every transaction in which you are involved requires E&O insurance - in case you make any errors and/or omissions that end up requiring some financial remedy. Our brokerage's E&O policy is designed to cover you in this rare event. Ours is through Hiscox Insurance, a world-leader in business insurance and covers claims up to $500,000, with a deductible of $1,000. The agent would pay the deductible if a claim arose from a transaction in which they were the responsible party - in referral realty this would be particularly rare, but hey, you're insured.
IS FIRELIGHT REALTY IN ANY OTHER STATE THAN FLORIDA?
Not just yet. Firelight Realty opportunities are currently only available to Sales Associate and Broker Associate license holders in Florida. But stay tuned.
WHAT IF I'M HAPPIER WITH THIS ARRANGEMENT THAN I THOUGHT?
Then you're doing it right.