Part-timer debate turns transaction-specific

by Olivia D'Orazio11 Nov 2014
Are selling agents better than buying ones?
That question seems to be leading the latest reincarnation of the part-timer debate, as more agents are willing to accept their part-time counterparts, provided they keep to the “less complicated” buying side of the transaction.
“I have no problem with a part-time buyers' agent [who] is willing to work diligently with a buyer to help locate a house,” John Murphy, a broker in Nova Scotia, writes in the REP forum. “They should be up-to-date on the tools required to make sure they don't miss an opportunity for their clients. When it comes to a sellers' agent, I have a completely different view.”
Murphy’s sentiments are shared by many in the profession who believe buyers’ agents are more able to have a day job, since their working hours often revolve around their clients’ own nine-to-fives.
Lee McDonald, another commenter in the forum, says not all part-time agents are incompetent, as some industry players would have others believe. By that same token, though, not all full-timers are as professional as they should be.
“Full-time or part-time does not determine, in itself, how effectively a professional performs their job,” McDonald writes. “Controls are in place to deal with complaints and issues that arise from poor performance, as there are in any association of professionals. As long as there are standards of practice, I agree that part-time [agents] should be allowed to work...”
Murphy agrees, adding that the onus should be on the part-time agent to inform his or her clients of any time constraints.
“At the very least, if our Industry permits sales people to work on a part-time basis this should be part of full disclosure,” Murphy writes. “The public has the right to know what sort of representation to expect.”


  • by 11/12/2014 3:44:51 PM

    Define "part time"! Lots of top agents have other "interests" and are not in the office every day. Others might be holding a full time (again needs defintion). To obtain a licence registrants have to take courses and then more courses to get full qualifications. Lots of teh so -called "full timers" are lacking in knowledge and still need mentoring and coaching. Also, what is the Broker of Record (of thei sles manager) for? It is their responsibilty to guide and check registrants as they work. Are our offices becoming too big so that sales reps are more or less wandering around aimlessly? Are our offices becoming like "puppy mills". That is NOT a statement - it is a question!

  • by kingkong 11/12/2014 4:31:00 PM

    This debate statements that part timers need disclosure is none sense. What the client should be asking as a question is "will you pick up my call or attend my needs in buying or selling a house?" if that agent can confidently says yes and provide you reference and genuine testimonial then part time full time question is irrelevant. This applies to full time agents too because not all full time agents can give out reference to call or testimonial to back up themselves. There a lot of savvy professionals who works from home and bored out of their mind and they take on another challenge and become a realtors. They already have soft skills and very well verse in management and customer service. Some are professionals who belongs to other profession such as accounting, IT, consultant, management etc. Which they don't need to be tied in to their desk 8 hours a day. Some are higly paid professionals become realtor for the reason of tax break offsetting their income tax. End of the day don't hate on part timers because most of them professionals are smart enough to manage their time wisely and make more money on two profession at the same time which a traditional realtor could not do.

  • by 11/12/2014 9:22:47 PM

    I wouldn't get an operation from a part time Surgeon.

    Real Estate has got to be the easiest industry to get in to.

    Increase fees and...

    Have a vote to reverse the ability to hold another profession. But please, hold the vote during the day!

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