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PART-TIME AGENTS

Can a part-time agent really make it in today's real estate world?  Many people get into the business thinking of it as more like a hobby than a business.  

Most experienced agents will agree that you can't do a good job part-time. With another full-time job the average agent is either too tired or not flexible enough to devote the time needed to have a real estate career. If you have no money in reserve, you will quickly need to revert to the full-time job.  

One idea for getting into the business is to work part-time for a busy agent or team. This gives you valuable experience in the field you really want. It's also a way to get a close-up view of what really happens and how all the paperwork is handled, what is said to prospective buyers and sellers and how to handle problems.  

Every person in our office who tries to be an agent and still have a full-time job has dropped off the radar screen. My opinion is that it is better to figure out how you can live with no income for several months and go full throttle into real estate. It's very easy to get frustrated after a few months and go in another direction. Like any other business, it takes more than a license to be a success.  

Roxanne  

Comment balloon 3 commentsShannon Moore • August 03 2006 09:06PM

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I did a post asking about this very thing, whether being a realtor should be a mandatory full time job. Very interesting comments made.
Posted by Jacqulyn Richey, Las Vegas Real Estate (Prominent Realty Group) over 13 years ago
I agree. Teamimg up with a full time Realtor is an excellent way to get your foot in the door. There are many heavy hitters who would love to have some help and would be willing to teach you. Successful people love sharing their knowledge. Real Estate just like any other business requires capital. When I first got in the business I spent a lot of time finding money. Fortunately it didn't take me long to get up and running.  
Posted by Bryant Tutas, Selling Florida one home at a time (Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC) over 13 years ago
Funny thing is....many REALTORS who don't have other jobs (PT or FT) treat their real estate business like it is PT, but say they are FT REALTORS.  So I believe it often depends on the person. We have several part-timers in our office that are productive because they have the will and the want to be successful.  Other full-timers just walk around and complain instead of productively building their business.
Posted by Louann Nudi (TOVIJE Enterprises, Inc.) over 13 years ago

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