Can you work part time in Real Estate? Just passed the state exam.

Asked by Mable Bargeman, Los Angeles, CA Mon May 6, 2013

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Ron Rovtar, Agent, Boulder, CO
Thu May 9, 2013
Hi Mbarge: You have received a range of answers to your question! As some have noted, getting a real estate business going can take a lot of effort. But there are options for part timers. If you want to always be a part time agent, then you will need to find a company that accepts part timers. There are a number. However, if your goal is to eventually make a full-time career out of real estate, then you might want to find a successful agent who seeks a part-time assistant. It can be hard to learn the ropes on your own when you have limited time to devote. But you will learn a lot in a relatively short period by working with an experienced agent.

Good luck,
Ron
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Cindy Davis, Agent, San Diego, CA
Tue May 7, 2013
Congrats on passing your exam. You can work part time...it's not always easy, but you certainly can.

I would start your real estate career part time and keep the job you have right now. It takes a number of months to get ramped up. There is a lot to learn AFTER you pass the exam.

Good luck.
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Linda S. Cef…, Agent, Franklin, WI
Tue May 7, 2013
I began my real estate career with a part time thought in mind. Once I actually started working as an agent I quickly realized that this would be difficult to do.

There are a couple of sayings in the real estate world:

If you're slow, plan a vacation. The phone is sure to start ringing off the hook - happened every time to me.

If you're slow, paint a room. The minute you dip the brush, the phone will ring off the hook - also proved to be true.

If you work part time, it will be the hours you pick for your OTHER career that your clients will need you, the phone calls will come in and that will be the only time they can close.

Just my experience.
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John Arendsen, Agent, Leucadia, CA
Tue May 7, 2013
You can work part time in anything. But don't expect the rewards of a full time effort. I can't tell you how many RE agents I've known who enter RE with a part time mind set who are no longer licensed or who ever became truly successful in RE.
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James Furlong, Agent, Brookline, MA
Tue May 7, 2013
You can be part time in real estate, use it as a second income. The more time you put into it the more you will get out of it. Many local,non-franchised offices will have a rental division which is a great place to start and to learn. Good luck - it is a great industry for the right person.
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Lance King, Agent, San Francisco, CA
Tue May 7, 2013
You can, but I have yet to see anyone be very successful who takes the approach, because the business of real estate doesn't go by a clock. When clients want to talk to you they aren't going to wait till you're done with your job for that day.

That said, if you're willing to devote your weekends to real estate you might be able to partner with a successful agent and get to the point where you can go full time, but if you were coming to me with that approach I'd want to make sure you are serious and have the skillset to make it work.
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Tammy Moallem, Agent, Calabasas, CA
Tue May 7, 2013
Yes! Don't give uo your day job, work part time and learn the industry as much as you can. Within 20 years of real estate, I hardly know any agent work full time!
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Al Goldberg, Agent, Beverly Hills, CA
Mon May 6, 2013
We are hiring.

Al Goldberg Broker
800-765-3609
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Laura Coffey, Agent, Santa Clarita, CA
Mon May 6, 2013
If you want to work part time I would look into being a license assistant. Today's buyers and seller's want someone on call 24/7. I would join a team of some sort.
I work everyday. I mean everyday, even if it's just phone calls or emails.
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Victoria Rom…, Agent, Clifton Park, NY
Thu May 9, 2013
I think it's possible to work as a part-time agent, but I would only expect to get business from family and friends in that situation. I agree with others when they say, "Would you hire a part-time agent?" What about a part-time attorney? It's the same idea. Unless someone really knows you, the likelihood that they will be comfortable using and trusting a part-time agent is slim, I think.
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Al Goldberg, Agent, Beverly Hills, CA
Wed May 8, 2013
Hi,

Thanks for the thumbs up.

We are hiring with a part time hourly salary. Would you like to interview with us to earn while you learn?

Al Goldberg Broker
800-765-3609
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Jim Simms, Mortgage Broker Or Lender, Louisville, KY
Tue May 7, 2013
If you were a buyer or seller would you want to hire a part time agent? Will you tell your clients you are only working in real estate part time? I have a hard enough time getting to the closing table with agents that work 60 hours a week. But I need the security… we all do.

Jim Simms
NMLS # 6395
JSimms@cmcloans.com
Financing Kentucky One Home at a Time
Web Reference:  http://jamessimms.com/
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Pacita Dimac…, Agent, Oakland, CA
Tue May 7, 2013
Congrats....

