Part-timers fight back in REP forum

by Olivia D'Orazio09 Mar 2015
So-called part-timers are fighting back in the REP forum, arguing their services are just as good – or even better – than some full-time agents.
“I always thought real estate was a service industry – how many hours you spend doesn’t mean anything,” writes Narender Sehgal in the forum. “If a person can provide service at the convenience of client, keeping in mind the needs of the client or customer and the interest of the client, then how does it make a difference if that someone is a full-time or part-time agent?”
Indeed, that’s the point many part-timers are making in the forum. Their real estate businesses are successful – often based on repeats and referrals – and founded in open communication.
One anonymous commenter called Mike says he works hard to make sure his clients are satisfied, and informs them of his availability.
“By no means has it been easy,” he writes, adding that his work ethic has awarded him entry to the 100% Club for the last three years, “[but] I understand that I have to – by choice – work much harder to keep my clients happy and make myself available to answer their questions and fulfill my fiduciary duties.
“I am lucky that my first full-time job allows me the flexibility to make phone calls, answer emails and leave the office when I need to. I only take on clients that I know I can handle and understand my time limits as a ‘part-time’ agent.”
As Segal wrote, agents need to keep their clients top of mind – but not all agents can boast that level of service.
“I have met many full-time real estate agents who have no clue what are they doing,” he wrote, “so please, let’s not get into this full-time/part-time business.”


  • by 3/9/2015 11:53:23 AM

    I know a part time agent who could not get his clients into a property quickly enough before it sold because of his schedule. While it's not everyday that a home sells on day 1 for this reason alone part time agents need to let their clients know that this could happen. It's the reality of working a 40hr week in another job. Not to mention I think the employer should know too. As an employer I would be furious to know my employees are browsing MLS on my time and calling in sick to do deals.

  • by Ken in Kamloops BC 3/9/2015 11:55:29 AM

    Call me crazy, but my experience by and large is that part-timers are part-time for a reason. They lack the professionalism, talent, and commitment to succeed as a full-time real estate professional, and need that other job to make ends meet. I get that there are exceptions to every rule, but I don't want to be "that guy" that greets my seller when they walk in the door of Home Depot on Saturday afternoon, or picks them up from a restaurant in my a pro, be full-time, your clients deserve that.

  • by Hard Worker 3/9/2015 12:10:48 PM

    I am part time only to build my client base until its sufficient to earn a steady living without the winter soft spots etc. I have been "part time" as some call it for a few years and have been more successful than alot of full time desk sitter agents in a 40 agent office ( 4th in ranks ). I am completely dedicated to my clients satisfaction and requests and make sure everything is done in a timely manner... maybe its my work ethic but being part time is a word cause I work 16plus hours a day most of the time thats not "part time" to me !!!

    Cheers to all and sign those waivers !!!

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