I may have insulted a few folks with my previous blog: Full Time Professionals vs. Part Time Hobbyist or Limited Service Agents
For the benefit of those who were insulted we need to take a 2nd look at what I said and what they are doing. It is not a question of how many hours a week you work or what you charge for your services. It is about the service you provide or the lack there of and the competency of what you are doing.
I recently responded to a blog that was somewhat tongue and cheek. It disagreed with my point of view. I responded with the following:
"I recently put up a featured post that you may be referring to. I called part timers hobbyist, and mentioned that they rarely take quality education classes or gain designations. In our state they are not eligible to get a brokers license (Thank God).In my travels I have met many, many part time agents. A good part time agent is the exception and definitely not the rule.
I dread being on the other side of transactions with them. The generally do not know the contracts or the time-line. They rarely send in a complete executable contract. They rarely keep the transaction on schedule. For them this is not a profession.
You may be the exception, but I see the others as evil when you consider they are playing with the most expensive thing their clients own. With prices in the 100s of thousands of dollars this is no place for amateurs."
When a member of the public hires someone to represent them on the sale of the $500,000 home they assume you know what you are doing and expect you are a professional. You are handling their most valuable asset.
Do yourself and your clients a favor if you fall in the category of amateur or hobbyist:
- Get proper training; take GRI, CRS or other similar classes
- Team up with a full time professional.
- Do not take on transactions you are not qualified to handle.
- Know what you don't know, and either learn it or avoid it.
I am a very good residential Realtor. I am constantly training and improving at it. On the other hand I am not a commercial agent. I do not have the expertise to give it the same level of professionalism that I can give residential. With that said I do not sell commercial real estate.
I know most full time agents are nodding their heads in agreement as they read this. Some part time agents may be offended, I apologize for that. But the real question is: What part of what I said do you disagree with?