That's a good question. I don't believe that anyone should sign an "Exclusive Buyer's Agency Agreement" until they are confident that the agent will be able to provide the level of service that you are looking for. Many Agents will push this agreement right from your first meeting. Don't get pushed or pressured. Regarding Part-time Agents, it depends on their level of committment & schedule. I tend to agree with you that it is harder dfor them in this market.