Part Time Agents - Do they HELP or HURT the industry?

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Real Estate Agent with Weichert Realtors - Hibble & Associates

Let me start by saying I know many people reading this are in fact part time agents. With that being said I appreciate your input on this topic and would love to hear your point of view. I think the dissension among part time Realtors all started within the last year as the media had been bashing the overall real estate market. Let me also say that I still believe it is a great time to buy and sell locally. You can read my last blog for more info on that.House in Vandling

A few days ago my local paper started a series called "Facing Recession" and they started by zeroing in on real estate. They picked part time agents who did well when the market was booming a few years back and now are not getting sales as easily as they were before. These agents are not in the top of the ranks among the local market and some have other jobs and or are pursuing other jobs. They all sulked about how bad the economy is and that they can't stay afloat.

I don't understand why the paper would search out part time agents. Does the paper want to strike fear into the people of the community. Why can't they advertise that rates are very low, houses are readily available, and that Scranton was just listed by Money Magazine as the 7th fastest growing real estate market?

My thought is this...Would you interview the guy working at Best Buy 4 hours a day 3 days a week and say to him how are electronic sales this year? Does he really know? Does he really care? Why not ask the full time employee who is invested in the business, has company stock and is interested in the latest electronic gadgets?

Back to the articles on "Facing Recession," do these agents think this negative view on real estate is going to help them pick up more clients? Would you want to work with a Realtor who says he hasn't sold anything in months?

If you are a potential buyer or seller of real estate, do your homework. Make sure you choose a Realtor who works full time and takes his/her business seriously. Don't work with someone who is not invested in his/her career.

Looking to buy and sell in the Clarks Summit, Scranton area? Give me a call! www.realestatebytodd.com

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Raymond E. Camp
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester
Empire Realty Group

Todd, Having worked in grocery and auto until recently; If the employee is trained and is taken care of most part time employees are very good for a business butthe untrained employee or even full time can be hazardous to everyone.

June 11, 2008 02:33 PM
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Darin Haughie
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Todd,

        I have no time for Part time Realtors!, I can never get them on the phone and if they are at the OTHER job I have to wait to they get off to see the listing? My grand dad used to say Fish or Cut bait you can't do both!

June 11, 2008 02:46 PM
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Chris Ann Cleland
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Long & Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA

Todd:  I can't believe that your local paper taked to part-timers about the market.  Makes no sense.  Oh well.  Maybe you should suggest a moe positive article.  Send them a press release for something great you do.

June 11, 2008 05:22 PM
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Chuck Carstensen
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If agents want to be part time I am fine with that. I think the customer loses if the part time agent doesnt know the market or stay on top of things.

June 11, 2008 09:03 PM
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Kevin Corsa
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I don't see anything wrong with being a part time agent, as long as they have the right attitiude, and are willing to enlist the help of others when they don't have the answers. In this age of electronic media, I think it's entirely possible for a part time agent to do the same relative job for their client as the full time agent, and get the same exposure.

June 12, 2008 07:41 AM
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Good question.  I wonder too how rookies entering the market effect the business too.  Creates more expired listings; more exasperated buyers; more frustrated brokers and loan officers!  Do we need more education requirements to become agents?  Would that keep out some of the part-timers, and give them better understanding of the market place?

June 12, 2008 12:44 PM
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Andy Laughlin
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I don't think part time agents hurt anything. But I can see how it would get annoying not being able to get a hold of agents.

June 12, 2008 12:50 PM
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Todd Jones
Weichert Realtors - Hibble & Associates

Raymond - You are sooo right. Training is key! Thanks for commenting.

Darin - Great quote.

Chris Ann - I am in the process of writing a response back to the writer of the article. We will see what happens.

Chuck - I guess I am more frustrated with the negative comments and not the part that the agents are part time. What were they thinking???

June 12, 2008 01:13 PM
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Don't be surprised if the journalist for the newspaper is in fact a part time contributer to the paper ......  Hhhhmmmmm....

June 13, 2008 12:48 PM
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Jeff Payne
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The only problem is that the full time agents typically have to do all of the work for the part timer since they usually don't close alot of deals.

June 14, 2008 03:40 PM
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