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Nick Fletcher, Real Estate Pro in Minneapolis, MN

I will be working a full time job until I can earn enough to be a full tme agent. How would I work with clients while holding down my job?

Asked by Nick Fletcher, Minneapolis, MN Wed May 1, 2013

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Hi Nick,

Not only should you have a colleague working with you, but that colleague should be acting in more of a mentor capacity to guide you while you are learning the business.

Good luck,

Barbara Grandolfo
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed May 1, 2013
Depending on your current market activity I will say it's nearly impossible. I work full plus time in Real Estate and finding it very difficult to be 100% effective.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat May 4, 2013
Dear Nick,
Well you will be working a lot of hours. But in the beginning you might not have too many clients, it takes time to build a Real Estate Business. Hopefully by the time you get going, you can reduce your job hours. Most Real Estate work is done off hours and on weekends anyway.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri May 3, 2013
If you want to work part-time, work as an assistant to a full time successful Realtor®. You will need their advice, consul, educational opportunities and most of all their years of experience. If you complete 2-3 years of “apprenticeship” then you should be ready to be a full time successful Realtor®. Good Luck! PS for others who read this post I strongly believe this is the best way to break into the business on a part-time basis, at one time we were all new and with that being said most new agents cannot provide the skill at their trade that the experienced Realtors® who perform 15+ transactions per year achieve. Clients in this industry suffer greatly from hiring their friends/agents (low transaction) to help them find a home, a referral without credentials and a track record means little or nothing.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu May 2, 2013
HI Nick,

One idea I have for you is to become a "New Homes" agent. These are the folks that work for one developer in a sales office at the development or at a model home. Since most new homes agents have to work weekends, you could start by relieving others part-time on weekends. It would be a good way to learn the business. Also, at least in times past, new homes agents make very good money. They don't have to do as much self-promotion or take buyers all over the place looking at property. The buyers are coming to them and the developer is marketing the property.

I would suggest going into some new homes communities in your area and talking to the agents on duty.

Good Luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 1, 2013
Nick, although I've always been a full time agent, I have had office associates who were not. Many teachers are also Realtors. If you have a Smart Phone and can learn how to accomadate your clients by setting a business like attitude. When someone calls tell them can show them a property at this time, and give them more than one choice. There is no need to tell them your working, just tell them that these are the times you have available. Even as a full time agent, I don't tell them I'm going to a nephew's birthday party or I'm getting my hair done (usually I miss the first two appt. because im too busy) or you have 10 other Buyer clients. Because all your clients always seem to assume they are the only one who needs you.Just tell them you have other appointments scheduled and always give them when your open,
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 1, 2013
Nick, that's the $64,000 question.

How do you make yourself available to show property, to handle negotiations, inspections and showings, during a normal business day, if you're holding down a 9-5 M-F job.??

You might see if you can make an arrangement with a colleague to cover you, when needed, for a percentage (or even a flat-fee) of the transaction?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 1, 2013
Alan May, Real Estate Pro in Evanston, IL
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