The Case Against The Part-Time Agent

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Real Estate Agent with Meritus Group Real Estate SD 14808

In today’s day and age one can barely walk ten steps without tripping over a real estate agent and or a REALTOR. I know your brother’s wife’s sister is a REALTOR but she might not necessarily be the right choice to market your home. When you venture into the realm of the part-time REALTOR you really might not get what you are looking for. Real estate is not a career that is conducive to time away. A part-time agent has family obligations and quite possibly another job to take into consideration on top of your home transaction.

Part-timers will have to keep up on educational hours to keep their license current but there is other stuff that they could be missing out on due to lack of time. With the majority of people finding homes on the Internet does your part-time agent have the skills to market there? Do they have a website? Does your part-time agent go to the local real estate board meetings and know what is going on in the city/state you are selling or buying in? As a part-timer do they even have time to go through their email everyday to keep up with new listings or to return your phone calls and answer questions. I know there are part-timers that make very good use of their time and do a good job. There are also full-timers who won’t return a phone call to save their life.

I guess the biggest thing I want to point out is full-time agents are into this to sell your house because this is how we support our families. If we don’t sell that house we have no cash! This is very motivating! So think about it and do your homework and find out more about your brother’s sister’s wife. Before you give her this big assignment determine if she has time to do it to your liking and if not just remember you can have a full-time agent for generally the same cost as a part-time one!a

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Rosalie A. Evans                                                                      

HJN Team Real Estate

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Sioux Falls, SD 57108

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Comments (98)

Rosalie Evans
Meritus Group Real Estate - Sioux Falls, SD
The Evans Group, Sioux Falls, SD Homes For Sale

Bill- Oh my gosh no! Unless I had been going to said doctor all my life and he was partially retiring then maybe!?

Oct 27, 2011 06:21 PM
Rosalie Evans
Meritus Group Real Estate - Sioux Falls, SD
The Evans Group, Sioux Falls, SD Homes For Sale

Joseph- This may be true but how many of these people have no one to support them?If you are working as a team you hours are added on top of their hours and they are then probably no longer working with a part-time entity! 

Oct 27, 2011 06:24 PM
Rosalie Evans
Meritus Group Real Estate - Sioux Falls, SD
The Evans Group, Sioux Falls, SD Homes For Sale

Donne- As always you are right! Some people are very good at managing time and some people are horrid!  In the same instance I would still not hire someone part-time UNLESS they were part of a bigger team that worked together! 

Oct 27, 2011 06:26 PM
Rosalie Evans
Meritus Group Real Estate - Sioux Falls, SD
The Evans Group, Sioux Falls, SD Homes For Sale

Ben- Oh I hear you there! Between it all it seems like 18 hours a day!

Oct 27, 2011 06:27 PM
Doug Bullwinkel
Envoy Mortgage,NMLS ID 6666 - Sacramento, CA
Mortgage Loan Originator NMLS #281609

These days, you might be considered part time if you only work 6 or 7 hours a day.  How many full time professionals work 60 hours or more per week.  I don't think it matters how many hours you work.  It's how available you are for your clients that matters.

Oct 27, 2011 06:33 PM
Rosalie Evans
Meritus Group Real Estate - Sioux Falls, SD
The Evans Group, Sioux Falls, SD Homes For Sale

Tracy- I have also seen some very good agents that get listings from their part time jobs. They are making the best of the situation and that is great. The main thing is for people to have realistic expectations about the speed of which something could get done when working with a part-time agent. If you are in the middle of a shift working somewhere you may not be able to do anything for hours! If that is ok with the people then good enough!

Oct 27, 2011 06:34 PM
Rosalie Evans
Meritus Group Real Estate - Sioux Falls, SD
The Evans Group, Sioux Falls, SD Homes For Sale

Erica- Agreed and Agreed! :)

Oct 27, 2011 06:36 PM
Rosalie Evans
Meritus Group Real Estate - Sioux Falls, SD
The Evans Group, Sioux Falls, SD Homes For Sale

Jeff- I agree totally! It is case by case and location and market does play a roll in having to get another job!

Oct 27, 2011 06:39 PM
Rosalie Evans
Meritus Group Real Estate - Sioux Falls, SD
The Evans Group, Sioux Falls, SD Homes For Sale

Bryant- Agreed that full-time does not make a perfect agent and part-time does not make a bad one! If either of them doesn't answer their phone it is a bad deal!

 

 

Steve- Oh heavens no! It is the quality of those hours one way or another that matter!

 

 

Dave- You have worked with him too?! He must have moved!

 

James- It would be the way I would go if I was a seller!

Oct 27, 2011 06:44 PM
Rosalie Evans
Meritus Group Real Estate - Sioux Falls, SD
The Evans Group, Sioux Falls, SD Homes For Sale

J Philip- You changed your picture! I like this one alot. As for part-timers with broker assistance that is awesome. In this instance if the broker is working with them as a team that makes alot of difference! Managing vs selling broker makes a large difference as well!

