Do you want fries with that?

By
Real Estate Agent with Portland Metro Realtors

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?

Comments (6)

Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Eighteen Years Experience in Brevard County

The problem I see is when someone thinks less of the individual who is giving it all. The broker should be embarassed he does not what or how his agents are doing.

Oct 28, 2008 05:27 AM
David W. Langford
Promo-Plates car nameplates by Ameri-Plates - Detroit, MI

There's no such thing as a degrading job as long as it's honest work.   The person in question was doing what he deemed necessary to pay his bills and put food on the table for his family.   It's a difficult time for many.   There is no disgrace in good honest labor.....of any kind!   Good post!!

Oct 28, 2008 05:31 AM
Beth Forbes
The mortgage help you want when you need it. - Center Valley, PA
Your 24/7 loan officer

Good lord, what a snob. I fail to see how this is at all embarassing. The agent is obviously dedicated to keeping their real estate career and is willing to take on a second job to make that happen.

Oct 28, 2008 05:34 AM
Chuck Christensen
Your Financial Coach - Bellingham, WA

The Broker should be embarrased with himself and his "holier than thou" thought process...I commend the Realtor for doing what he needed to do to take care of his family....The broker should be embarrased that the realtor did not feel he could tell his broker.

Oct 28, 2008 05:37 AM
Phil Stearns
Caron's Gateway Real Estate - Stark, NH

You need to do what you need to do....  That agent could make some great prospects for RE at the second job... Kudos... 

Oct 28, 2008 06:07 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Hi, Brad

   We invite you back to ActiveRain in the year 2017!

Jul 30, 2017 07:19 PM