Part Time Agents

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Real Estate Sales Representative

I am a part time real estate agent and have been in the business for 5 years.  I beleive part time agents can be successful in real estate if they make a plan and stick to it.  Of course I mean with your Brokers approvval on a course of action to achieve this goal.  I have achieved minium success in the business, but I have no complaints.  (ok maybe a few)  My success is determined by how well I stick to the game plan for success.  I would like to hear from other realtors or brokers on their views on this topic.  Success stories are great for holidays and motivation for the new year.

 

Thank You and Happy Holidays to All

Comments (22)

Lisa Spalding
Casa Latino Four Corners, REALTOR, CDPE - Longwood, FL
REALTOR, CDPE

Something from By Referral Only/Joe Stumpf goes something like: (paraphrased, of course!)

The Pillars of Business are

Survival   --->  Stability  --->  Success  --->  Significance

If you are operating out of "survival," then your focus is on your next transaction/prospect.  If you have a certain amount of stability, then you can focus on better customer service.  If you are operating from success or significance, you can REALLY focus on wowing the customer... 

 

Dec 10, 2007 04:03 AM
Timothy Schwartz
Century 21 Mack Morris Iris Lurie - Marlboro Twp, NJ
kevin:  This is a tough business not to do full time.  If you find a way to pull it off, let me know.  Thanks for joining Rainbay. http://activerain.com/groups/selljunk
Dec 10, 2007 11:45 AM
Dave McMillin
Jim Maloof / Realtor - East Peoria, IL
I am part time but my wife is full time.  With the right base of friends, family, co-workers at my full time job I could probably keep busy with 2-3 listings max at any time.  Beyond that I don't know if I could handle it by myself.  My wife is still pretty new but when she gets going strong I plan on moving over.
Dec 10, 2007 12:21 PM
Sally Zatkoff
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services PenFed Realty - Fairfax, VA
Making a Difference

I bet your full t ime job gives you a lot of prospects, so take advantage of the connections your making there. Full time is aot of work, so far it has been worth it for me. I've made some money, but it is getting tougher, but it will get better

Dec 15, 2007 10:50 PM
Peggy K.
Grand Property Virtual Tours - Buffalo Grove, IL
Illinois Virtual Tour Provider and Real Estate Photographer
Welcome to the Rain Kevin.  If you put your heart into it and really want to do it than you will be successful.
Dec 15, 2007 11:01 PM
"Tommy" Decebal
HomeSpector Inc. 516-851-5833 - Farmingdale, NY
Adamescu Long Island NY MASTER Home Inspector
Rick Tourgee
Robert Paul Properties, Inc. - Provincetown, MA
Provincetown and Cape Cod

Doing real estate part-time is tough as demands from Clients, Lenders, Lawyers, prospects comes at all hours of the day.

I have two part-time people working in my office.  However, they work together in a team and usually one of the two are always available.  I think if the two of them were always available full-time, I think their income could double!

Dec 25, 2007 09:57 PM
Mesa, Arizona Real Estate Mesa Arizona Realtor
Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC - Mesa, AZ
AzLadyInRed

Kevin, sometimes to begin with you have to go part time, and frequently a steady income is required. Not everyone can go without a paycheck every month.

Dec 28, 2007 02:16 PM
Alan Kirkpatrick
Austin Texas Homes - Round Rock, TX
Alan in Austin

Kevin:

Hey thanks for you comments on my blog. Good luck to you in all you do.

Jan 09, 2008 02:09 PM
Eugene Watson
LTI Solutions - Atlanta, GA
Although some say that by giving a part-time effort you'll end up with part-time results, it's all a matter of how determined and dedicated you are to reach the goal. Hopefully you have some. Otherwise, to what level are you reaching. Aim high and eventually this part time real estate career can pay off and transform into a full time fulfillment of a dream.
Jan 11, 2008 12:53 AM
Robert L. Brown
www.mrbrownsellsgr.com - Grand Rapids, MI
Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Mic
You're perfectly right. Stick to a winning game plan and dont wander from it. Easier said then done. Best of luck in 2008.
Jan 11, 2008 08:06 AM
Sandra Carlisle (Ayers)
Berkshire Hathaway California Properties - Newport Beach, CA
Real Estate Marketing & Sales

As long as you don't have a part-time attitude you can get going strong.  If you focus and write out a schedule when you are not at your other job, you will be able to accomplish more than most full-time agents who dilly dally all day.  The only thing you should be doing is getting in front of people and looking at inventory.  Avoid the office like the plague because no one is going to buy anything from you there.  Before you know it, you will be able to choose what you want to do.  (Quit your other job or not.)  Door knocking is the fastest way to get new business as well as Open Houses.  Invite the neighbors to you open house and locate the next listings by saying "Hi, this is ________, I'll be holding open __________________ this weekend.  If the buyers coming in don't find that home to be a match, would you consider selling yours?"    These two sentences have been the best thing I've ever learned.

Best of luck to you!

Jan 11, 2008 10:25 AM
Chuck Carstensen
RE/MAX Results - Elk River, MN
Minnesota/Wisconsin Real Estate Expert
Thanks for sharing on my blog- Chuck
Mar 10, 2008 03:19 PM
Darleen McCullen
Raleigh, NC
Broker - Raleigh, NC Real Estate
I know some "part-time" agents who do more business than the "full-time" ones. I say do what works for you and your clients.
Mar 10, 2008 03:46 PM
Gayle Balaban
The Best Spot Realty/Waterfront Real Estate/Ooltewah Real E - Chattanooga, TN
E. TN Waterfront Real Estate
I, for one, haven't a clue how I could be successful on a part time basis.
Mar 10, 2008 04:03 PM
Tom Plant
WINEormous.com - Murrieta, CA
Kevin - Part time agents can absolutely succeed. I hope you'll start posting more here. It will help immensely.
Mar 12, 2008 04:16 AM
Sonya Rosser
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers - Douglasville, GA
Hi Kevin, you can succeed at whatever you choose.  Each individuals success is accustomed to what they want.
Mar 13, 2008 05:20 PM
DDR Realty
DDR Realty - Newburgh, NY
Orange County NY
Congratulations to you. I too started as a part-time agent, back in 1992. And I was more producted than most full time agents in the office. Stick with it.
Mar 14, 2008 04:55 AM
Robert L. Brown
www.mrbrownsellsgr.com - Grand Rapids, MI
Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Mic
Some may dissuade you from being part time. You have to do what's right for YOU. One day you may make the switch. You never know..
Mar 14, 2008 05:04 AM
Tara Colquitt
Tara Colquitt, The Credit Woman, LLC - Philadelphia, PA
Credit Counselor
As many have said it is all up to you. Good luck Kevin!
Mar 26, 2008 08:11 AM