Part-timers killing the real estate profession! No Accountability!

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Paramount Properties

Do you remember when you first interviewed any broker?  The broker was the ultimate professional, upstanding, ethical, the epitome of integrity. They informed you they were there to see you succeed in your new career.  Every resource they had was at your disposal, and they were only a phone call away. Their office was nothing but full time real estate professionals...just like you. "No part-timers here!" But anytime you ever call anyone all you get is static recorded voice messages. No one ever gets back to you!  Not in your office or any office! So what happened? All the brokers seem to do these days is recruit agents that never sold or will sell anything, and they are working full time jobs on the side!  How can you tell?  Caller IDs show calls from DMV's, government agencies, schools etc..., faxes come from the critical intensive care emergency room etc!  Pathetic!  Their clients call full time agents all day long asking to be let into listed properties, but will not sign buyer agency.  They were told not to!

Part-timers only fool themselves!  They cheat fellow REALTORS, and clients alike!  It is epidemic proportions right now!  So much for brokers lying to you can telling you they never hire part-timers.  How does this unprofessional insouciance serve anyone?  It is no different if you are in a contract, calling about the availability of listing, vicious dogs, or calling about a contract deadline.  So much for the phrase "Times is of the essence," and "Real estate professional!"  God forbid there was an accident, criminal act, fire or injury!  Call their brokers and get them in off the golf course, use the words "A lawyer is on the other line, lawsuits, floods, fire, POLICE OR accident!" Get their attention! Accountably has left the building! We need to enforce some accountability!  Obviously they have they no shame!

Jim Crawford

 

 

 

 

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Jim Crawford
Jim Crawford Atlanta Realtor - Atlanta Real Estate
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Ed DeChristopher, CRS©,Fredericksburg VA (RE/MAX Supercenter)   Thanks Ed.  In the Atlanta area we have gone from 8500 to 46000 agents in a few years.  So just by the numbers...most of the agents are part time, and never sold not even 1 home.  In this market they turned it into an absolute nightmare.

May 29, 2008 02:29 PM
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Jeff Graves
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Coldwell Banker Island Properties

Wow...interesting discussion.  I've had my license since 1983 and have seen all sides of the indusrty in all types of markets.  I understand the frustration full time agents have with part time agents "skimming" off the top.

Now a part timer has every right to earn money legally and ethically to provide for a better lifestyle for themselves, their spouse and their kids.  Perhaps a part time is planning on going full time...but they need the recommended 6 months of savings to do this.

Frankly, I have also experienced frustration with "full timers".  It's not the hours you put into it..it's:

  • Your Performance to your client
  • Communication is key (who cares where they call from as long as they call duh?).
  • Keeping your end of the committment

Lastly, I'm surprised that a Professional RE/MAX agent would be ranting the way you have been. Peace.

May 29, 2008 07:39 PM
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The Atalnta market may have been more affected than most.  A 300% of agents in 3 years.  From 12K to 45K.  Over 67% have never even sold one home. 

May 29, 2008 09:24 PM
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Sandra Carlisle
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First Team Estates

We have a few part-time agents in our office, but they seem to do well.  They work mostly by referral but love their other careers as well. 

I have also run into several horrible part-times (and full-timers).  As long as the agent is competent, and we get the deal done per contract, I'm a happy camper and could care less whether they work 1 hour per week or 80.

It's about competence and common sense.

May 29, 2008 09:36 PM
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Sandra Carlisle, Realtor - Newport Beach - Corona del Mar (First Team Estates)   But are thye fair to the other agents, do they get the needed documentation on time, are they accessible during regular hours...most of the time they are not.  If they are doing real estate on their full time job how well are they doing that job?  How well are they performing for that employer?  I get daily requests to do the work of part time agents because they are inaccessible to their buyer clients 9-5 PM.  The agents in the office may be swell folks, but have you done a deal with one that works full time? 

May 29, 2008 09:43 PM
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