Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor (Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate)

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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I've experienced frustration for all the reasons you mentioned with full-time agents. Fortunately, have not had to deal with any part-timers.

Feb 12, 2016 10:56 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

No part-timers as far as I know but some that are very poor communicators and make lots of mistakes

Feb 13, 2016 12:02 AM
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I had an agent tell me this week she couldn't get signed docs back to me because she was working her other job that day and night. I still don't have it back and that was two days ago. It now requires another email and text to remind her I am needing to finish up the paprework.

Feb 12, 2016 11:07 PM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Yes. Yes. YES.
Have also experienced that with FT agents who I wish would get the H outta the way! ;)

Feb 12, 2016 10:56 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Dealing with some of the agents is one of the more difficult aspects of the real estate business. 

Feb 13, 2016 01:01 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

The FT agents regardless of their years in business are sometimes not professional.   I prefer to deal with better educated professional realtors. These MBA, JD etc are great to work with.  They know the rules.

PT? I have not come across one yet. 


Feb 13, 2016 12:25 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

I worked with a postman and his client and he had very little regard for our time lines when he was at his day job. Hated it!

Feb 13, 2016 12:02 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

Yes! We finally closed on a deal that should have closed months ago. Lack of experience and lack of  Common Sense!

Feb 12, 2016 11:52 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

As others have said, it's a problem with FT agents too.  In general, though, I think PT agents try to be quite responsive.  If they need the money and are working a another job, they're anxious to get that lump sum paycheck.  In any case, if it is a problem, the DM needs to be involved in order to keep the transaction moving along. 

Feb 12, 2016 11:38 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Oh yeah, it was like that all through the Depreciated 2005-2011 market and it's like that now because the "band-wagon" came to town with our sellers' suddenly everyone is a Realtor again. I just let my peeps know, I'm their Winter patriot, not the Summer soldier, that seems to flood the appreciated markets when skills seem to be masked by the speed of the market. They are like Summertime mosquito's... annoying pests, but dead & gone by Fall. Yeah, I said it.

Feb 12, 2016 11:20 PM
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Yes, inevitably you have to assist them cause they don't know what they are doing.

Feb 12, 2016 11:20 PM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Yes, but I usually try to help move things along without insulting the other agent.

Feb 12, 2016 11:04 PM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Mary - It does get a little frustrating, but I just push them along as best I can to get to close of escrow.

Feb 15, 2016 12:01 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

There are times the part timer only answers after they get off work, and title has gone home, and question was time sensitive.   

Feb 15, 2016 10:32 AM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I just closed one where the other agent was very slow to respond. Supposedly she's a full time agent, but it sure didn't seem like it. 

Feb 14, 2016 10:54 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel


Feb 13, 2016 10:20 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Full or part time agent isn't always the issue.  Full service or part(or no) service is.

Feb 13, 2016 09:22 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

All of your reasons and not just from part-time agents but full-time agents as well!

Feb 13, 2016 08:42 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Mary. It can be a pain and very frustrating on the mortgage side. If I get delayed, it just holds up the closing precess.

Feb 13, 2016 07:02 PM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 Good morning Mary Yonkers . There are a lot of part-time real estate agents in this market. As you know, it takes a lot of money to finance a startup real estate business.

Feb 13, 2016 05:38 PM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Yes Mary and it is horrible. I am a full time 100% agent and this makes our work harder.

Feb 13, 2016 02:43 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Mary Yonkers - when we don't get timely response, we do get frustrated.

However, once I know about it, I play in favor of my buyers - got a good bargain on a home for my buyers because the other agent was part-time!

Feb 13, 2016 02:06 PM
Linda Guess
Keller Williams Tri-Lakes Branson, MO - Branson, MO
Branson area real estate sales.

Yes, but not exactly when I co-broke a transaction.  I have rental property in Arizona and my former agent managed the property for a number of years after I moved from Arizona.  She often couldn't be reached.  She couldn't answer the phone when she was working her other jobs.  She couldn't answer calls for my prospective tenants.  She was not readily available to show the property to prospective tenants.  My property would have suffered greatly.  I had to take the calls from Missouri, because I answer my phone.  I hired a tenant to show the property.  I could go on and on.  The property manager was a friend, but it was difficult having to do her job because she wasn't available.

Feb 13, 2016 12:23 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

I haven't run into any part time agents lately.

Feb 13, 2016 12:07 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Yes, living with that right now. 

Feb 13, 2016 11:29 AM
Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

I have had these types of problems with top producers so it doesn't seem to matter, anyone can be unprofessional.

Feb 13, 2016 11:00 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I have experienced bad deals with full time agents and great deals that were easy and fun with part time agents.  I think it has a lot to do with the person, not when they do their job.

Feb 13, 2016 10:54 AM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

Yes but also with full-time agents too.

Feb 13, 2016 10:30 AM
Joan Dickie
Keller Williams Premier Realty - La Crosse, WI
Keller Williams Premier Realty

If they have been part time, I haven't noticed it.  I have been having problems with the long term agents who are stuck doing things the way they've always been done, and may not be correct.

Feb 13, 2016 07:41 AM
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

And sometimes you'll never even know that the other agent has a full time job as an engineer unless he makes a point of telling you.  I've had plenty of agents be surprised at the closing table when they find out that the entire transaction that they just finished was with a "part time" agent.

Feb 13, 2016 07:19 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Yes and I will have nice words to start with and it gets stronger if I get no action

Feb 13, 2016 07:06 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Yes to all.

Feb 13, 2016 05:37 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Think we have all been there with even full time agents.  Have to deal with it somehow.

Feb 13, 2016 03:05 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

More times that I would like, unfortunately.  (And, not just with part time agents, either.)

Feb 13, 2016 02:42 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Again, becuase I have answered a similar question, I have more problems with agents that have been in the business awhile.

Feb 13, 2016 02:09 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

most of what I listed when I was active was new construction, and I never had an issue.... I had all of the buyer's contact information and if the buyer's agent was not going to play the game as it needed to be played, my builder was not going to pay for that foolishness.... I would copy the buyer's agent by email and every phone conversation with the buyer was complemented by an email reflecting the converstion with a copy to the buyer's was double work for me, but we always closed on time.... I didn't put up with nonsense....I had too many subdivisions being marketed at the same time....

Feb 13, 2016 02:03 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I can be patient with those who have other complications in their lives.

May 18, 2019 10:13 PM