Recently I was reading through the monthly newsletter from our local Realtor association when I stumbled upon an article written by a local principal broker. It was too long to reprint here but the main point was that one night he stopped by a local convenience store and discovered one of his agents working there. I believe he used the word embarrassed and then went on to explain how he felt this was wrong and that the agent was giving up, etc.
I would have to say that I disagree with this. My thinking is if this agent truly was giving up, he would have gone back to a normal 8-5 job and not dealt with the stress and headaches that are a normal part of this job. Instead, to me, this agent is giving up his free time to earn some extra income while we all struggle with this current market so that he will have survived it and be ready to go when it picks up again.
I guess, according to his boss, that his two options are quit the business or quit making payments on his home etc so that he is not "quitting" (if that makes sense). What good would that serve? Most likely make him the next statistic in the foreclosure side of things.
Sure, it may be awkward if one of his clients rolled in and saw that. I like to believe that we are all adults and we all understand what is going on in the world and that these clients would understand...to the point that it does not interfere with his work for them. Obviously if service is suffering then it is not going to work out or needs to be reevaluated.
I'm really curious to see the responses out there. Where do you fall? Is this completely unacceptable to have a second job in this situation, or this is an agent stepping up and getting done what he needs to?