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I would suggest a full time buyer's agent but a part-time agent can get the job done, too. It's most important that you find someone who work diligently for you, regardless of how many hours a week they work. Many Realtors do not have set hours, rather we work "around the clock". Find an agent who is sensitive to your needs in particular and is familiar with the area you are looking in.
Part time agents are part time for a reason, there's still plenty of full time agents who can give you great service. Interview up to three agents and find someone you are comfortable with.
Good luck on your home search, it's a great time to buy.
Michael Doyle Realtor
Well that is one of the first things you can ask a local agent where you are looking. I would suggest interviewing several to find the right one for you. I myself am a full time broker and do not know how some that are part-time can do it if they can. If you like I can refer you to a top agent in your area for you to interview with. Our international network handles referrals like this everyday. So if you are having a time finding ones to interview just let me know.
Coldwell Banker Triad
Take the time to explain to the agent candidates what your idea home is, and where it is located. Don't rush, explain the items you attributes the home must have, and the ones you simply prefer. Let the agents know the amount you are approved for, and the amount you want to spend. And then, ask each agent what their plans are for getting you into that home. Do they have contacts in the neighborhoods? Does their brokerage get a lot of listings in those neighborhoods? Can they get you into homes before the open house? Get a sense of their demeanor. Do they get frustrated from being askes so many questions or do they enjoy sharing?
Also, a part time realtor is not so bad, just depends if the part of the day they work is different from the part where you are free to look at homes.
The right buyers agent will make you feel comfortable and you should easily trust them after becoming acquainted. If you don't feel secure you will know that you did not choose the right person. I would recommend asking family, friends and acquaintances about their experiences with agents in your area. Interview several until you find one that you feel will get the job done. I would suggest only signing a one month buyer agency just in case something doesn't work out. If after one month you haven't found your dream home and you feel that your agent has done a great job resign that buyer agency until you do. Some companies (like Century 21) offer what is called a Buyer Service Pledge which holds agents to higher standards. If they don't perform their duties as stated in the pledge you then may "fire" them and go elsewhere.
I will say that my husband and I only work "part time." Neither of us has anything that takes away time from our clients except our children. We work from home more efficiently then if we would be sitting at our office. If we have someone to take care of and appointments to meet we simply find a sitter and take care of our clients. We just refuse to spend the money marketing ourselves and also to involve more than just the two of us in our transactions (meaning we don't have assistants, other team members).
If you just follow the suggestions of all below and these you will have no problem. You should choose who you feel most comfortable with.
Hope this helps you,
This will not be a popular answer. In general, as you can see by the answers below, PT agents are sometimes seen in the industry as uncommitted, undisciplined, or just poor salespeople. It is an honest answer, however, and may help you to decide between the two options. I disclose to my clients up front that I have limited availability, and if I will not be able to meet their needs, I refer them to somone in my office who can. I can tell you that I have only had to refer 2 clients to a full time agent within the last 7 months. I currently am working with a pool of 4 sellers and 8 buyers in various stages of the process. I hope this is helpful, best wishes on your search. Stacey
A referral is always the best way to go. If you need one please contact me at Space@elliman.com.
Im sure there are some great part time agents but I dont know any that are on call 24/7. If you get a few referrals make sure the person has expierence. Good luck :)