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I do not.
I do - and they are really worth every penny.
I had an assistant previous and would love to have one now. I would have them do a lot of the faxing, emailing, putting out flyers, taking pictures, returning calls, setting appointments, basically everything I didn't want to do and everything she could legally do so I could keep meeting with clients and selling! I really need an assistant!! I had one that was licensed and one that was not.
Yes, I have a licensed assistant. She does a ton of stuff. Pages!!
I use my husband as my helper most times. We operate very efficiently. His IT, blogging and web design skills help tremendously. Communication is critical for both of us. He is licensed and while not actively working as a Realtor®, he understands that everything has to be cleared with me. Our combined efforts are rewarded with increased business opportunities that might otherwise be missed. I'm fortunate to have him.
If I would recommend a type of helper, I would look for someone that has sufficient skills that will enhance your business. Someone that totally has your interest at heart; not a competitor. That means you might delegate day-to-day, non-real-estate tasks that you can hold them accountable for while you focus on your business.
If someone agrees to work with you as a trainee, understand that there is the risk that business can be diverted to them. If you're ok with it, it's your choice. Again, it's all about trust.
Also, if you need to create accounts for various computer access, I'd provide the minimum needed to get their job done and increase as needed. It's good to keep activities separate just in case things go awry. Of course you might want to confer with a legal professional, as I'm not a lawyer nor do I play one on TV. 😄
Whatever decision you make I'm sure it will be good for you.
Enjoy and have a prosperous 2015.
Hi Esther -- I have a transaction coordinator. Once an agreement is reached, she handles the behind-the-scenes work. She is licensed. She does not interact with my clients but will make sure all documentation is correct in the broker file and may have contact with the other broker and service providers per my direction. She is well worth the money which is paid from the commission I receive.
Not yet, Esther Preston - however planning to have one soon. Mostly part time assistanct to coordinate 'other' things and need not be licensed.
I have had an assistant for 18 years, actually the same one. I can get twice as many mortgage done, as a result.
Sandy will tell you she has me for her assistant. Me? I am too cheap!
I have had an assistant on and off for years. It's a big responsibility to be responsible for someone else's income. You need to be sure you are busy enough to keep them employed. Licensed and non licensed depends on your level of needing help. If you need simple things, unlicensed is fine. Have you thought of a virtual assistant?
I know many agents that use them, I prefer to do it myself as I ensure it is done correctly. Plus, helps with each transaction when I have done it all myself, the details of the transaction.