What differences do you see (good and bad) between full-time and part-time agents?

Asked by Trulia Charlotte, Charlotte, NC Mon Apr 8, 2013

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Daniel Fisher, Agent, Charlotte, NC
Tue Apr 9, 2013
Good morning.
Which agent you choose to represent you depends on whether you are purchasing, selling, leasing, renting and whether your transaction is for investment, personal or commercial use, and whether the real estate is local, national or international. Choosing an agent should be based on their training, education and their skill with research, negotiation, finance, marketing, documentation and other activities that will be associated with your transaction. When I have someone speaking for me and advising me on decisions, I want someone who is really smart and experienced in their profession. If an agent is slow to respond or does not provide accurate or timely information required to make your decisions, they are probably not the right agent - regardless of whether they are working in real estate full time or part time. If you appreciate an answer, please give thumbs up. For the most helpful answer, please say thanks with a best answer click.
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dave, Agent, Charlotte, NC
Tue Apr 9, 2013
There is not much good with part-time agents over full time agents. Before I got into the Real Estate business was in the auto industry selling cars and worked my way up to management. When I first broke into the auto business a wise man told me that for some people a vehicle is going to be the largest purchase they make in their life time. And the second largest purchase anyone else will make in their life time. Make sure you treat them with the respect they deserve and give them all the necessary information to make an educated descsion. You ewant them to come back to you and trust you forever.

Carrying that over into Real Estate; purchasing a home is the largest single purchase you will make in your lifetime. Whether it be in selling a home or buying a home or both. With so much at stake in the transaction why would you want to trust your tranasaction to a part time agent that cannot devote the time and energy to ensure you are getting the best representation when you need it.

I have come across transactions and deals where the other agent was part time and worked another job. Because of that the comuunication lines were non existent or very long gaps. She expalined that she had another job and this was part time for her and had to call when she got off of her other job. Needless to say, that client lost a buyer for their house in my client and when i fchecked on the house to see what it sold for; I found that it eventually expired after almost a year on the market.

Being in Real Estate and working for a client they deseerve our utmost attention and time and detail to their transaction. We are not doing our clients a justice by serving them as part time agents. They are hiring us to represent them in either a buying situatuion or a selling or both with their largest single purchase....don't they deserve the help of a ful time agent?

Dave diCecco
Coldwell Banker United
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Michael Cheng, Agent, San Jose, CA
Tue Apr 9, 2013
The difference is between good and bad agents. Being full or part time doesn't really matter. A good part time agent will be able to arrange schedules so that you would still have great service.
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