Full-Time vs. Part-Time Real Estate Agents: What Does That Mean for You?
Whether buying or selling a home, it’s important to know if your real estate agent is working full-time or part-time. Working part-time is convenient for the realtor, but it often doesn’t work out so well for the client. There are some inherent problems with part-time realtors that you should consider before making any commitments.
Although many real estate agents work part-time, they often under perform for these reasons:
The realtor is simply working for extra income. It’s great to make some extra cash, but it is unfair to the client if there is no passion for the industry. When it comes to the real estate industry, passion is required!
It’s unlikely that a part-time realtor will attend enough classes and seminars to keep them up to date with industry news and changes.
Part-time realtors have a much smaller window of time available to their clients. If the realtor works elsewhere, then showing houses, open houses, and closings all must happen outside of regular business hours. You will be working their hours and not when it is convenient for you.
As the name implies, a part-time realtor can only focus on your listing part of the time. During normal business hours, their focus is on other commitments and your home or future home must wait. With a shortage of homes on the market, you may miss out on your dream home if your agent is not available to show you homes as soon as they hit the market.
A proven track record is invaluable for a real estate agent. If an agent is only working part time, they may not have the work history that you need to feel comfortable.
This is not intended to say that a part-time realtor won’t do a good job for you. The goal is to make it clear that there could be issues. I am a full-time, full-effort Realtor® committed to helping you buy, sell, or research your next Metro Atlanta home. I am passionate about what I do, and will work hard to help you through the entire process!
For more information about the Atlanta area real estate market, please email me at email@example.com or call me at 404.918.2500.
~ Ed Short, REALTOR®