Full Time Professionals vs. Part Time Hobbyist or Limited Service Agents

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Managing Real Estate Broker with eXp Realty RB-19250

I read a blog that stated it is about professionalism and not whether you are full-time, part-time or a discount broker.  I feel the need to speak my mind.

Let's talk about professionalism for a moment.  Professionalism is the product of hard work, training and dedication.

If it is about professionalism, tell me how many part time agents you know who spent the time and money to get the training and have earned their GRI, CRS, CRB, brokers license or any of the designations that require real education? Not one I can think of. 

Let me make one thing perfectly clear.  The term discount broker is a terribly misused term.  There is no such thing.  All commissions are negotiable, there is not standard fee.  What they are normally referring to is a "Limited Service Broker".  I think limited service brokers created the term discount as a marketing tool.  It sounds better to say "Pays Less" than "Less Fulfilling". If you are proving limited services, you are not my idea of a professional. 

For most part time agents this is a hobby.  Is it really fair to a client to have an agent who does not spend the time and money required to become good at what they do or to be available during the hours everyone else is trying to do business?

Most of the problem transactions I have had were the result of inexperienced, part-time or less than full service agents on the other side.  Those of us who treat this as a profession spend a lot of time and money training and generally provide a much higher level of service.  I agree there may be exceptions, but that is what they are; exceptions, definitely not the rule.

A parting thought: Last week I flew to Las Vegas and attended the CRS Sell-a-bration.  There were over 1200 of the top agents in the country.  Why were they there?  We took classes to improve what we do.  I met many agents from around the country.  I would be surprised if many or even any part time or limited service agents would spend the time and money to be there for the professional development training.

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Randy L. Prothero, REALTOR®

Broker-in-Charge, ABR, AHWD, CRB, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, MRP, SFR

eXp Realty

Team Leader - "The Prothero Group"

Randy Prothero is well established as an expert in working with military / VA clients and first time home buyers.  His home seller's (listing) campaign is one of the most aggressive marketing programs in the area.  His luxury home listings sell faster and for more money.

Based out of Mililani, Hawaii. Randy services the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) Performs mediations and ombudsman services for the Board of Realtors.  To improve overall professionalism in his area Randy also offers classes for real estate agents. 

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Rainmaker
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TLW - I am easy, I give a lot of material to folks use against me.
Feb 08, 2007 10:21 AM #9
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"The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW.
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ME TOO!      :)

Would you like to drive something into the lake with me? SVW. (no reminder)    :)

 

 

Feb 08, 2007 10:26 AM #10
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TLW - At least if it goes in the lake it can be saved.  Here in the ocean it is toast.  The Salt water destroys almost everything.

When coming back from one of my listings a few months ago, I saw the funniest thing.  Firetrucks were on the side of the highway with their lights pointed about 50 yards out in the shallows off shore.  There was a honda civic sitting in about 2 to 3 feet of water.  My best guess was it was going extremely fast missed the turn and skipped off the top of the water for a good distant like a flat rock. 

Feb 08, 2007 10:48 AM #11
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Hey...

I wonder if the driver of the Civic is a long lost relative of mine :)

  

 

Feb 08, 2007 11:22 AM #12
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TLW - I wonder how he would do woth a lawn mower?  :)
Feb 08, 2007 12:22 PM #13
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Randy, I would like for someone to explain to me how they are a professional if they only do something on the side, but then in this day and age when people just make up their own definitions someone will probably come up with one.

BTW, please keep TLW away from motor vehicles and water. 

Feb 08, 2007 01:11 PM #14
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Laurie Manny
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Go git em Randy.

Feb 08, 2007 01:43 PM #15
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George -  Webster would roll over in his grave over how some destroy the English language.  TLW and motorized vehicles make great stories to read.

Laurie - Mahalo

Feb 08, 2007 05:33 PM #16
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Laurie Manny
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Randy & George,

Ines designed a new outfit for TLW.  For use when dredging out heavy equipment only.

 TLW if you insist on chasing equipment into or near that lake of yours please wear the proper attire. 

Feb 08, 2007 05:43 PM #17
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Laurie - Surprisingly it works well with the hat.
Feb 08, 2007 05:52 PM #18
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Laurie Manny
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Yes it does, amazing isn't it?

Feb 08, 2007 05:55 PM #19
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TLW, nice touch with the Super Woman attire, but I am thinking more like Aqua Woman......LOL
Feb 09, 2007 01:33 AM #20
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Ooops just noticed it was Lourie who got TLW all dressed up.........LOL
Feb 09, 2007 01:35 AM #21
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Laurie - It is a good choice for pulling vehicles out of the lake.

George - I was thinking maybe wonder women, but I am not sure the magic lasso would be able to pull lawnmowers from the lake.

Feb 09, 2007 05:44 AM #22
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Randy, that would work, but I think that TLW will be taking her gun to the both of us after these suggestions....LOL
Feb 09, 2007 05:49 AM #23
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George - I am a few thousand miles away, so unless she has the invisible jet fired up I am safe for a little while.  LOL
Feb 09, 2007 06:00 AM #24
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Just look what happens when I take a day off from Active Rain...

I'm smiling very wide :)

TLW...ROAR!

Feb 09, 2007 10:05 AM #25
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Laurie Manny
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((((((((((HUGS))))))))))
Feb 09, 2007 11:13 AM #26
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:)
Feb 09, 2007 11:58 AM #27
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TLW - I liked it.

Laurie - Thanks for sharing that cool picture.

Feb 09, 2007 12:21 PM #28
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