Poll Results: Agents should disclose part-time status

by REP24 Nov 2014
The results of a REP poll indicate the majority of industry players believe part-time agents should disclose their status to clients, a stark contrast to many comments in the REP forum.
Three quarters of poll respondents agreed that part-timers should be forced to tell their clients that they work a separate job to earn income, though many in the forum questioned what would qualify as full-time.
“What constitutes part-time? Would eight months full-time, with a break of four months be considered part-time?” asks Lee McDonald in the REP forum. “Full-time or part-time does not determine, in itself, how effectively a professional performs their job. Controls are in place to deal with complaints and issues that arise from poor performance, as there are in any association of professionals.”
However, representing the 25 per cent of poll respondents, many in the forum agree with McDonald that part-time agents aren’t, in and of themselves, bad agents. One anonymous commenter said clients should be less concerned about their agent holding another job, and more concerned with their level of service.
“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?’” writes that commenter in the forum. “If that agent can confidently say yes and provide you reference and genuine testimonial, then the part-time, full-time question is irrelevant.”
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  • by Mike 11/25/2014 4:06:44 AM

    So are you saying that an inexperienced agent working full time is a wiser choice for a client than someone who has 35 years experience but now chooses to limit the number of deals they want to be involved in? Most people taking the licensing courses don't last the first 2 years.If you want to weed the roster pick on the agents with the most ethics violations.I've been an associate broker or broker for 33 years and can visit every client I've ever had.That means more to the industry image than how busy I decide to be,or the stress level I want,.at this time in my life.If I take a part time job to supplement my pension that's my choice.Agents don't have a pension fund like the workers at Reco.Maybe by stating that funds were set aside for investment in the financial statement you should have stated that maybe part of that money was for pensions.Was that the case?

  • by 12/1/2014 12:46:09 PM

    A valid point, which serves only to point out the lack of clarity in the question itself.
    I believe, were the question worded with a clarification of their intention of the meaning, for the purpose of this discussion, of "par-time" as: A licensed Realtor who who holds more than one job; Real Estate Sales and Marketing being only one of them.
    A licensed Realtor who is winding down their professional career, who does not have another job, is probably available to serve their client as needed, or on demand. This availability of service is NOT there from a Realtor who has a full-time job or multiple part-time jobs in another field/industry. This is, I believe, what needs to be disclosed to the customer/client.

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