Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors)

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John McCormack, CRS
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If you're a full time Agent you know it.  No questions.

Apr 26, 2015 11:52 PM
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Muhammad Mushtaq
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I have part time agents, producing more than full time agents. It is all about work ethics, not full or part timer :)

Apr 26, 2015 12:15 PM
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Barbara Todaro
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both can be considered full time....now my question is "who is productive".... there are agents who can devote 2 hours a day, and they make money.... there are other who spend 60 hours a week and make pennies....

Apr 26, 2015 08:08 AM
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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Back in the 1990s, Sacramento had a recession that lasted several years.  It hit the real estate industry hard.  At the time, I took a "temporary" job at a software development company.  In no time at all I was selling homes to the software engineers and developers, who worked there.  That temporary job ended up lasting over 8 years.  And, they were also among my most productive real estate years as well.  So, the line of part-time and full time agent got blurred a little.  I think some hang on knowing the difference, when the answer isn't quite that clear!

Apr 26, 2015 12:36 PM
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Michael Jacobs
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Hi Gita -- an age old real estate question.  

For me it's not so much full versus part time but the level of service that matters along with the results achieved.  

Apr 27, 2015 01:51 AM
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Takia C. Walker
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I consider myself a Full Time Agent and I also work for an Attorney Full Time. I am the Sole Paralegal and have lots of flexibility at the Law Office. My Attorney understands if I need to go show homes or meet with clients. As a matter of fact, he's even okay with them meeting me in the conference room at the Office! I make time for working my Real Estate Business through the day and also my Paralegal duties. It's a very small Law Office so it's easy to work both.

Apr 27, 2015 01:01 AM
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Apr 26, 2015 02:22 PM
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Frank Rubi
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Gita Bantwal I believe it all depends on the agent. I have a part time agent who produce as much as a full time. As long as they are doing their work I can care less how they manage their time. 

Apr 26, 2015 02:20 PM
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Chris and Dick Dovorany
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I do not believe it's anyone's business how many hours a certain person puts in.  Call yourself a full time Realtor if you like but whats wrong with merely "Realtor"?

May 01, 2015 07:01 AM
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I agree with Barbara T. and Joe P.  I have been on both sides of the spectrum.  It's more about productivity and doing what's right ethically and morally!

Apr 30, 2015 02:10 AM
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Richard Robibero, e-Pro, ABR, SRS
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I like John McCormack 's answer. When I was doing it part time I know for a fact that I was making more sales than some full time agents. However, I would never tell the client I was full time.

You just know it. No need to count hours, days, etc.

Apr 27, 2015 11:24 PM
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Nina Hollander
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A full time agent is one who has no other outside employment, as far as I;m concerned.

Apr 27, 2015 09:08 PM
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I think a full time agent is someone that devotes full time hours to their real estate business.  If a 2nd job takes away from that, I don't consider them full time.  If a 2nd job is in addition to that, I'd consider them full time.

Apr 27, 2015 04:25 PM
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Brenda J. Andrew
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That's a good question.  I guess it would depend on if the agent who works 7 days a week but only a few hours a day can really get back to people in a timely manner.  If someone works another job from 8-5 and can only answer calls and emails between 5-midnight I don't know if I consider them full time.  If they are working every day then they should be considered fulltime regardless of the hours.  The one agent who doesn't have another job - should find something to do during the day - there is always something that could be being done.  In this case they may be the ones considered not to be full time.  

Apr 26, 2015 10:57 PM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I love all the comments. Thank you for answering the question. 

Apr 26, 2015 09:15 PM
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 I think that that could be defined as primary income.

Apr 26, 2015 07:11 PM
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Gita - I think anyone whose primary income, and time spent working, is spent on real estate would be considered a full time agent. If and agent is only working when they have clients, then I would say they are not doing a very good job at their job.

Apr 26, 2015 04:07 PM
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Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint
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I do not consider hours worked for agents status as full time.  Rather that Real Estate is their ONLY job.  You either are or not full time Real Estate.  Mark

Apr 26, 2015 03:20 PM
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John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
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A person who has a “full-time” job and also sells real estate is not a full-time agent.

An person who works 40+ hours per week in real estate but is not making ends meet so takes an additional job to supplement income may be a full-time agent.

An agent who works 2 days a week and makes enough sales and income to satisfy their needs…a full-time agent, I guess.

Seems difficult to give a clear-cut, absolute answer to your question.

Apr 26, 2015 02:01 PM
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Evelyn Johnston
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I think a full time agent is someone who depends on their time and talent to produce income by listing and selling real estate.

Apr 26, 2015 12:35 PM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
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Gita Bantwal I agree with Debbie Reynolds. It's the spare time agents I wonder about.

Apr 26, 2015 11:49 AM
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Debbie Reynolds
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I would say it could be the agent that puts in 40 hours or more however they get that in. It doesn't matter what days as long as they are covering their business.

Apr 26, 2015 11:13 AM
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James Dray
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I agree with Barbara Todaro, it all just depends

Apr 26, 2015 10:14 AM
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William Feela
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A full time agent puts Real Estate before any other job he may hold.  Many have part- time jobs andif they ge in the way, the agent is NOT full time.

Apr 26, 2015 10:00 AM
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Sam Shueh
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same here. If you have no other income and use RE as the only source and actually try I consider you are FT.  Most realtors are 24/7 so not miss a call or leads.

Apr 26, 2015 09:48 AM
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Spirit Messingham
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Good question.  I consider myself full time because it is my only job, which I happen to work 7 days a week.  

Apr 26, 2015 08:37 AM
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Joe Petrowsky
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All of my LO's are full time, it doesn't matter to me, how many hours they work, but rather how productive they are.

Apr 26, 2015 08:35 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
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It's all a matter of perspective.

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Tammy Adams ~ Realtor / Podcaster
Maricopa Real Estate Co - Maricopa, AZ
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I have a unique take on this. I think a full time agent is someone that regardless of the number of hours they spend they dedicate the time needed to ensure thier clients get the service they deserve. Some of us do it 7 days a week (us fools..lol) and some do a great job with much fewer.  If their clients are happy and get excellent care, who are we to judge?

May 03, 2015 03:25 PM