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Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

From my point of view as a Lender, it's more about availability and being capable timewise to facilitate actions regarding your transaction.  If an agent is unavailable because they are working elsewhere (especially during the day when most real estate-related businesses are open/available) it can be a real problem gaining info needed to move a transaction forward.  Days can be lost.  Unfortunately, this happens ...  


Jun 09, 2015 11:33 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

If the service, knowledge and communication is there, it doesn't matter to me.  There are many agents spending 40 plus hours a week "working" but have no production.  

Jun 10, 2015 03:13 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I know crappy full time agents and great agents who have other jobs. I think it depends on the person and their work ethic.

Jun 09, 2015 02:38 PM
John Pusa
Glendale, CA

Martin, I don't think it matter much, with advanced technology and majority of buyers and sellers are not available during regular business hours. 

Jun 09, 2015 01:22 PM
Virtual Realty Consultants
Virtual Realty Consultants LLC - Wellesley, MA
Making the American Dream a Reality

My clients insist on using a full-time REALTOR.  In return, I expect them to enter into an exclusive buyer's agency with me.  It's the price of hiring a professional.

Jun 09, 2015 09:47 AM
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

Provided they do a good job, I could care less how many hours it takes them.  Remember the old adage, if you want something done, ask a busy person!

Jun 09, 2015 09:15 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

The agent matters more.

Feb 10, 2019 06:55 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Full time and yes

Apr 07, 2018 05:51 AM
John Meussner
Mortgages in AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, IN, MD, MN, MT, NC, NJ, NV, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI - Fair Oaks, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Fair Oaks, CA 484-680-4852

As Gene Mundt, Chicago-area Mortgage Lender - said, as long as they're available, it doesn't matter.  Some people spend their free time fishing, sewing, drinking, or what not - why should we care of someone's free time outside of real estate is spent at another job?

It really comes down to availability and focus - if they're unavailable and cannot focus on real estate because of another job, then that is a detriment to them & the industry.  If they're available and focused on real estate, I don't care if they have 10 other jobs.

Jun 11, 2015 03:10 AM
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

Martin, I don't think it's a question of full time or part time, it's more a matter what the quality of service and meeting client expectations.

Jun 10, 2015 10:30 AM
Spirit Messingham
Tierra Antigua Realty - Tucson, AZ
Third Generation Full-Time Realtor® 520 471-6900

I think it does.  To take care of your clients to the best of your abilities, helps to do this full-time.  Not after work at another job, etc.   Time is of the essance, hard to follow that when you are working another job or not doing your job for your clients, representing them is a full time job in my book.

Jun 10, 2015 12:19 AM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Martin. I don't like part time anything when it comes to the real estate or mortgage business. I won't refer to a part time agent.

Jun 09, 2015 07:24 PM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

I dislike working with part-time agents. Part-time service.

Jun 09, 2015 06:47 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I have no idea who you can be a part time agent. Most of part times I knew, left the business or keep their license only for referral deals.

Jun 09, 2015 05:08 PM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Martin - I am absolutely full time, but I don't think it has mattered to the buyer or seller for many years now. I remember back in 2005 there were lots of part-time agents and they were doing just fine. Most agents work with people they know, and the clients of the part-time agents know and understand that they have another job.

Jun 09, 2015 03:30 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Being knowledgeable and available matters and it is hard to do if you are part time. After a while buyers and sellers catch on and so do other agents. 

Jun 09, 2015 11:20 AM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

In my opinion it makes all the difference in the world.  Everyone wants instant information right now, just as soon as they ask a question they are looking for the answer.

Jun 09, 2015 11:12 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

I don't know. 

What does part time mean?

Is the subject agent working the grave yard shift at the foundry and real estate during the daylight hours?

Or is the subject agent working the floor at Designer Shoe Warehouse during the day and real estate after 7 PM?

Does it matter? You bet.


Jun 09, 2015 09:56 AM
Cindy Davis
SD Home Source Realty - San Diego, CA

I think full time is better for clients. It is part of our job to be available for them at their schedules.

Jun 09, 2015 09:23 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

It is much more difficult for part time agents. 

On the other hand, several of the agents that I have hired to work part time have gone on to own their own successful  real estate companies. 

Jun 09, 2015 09:16 AM