Realbate started working in real estate from part-time, but it didn't take long before we realized that part-time just doesn't work. We became full-time realtors only three months after launching career in real estate.
Selling or buying a home is typically a person’s largest financial transaction. Given the weight of the decisions throughout the process, it makes sense to have someone who invests their full professional capacity to serving their client’s interests. In addition, an agent's experience, expertise and professionalism should always be considered.
Part-time agents cannot even answer phone calls. In today's competitive market, missing a phone call can miss out of an offer.
Working in real estate, we always know when we are dealing with a part-time agent because they only return calls at noon or after 5 p.m. — meaning their lunch break or after they clock out from their day jobs. Most of the time, a search of their phone number on google can reveal a different business, e.g. a mortgage broker, or an insurance salesperson, sometimes their numbers even are associated with home daycare, pizza delivery, etc.
Residential real estate transactions can be complicated on many levels, and each market presents unique challenges that require an agent’s full attention to best advise their clients. Part-timers mean lack the local knowledge that can make a difference when it comes to pricing a house. From a market knowledge standpoint, an agent who is fully invested in learning and staying current with their market’s inventory can better advise their client as to the pros and cons of a transaction.
That doesn’t just mean pricing a house. In fact, a lot more goes into selling, including financing, marketing and showing the house in the best possible way. Full-time agents are just better positioned when it comes to using those various skill sets on behalf of their clients because they get more opportunities to hone their skills.
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