There is nothing wrong with doing part time but you need to take it "seriously enough" because you are putting your reputation and the company's on the line with ivery nteraction of potential clients and the community.
I know a lot of part time and full time agents. I know PT agents that have become successful because they have to allocate their time very seriously, not saying a full time agent does not. you are a self employed person if you were work with a brokerage.
I believe a broker would be more concern if you not committed to the process. One thing I found real estate class did not teach was the actual business of generating income in real estate and this is a serios committment. From finding a mentor, conducting open houses, creating some leads, showing properties, listing appointments, buyer presentations, continued education , sales meeting, county, state, regional, & national conferences to attend.
What happens when your clients call and want to see a home Wed at 1pm?
There are two types of brokers (or sponsors) - one will be against a part time agent (not available for training, therefore potentially more liability), and another one being ok with your part time presence - as long as you make them money.
Check out different brokerages, and see where you'll fit best.
Fee structure depends on how much training/corporate influence is involved.
More corporation flavor - less money to agent, unless a super producer...generally speaking.
Hope this helps,
Beachfront Realty, Inc.
What do you mean by needing an agency to "sponsor" you. If you are seeking a broker to pay for your training/license/fees etc. for a seriously part time individual, this would be a very hard sell.
On the other hand, it you are speaking of obtaining your license and paying your own way, you will find that there are many agencies that welcome agents with part time ambitions. However, you may want to set your sights a bit higher because income from only a couple of sales a year may not be enough to cover your basic expenses.
There's always room for new agents, full and part time but the test of time usually sees committed part timers fall by the wayside once they realize what they have gotten themselves into.
Best wishes with your decision.
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