But passing the test is a mere drop in the bucket of things you need to do to be successful.

You can work part time...but the results may not be what you expect. Successful realtors devote their time and energy to this profession, constantly learning, constantly growing, constantly interacting to turn leads into sales.

While you are still building your business, start building your good habits.

Start by learning from the pros and other voices of experience.
Read:
Millionaire Real Estate Agent
http://www.amazon.com/Millionaire-Real-Estate-Agent-Money-It…

21 Things I Wish My Broker Had Told Me
http://www.amazon.com/Things-Wish-Broker-Told-Professionals/…
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Ken Dorfman, Agent, Los Angeles, CA
Tue May 7, 2013
Yes and there are ways to make it a very rewarding experience. Feel free to contact me and we'll talk.

Ken Dorfman,
Broker
Kenneth B Dorfman Real Estate
DRE# 675912
Phone: 888-846-0688
Email: Ken@TheRealEstateOffice.Biz
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Judi Monday,…, Agent, Green Valley, AZ
Tue May 7, 2013
Congratulations on passing the RE exam! Like most things in life you will get out of real estate exactly what you put into it. More than 6 years ago I walked away from a CEO position to pursue my RE career and can tell you there is no way I would be doing as well as I am today if I had tried to do it part-time. If you aren't in a position to pursue it full time consider some other alternatives--like working as a licensed assistant to learn the ropes. Wishing you all the best in your new career.
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KWCareers, Agent, Atlanta, GA
Tue May 7, 2013
The one thing that you are guaranteed with a real estate career, is a real estate career. How successful and how long it is, is up to you. This is not a career where you check the 'full-time' or 'part-time' box pr clock in or clock out of. . Either you have a full-time mentality or you just will not be able to compete with all of us that give a full-time effort. Technology is an amazing leverage tool for new agents to give a full-time effort even though they might not be able to completely commit to a real estate career. If you utilize social media, blogging, craigslist and your consistent and persistent with your lead generation efforts, the results will allow you to break through in the industry. Here is a great resource for understanding how top agents are successful. Good luck!! Thanks Carol! http://moving-careers.com/blog/
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Bill Eckler, Agent, Venice, FL
Tue May 7, 2013
You can certainly do real estate part time but unless you take the right steps, you could be building a very good case against yourself to not be successful. Others have mentioned the possibility of getting connected with a team or partnership of some sort. This would help greatly and also give you the appearance of being a full timer.

Even as a part time agent you should be committed to putting in a full time effort. So much of an agent's success is the result of what is done behind the scene. That can be very early in the morning or very late at night. What you may find is what you thought would be part time is really much more than that!

Congrats and best wishes.....

Bill
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Blanca Dover, Agent, Camarillo, CA
Tue May 7, 2013
Congratulations! Yes, you can work part-time to start but as you build your clientele and find your niche you will find that once you get busy it will be hard to do both.

Blanca Dover, REALTOR

Century21 Hometown Realty
Cell: 805-427-5646
Fax: 805-421-5378
Website: http://www.blancadover.com
Web Reference:  http://www.blancadover.com
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Dorene Slavi…, Agent, Torrance, CA
Tue May 7, 2013
Dear Mbarge,
Many Realtors do work on a part-time basis, but I notice they mostly work in a "team" situation with other full time Realtors. Some Franchise Brokerages frown on the part timer, but others do not have an issue with it. Make sure you sign on with the right company so you are not pressured in your decision.
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Tammy Moallem, Agent, Calabasas, CA
Mon May 6, 2013
Ok people come down! And good selling!
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James Sanchez, Agent, Burbank, CA
Mon May 6, 2013
Sure you can. It comes down to how you make the time you do work, work for you. Once you get a system down you can better set your time. With todays technology it is easier to be in contact with clients and even look houses up in your spare time. But even though you might be doing it part time, there will be times when you will have to spend a little more time on certain issues that come up.

Good luck!
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John Souerbry, Agent, Fairfield, CA
Mon May 6, 2013
I agree with Laura, joining a team provides support from other team members and mentoring from the team leader. Look for that in your first "hanging." I know 3 agents who work less than 10 hours a week and make over $200k per year. Success comes from signing clients, not doing the dog-work.
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Tammy Moallem, Agent, Calabasas, CA
Mon May 6, 2013
Congratulation! Yes you can work part time, however, plan very carefully how to spend your time for best result. Treated just like any other job. Work!
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