Realtor - Amanda S. Davidson: Being A Part-Time Agent Should Not Mean You Give Part-Time Service

Being A Part-Time Agent Should Not Mean You Give Part-Time Service

Being A Part-Time Agent Should Not Mean You Give Part-Time Service

Being a real estate agent comes with many challenges and if you’re part-time it comes with an added layer of challenges. I have no problem with an agent being part-time but, what I do have a problem with is giving part-time service. Clients deserve full-time service – no exceptions. If you’re going to be in real estate part-time you need to have the flexibility to be able to deliver full-time service and with that comes full-time availability.

 Part-Time Real Estate Agents


I recently worked with a part-time agent on a transaction and it was disturbing to me how many times I heard something couldn’t be done for a couple days because of this agent’s full-time job or how often I was asked to do something because of her obligations at her day job. Everything revolved around what her schedule was for her full-time job. It made me wonder if her clients knew that her day job clearly came first. I got my answer the day they called and asked me how to order condo documents because she wasn’t available to guide them through it.

Part-Time Real Estate Agents 

If I were buying or selling a home I’d want full-time representation, full-time commitment, and full-time expertise. Your clients deserve that and so does the agent you work with on a transaction. No client should have to contact the agent representing the other party in a transaction for guidance nor should the other agent you're working with have to complete tasks that are your responsibility because your day job prohibits you from doing them. 

 

 

 

Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group

 

 

      

 

Amanda Davidson

Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group

Broker - Owner
Licensed in VA and DC

6485 Old Beulah Street
Alexandria, VA 22315

Cell: 703.431.3755
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Comment balloon 21 commentsAmanda S. Davidson • April 14 2018 06:39PM

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Hi Amanda S. Davidson parttime agents would be wise to join a team and tie in with one full time agent to rely on during work hours of the full time job!!! everyone deserves proper representation and service.

Posted by Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes" (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) 6 months ago

We recently had to deal with a part-time listing agent. Of course, she was a relative of the seller, but how annoying it was that she didn't get back to us until the end of her workday on her full-time job, and sometimes not until the following evening!

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) 6 months ago

Amanda, it starts in school, where they say --- real estate is so flexible.    It can be quite frustrating when the clients on the other side call you and ask for assistance due to THEIR agent being unavailable.   

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 6 months ago

Amanda -  that is not acceptable for the client. If not available that agent should team up. 

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 6 months ago

You are so right about that, it is sad to see when someone isn't being represented properly.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) 6 months ago

Amanda,

It happens in many ways in all walks of life.  When we had our commercial real estate practice, there were no part time agents in our field.   If there had been some, they did not last long in the business.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 6 months ago

Hi Amanda... that's the inherent conundrum here... one is typically part time because they don't have more time. And then it shows in service levels/quality. And then there is the issue of thinking like a part-timer because one is...

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage | Charlotte, NC) 6 months ago

Amanda S. Davidson  Real Estate is  a full time job . Five years ago I took a part time job around the Christmas Holidays  - Never again - it did not work -  Love your video

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) 6 months ago

Amanda- What you said is so very true- an agent can be part-time but they need to be able to provide full-time service and I know several who are able to do that because they are part of a team, whether it's their spouse or another agent in their office. Unfortunately, I've met some full-time agents who provided part-time service. You're so right...our clients deserve much better than that. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 6 months ago

Amanda, I agree with you 100 per cent, I have been a full time agent for over 24 plus years and I have no tolerance for part timers... and I do not mean those who have a second job, I mean the ones that do not give 100%, Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) 6 months ago

Good morning Amanda.  I'm dealing with an agent on a transaction now that is very similar to what you describe.  It is very frustrating and I'm thinking of calling the broker.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 6 months ago

I have no idea how a part-time agent could deliver full service.  Real estate moves quickly and you need to be able to respond quickly in order to deliver full service.  If you only work part-time, the perfect home for your client could come on the market and go under contract before you even noticed since you were so busy with your full-time job.

Posted by Erika Rae Albert, Austin Real Estate Expert, Exceeding Expectations in Every Transaction (E*Rae Real Estate Group- Powered by eXp Realty LLC) 6 months ago

I have heard those excuses too from part time agents. I agree that the client deserves full time service and not hit and miss.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) 6 months ago

Home buyers and home sellers need to be very careful when selecting an agent.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) 6 months ago

Good point! If the agent has a full-time job and can't provide service that is needed, they need to team up with someone who can step in during those non-available times. 

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com) 6 months ago

Good morning Amanda S. Davidson ,

I'm so glad that Gabe Sanders reblogged your post! Your assessment is right on. I've never understood someone taking on real estate as a second job..its a full time job and is not fair to clients unless you can be accessible during your primary job.

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799) 6 months ago

"Clients deserve full-time service – no exceptions."

I agree and unfortunately, I feel most part-time agents can't handle it. This IS NOT A PART TIME JOB, it's a full-time business.

 

Posted by Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D, & Host of Postcards From Success Podcast (Big Block Realty 858.232.8722) 6 months ago

Ah, you may be preaching to choir on this one, Amanda. This is definitely one of my pet peeves. I've seen some good part-timers, but my general experience is just like yours. Everything is more difficult. 

Posted by Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro (Cornerstone Business Group Inc) 6 months ago

I've only known one part time agent who was worth their salt...his day job allows him to step away when needed and he is Johnny-on-the-spot. However, he's the VERY RARE exception and I can honestly say, there is no way that I could do it - this isn't just a full-time job - it's a double-full-time job!!

Great video, Amanda and I completely agree with you. Our clients are purchasing or selling their most expensive asset and how on EARTH should we expect to give them a 'part-time' effort? It's just not fair to them...or the part-time agent's peers either. Been there, done that too! 

Hope you have a fantastic week ahead!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 6 months ago

Amanda S. Davidson - I had one experience like this and it was very disturbing. The listing agent was new to the business he was just working part time because he didn't want to leave his company. In MLS he disclosed he was related to the Sellers. Of course, this was the house my buyers decided to buy. It was a painful experience all the way through closing. Worst of all, my client was an Attorney and kept insisting, I go with the flow on his time and she'd let me know, if she didn't want to go further. 

I really appreciate your writing this blog post. You're right, there are good reasons why an Agent should be part-time but they should never provide part time services. It literally is a pain for a full-time agent to work around their schedule with not back-up. Also, you're right, there are layers of challenges that can't be foreseen. 

I shivered when I read, "No client should have to contact the agent representing the other party in a transaction for guidance." That is exactly what happens to many agents on the other side of the transaction. This does not align with Professional Standards either. 

This one should be featured. It's a great topic of discussion and you covered the topic like the Professional you really are!

 

Posted by Patricia Feager, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) 6 months ago

Hi Amanda S. Davidson, there are many FT agents who give part-time service, also, many PT agents who do a great job. My buyers decided to put an offer on a home that's Active in MLS, I called the agent, voicemail box full, texted, no reply. Emailed, no answer. He is the Broker/Owner. We're now on day three...

Posted by Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL (Cam Realty and Property Management) 6 months ago

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