If you have been in the business for more than a couple of months, you have had the experience of dealing with a part-time agent. Some of the PTs have been excellant to deal with! Others.......sorry, I can't say that here!
Of course, in their defense, I could say the same things about some full-time agents! But, back to the issue at hand.
One of my listings went under contract with a PT buyer's agent. I should have realized the senerio, when they wanted to do the inspection at 5pm. I knew the buyer was a teacher and it was July, so that wasn't the issue.
It finally dawned on me that the agent was PT when I NEVER received return calls or emails until after 4:00 pm, and never after 8:00 pm. Excuse me......I answer phone calls & emails from 8am till 10pm, if it is important, or a question from anybody involved with a deal.
I know, some of you are saying......I only work from 9-5 or whatever! If my buyer is sitting watching TV with the spouse at 9pm, and a question pops up, they know they can email or text me, and usually get an answer. That is one reason why I get referrals.
Back to this PT I have been dealing with......His lender called me last Monday (closing was scheduled for Friday) to inform me there appeared to be an issue, and briefly explained. The agent called me early Friday morning (yes....the day of closing) to tell me we were going to be able to close! I received a release that evening!
Somebody asked me once why I don't care for PTs. First, I feel they should disclose the fact they are a PT, and give us the hours they are available, so we know what to expect (disclosure). Next, PTs usually have a full-time job, with insurance. Then, they take business away from us FTs, who are trying to make a living doing real estate. And last, many of the PTs don't do a good job, giving us FTs a bad name.
Yes, I agree.....Some PTs are very good. I started as a PT, but had a fax machine, & a private phone line and responded to all calls quickly. Now all PTs have that ability. That is why I feel they should disclose!