 

Coral- I didn't did I? I said what you might want to look out for if you are hiring a part-time agent!

 

Brian- The cavalier ones are the worst! There is so many things we need to keep up on for liability purposes that its hard me to keep up!

 

Ken- I know exactly what you mean! There are certainly some full-time socializers out there as well but this certainly don't make them productive!

 

Evelyn- True of course! If you are not doing a good job you will just disappear!

 

Karen- I quit after I got divorced and became a single parent! I tried for awhile and realized I was running myself ragged and then I just didn't renew! I just couldn't do everything! Great if you can!

Oct 27, 2011 06:57 PM
Rosalie Evans
Meritus Group Real Estate - Sioux Falls, SD
The Evans Group, Sioux Falls, SD Homes For Sale

Andi- Sorry I let you down this time! As always there are no set definates in life except death and taxes. So I am sure there are many wonderful part-timers out there! 

Oct 27, 2011 07:01 PM
Rosalie Evans
Meritus Group Real Estate - Sioux Falls, SD
The Evans Group, Sioux Falls, SD Homes For Sale

Joni- I agree! People seem to expect more and more and unfortunately there is not more hours in the day all of a sudden to accomodate it! So we use what hours we have available and deal! Some can do it well and some not so much!

Oct 27, 2011 07:03 PM
Rosalie Evans
Meritus Group Real Estate - Sioux Falls, SD
The Evans Group, Sioux Falls, SD Homes For Sale

Doug- 6-7 hours a day is considered full time by my book! When it gets down to working 10 hours a week or less is when I question how everything can get done! Then again if that 10 hours is with only one customer maybe it would be ok!

Oct 27, 2011 07:07 PM
Sandy Acevedo
951-290-8588 - Chino Hills, CA
RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale

A good agent is one that really knows his/her market place, has a good knowledge and experience of working with people, contracts, and others. If they can do this and hold down another job too, more power to them. I can't do that.

Oct 28, 2011 12:12 AM
Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA
FrankRubiRealEstate.com

I agree with Broker Bryant #44. I have two part time. They are very motivated and should each close 7 - 9 sales this year.  

Oct 28, 2011 12:33 AM
Neal Bloom
Brokered by eXp Realty LLC - Weston, FL
Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate

Part time or full time..do the job right and it doesn't affect their work.... and there will be no complaints from me...maybe they'll surprise people.

Oct 28, 2011 12:43 AM
Joshua Stein
Coldwell Banker Preferred - Conshohocken - Flourtown, PA
Homes For Sale - Montgomery County

I think that most agents who have a big problem with part time agents are those that have nothing more to offer their clients than their time.  The same goes for those who say to look for an "experienced" agent. What does that really mean?  Just because someone has been in a business 30 years does not mean that they are good at their jobs or the right agent for that particular client.

Oct 28, 2011 12:57 AM
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Alliance 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

Rosalie, I think a lot depends on what other job the agent holds.  Is there flexibility in their schedule?  Maybe they've got five weeks of vacation time and taking off isn't a problem, or the business doesn't care when/how they get their 40 in just as long as they get the work done.  There's a lot of variables.  For me personally, real estate is in essence my 2nd full time job of the day.  I'd venture I put in just as many weekly hours supporting our business as many full time agents.  Just my .02  Bill the Engineer/REALTOR(R)

Oct 28, 2011 01:12 AM
Rosalie Evans
Meritus Group Real Estate - Sioux Falls, SD
The Evans Group, Sioux Falls, SD Homes For Sale

Sandy- Me neither! Maybe in a small town it would be feasible and needed to get a job but not in my area!

 

Frank- Glad it is working out with your people! 

 

Neal- Or maybe they will really do a half-way job and really make their clients mad! Who knows!

 

Joshua- I think that to a point you are correct and to a point I am correct! Some people who talk about experience can barely turn on a computer. Some people who talk about full-time or only into full-time socializing! What I am saying is to make sure of who you are hiring on before you hire them on.

 

Bliz- I couldn't agree more about it depending what kind of other job you might have! If say you are working in a office where you could do you stuff at the same thing you did their stuff you could very well make it work. But as a consumer do you really want to find out that the agent you hired to sell your house might not have time to show it to a possible buyer when they call? What if closing are delayed due to the bank and the agent not being able to mesh schedules? I guess in my opinion there is to many unknowns that you might not know about until after you unknowingly sign that listing agreement. 

Oct 28, 2011 04:29 AM
Rosalie Evans
Meritus Group Real Estate - Sioux Falls, SD
The Evans Group, Sioux Falls, SD Homes For Sale

Ok I just want to expand on my thoughts here! This was intended to not be a post to step on hundreds of part-time toes it was intended to be a post to inform the consumer public. It is good to check into the agent prior to signing a contractual agreement! All aspect of an agent should be analyzed to determine if they are the right agent for you! There are both good and bad full and part time agents so do some research to determine if the person you are interviewing is the perfect agent for you! Have a good weekend everyone!

Oct 28, 2011 04:43 AM