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Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

This is a broad question; 'success' is different with each individual. So is 'full time'.

Nov 24, 2017 08:53 AM
Liz and Bill Spear
Transaction Alliance 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
Transaction Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

I guess it depends on what you define as parttime and successful.  For all intents, Liz has been on an extended break from real estate for about the last five years.  During that time I've continued to work my full time job as an engineer for a Fortune 500 company (I've been there for 26+ years) and taking care of all things real estate for us.  I don't really consider real estate a parttime job, but a 2nd full time job.  In 2016 I closed 25 sides.  This year I'm down on that to only 13 (I eased off a bit due to some early year health issues) but thanks to about 1/2 our business being related to our patio home niche business, the price point is good.  Bill

Nov 24, 2017 08:40 AM
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

I have had a few transactions with part time did I know they were part time?  Because when it became a challenge to get prompt responses or the proper paperwork, I looked up their production and saw they were typically doing one, maybe 2, transactions a year.  Often they were not on top of changes to the contract, that sort of thing. 

Of course, who knows if that is because they are part time or because they just don't care enough to stay up on the market and changes, which could be true of many full time agents, as well. 

Bill Spear is a prime example of how successful someone can do if they have the right attributes. 

Nov 24, 2017 08:37 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

ABSOLUTELY!  Liz and Bill Spear! Bill is a full-time engineer so, orgainzation and dedication seem inherent to him and he not only sells real estate, he dominates a niche!  

Nov 24, 2017 07:51 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Nathan Gesner Yes I have. However, these agents put a lot of time into this business. Although they may have had another primary job, they were not spare time agents.

Nov 24, 2017 09:15 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

The few times I was in contract with a part-time agent it was a challenge beyond challenge. They were not available and non-responsive to phone calls and emails.  

That said, Bill Spear is part time and manages working with his wife Liz. Tagging is not working for me right now. 

Nov 24, 2017 08:20 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I know a few who appear to be, but then I dont ask them for bank statements to confirm that they are success either.


Nov 24, 2017 02:40 PM
Dennis Swartz
Full Circle Property Management - Columbus, OH
MBA, GRI...experience counts!

Years back I knew a teacher that closed 20-25 per year, every year, and taught school full time.

Nov 24, 2017 12:44 PM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

I have not - I have however known a few semi-retired agents who maintain a decent income doing part time sales/referrals - which is my ultimate goal as well!

Nov 24, 2017 12:39 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

There has to be someone out there ....

Nov 24, 2017 10:57 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

no...not anything that satisfies my definition of successful...

Nov 24, 2017 09:53 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I've not worked with any part-time agents.  Haven't seen them since before the bubble burst, but I'm sure they're out there.

Nov 24, 2017 09:25 AM
Maria Sapio
Keller Williams of Central PA - Carlisle, PA
Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA.

I agree with Candice A. Donofrio 

Nov 24, 2017 08:55 AM
Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

Not personally Nathan Gesner - though if that were the case, I'm sure they are part of a Team, so that others would fill-in when they could not be there.

Nov 24, 2017 08:49 AM
Christine Kankowski North SD and Temecula
House Match Inc - Poway, CA
Excellent Sales and Property Management

Some yes, especailly if they used to be full time agents and now are semi retired. 

Nov 24, 2017 08:48 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Yes, but only a very select few and it depends on how you define success.

Nov 24, 2017 08:28 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Many of them.

Nov 24, 2017 08:10 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Please define part time?   and successful?

I do know successful real estate agent who have a side hustle. Diversified income streams was a KW hustle some years ago, perhaps still is.

Those who most predictably can succeed in real estate and keep a full time job are those whose emplyment is essential to their vertical market. They would be police, fire figherts, teachers,  national companies, healthcare technical workers and even military, but that is a really hard one.

Nov 24, 2017 08:00 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Yes, only one. He had a full-time job and sold real estate part-time. He was a natural with a flexible schedule. His real estate income paid for his kids college education and weddings. Once they were raised he gave up real estate!

Nov 24, 2017 07:51 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Can't say I have. But I wouldn't necessarily know if someone were parttime unless I was in a transaction with them

Nov 24, 2017 07:45 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Yes, it is like that guy who wrote a book: 4 hour work week. It is never about the quantity of hours you invest in your work. 

Nov 24, 2017 11:42 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

That is hard to answer but I have a part time agent that has 7 deal her first year working part time

Nov 24, 2017 03:09 PM
Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT

I don't know any PT'ers that live off the PT RE alone. I am sure there are people that do though. 

Nov 24, 2017 12:48 PM
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

Part-time and successful need to be defined. I wouldn't consider Bill Spear part-time even though he has a career as an engineer too, I'd consider him full time in two careers. I know some part-time people who do a couple of deals a year and that's all they want to do so they consider it successful. However, I have a hard time believing that if that is all you do you have a good knowledge of the ever-changing marketplace, financing changes, etc that are hard to keep up with if you aren't in the thick of it day in and day out. And I don't think those kinds of agents are doing a service to their clients. -Kasey

Nov 24, 2017 10:48 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Yes. There are many part time agents in Northern VA that do ok. "Successful" is defined differently by different people.

Nov 24, 2017 10:39 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I am sure they exist but to what extent or details or results...who can say

Nov 24, 2017 10:13 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Many who have a great high paying job start out as PT. Then two FT. They need to choose what works better. In our area, unless you are working 50-60 hr a week you can not make 7 figures commission but not from other benefitted FT job.


Nov 24, 2017 08:28 AM
Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Nathan, I'm sure there might be a few in our market, but I don't know many. In our 1000+ agent pool, about 80 of us do 80% of the sales. We're all fulltime. I have multiple part-timers working for me, and they all put in a lot of hours when they're on a deal. Most sell 3-5 houses a year. That is success for them. I guess that's it boils down to, how do you define success?

Nov 25, 2017 08:10 AM
Anthony Acosta -
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker


Nov 25, 2017 07:39 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I don't know who works part time and who works full time.

Nov 25, 2017 07:19 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Nope, hard to be done without the support of a full time agent wh carrys themo

Nov 25, 2017 05:52 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

They are rare , but yes I've known a couple

Nov 25, 2017 05:23 AM
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Eighteen Years Experience in Brevard County

Some have already said it... success depends on an individual's definition - not someone elses.

Nov 25, 2017 05:17 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041 nailed this one!

Nov 25, 2017 04:23 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel


Nov 25, 2017 02:38 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I started out part time and felt like I was successful. I worked smart. After a couple of years I was full time though.

Nov 24, 2017 09:48 PM
Mike Rock
Complete Design - Granite Bay, CA
Granite Bay Luxury New Construction...For Less

ends on the meaning of successful. the answer is yes 

Nov 24, 2017 08:07 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I think Liz and Bill Spear gave you an anser,  A

Nov 24, 2017 07:44 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Success deoends on the person.

 But, yes I have but not very many

Nov 24, 2017 07:16 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

All my mentors and agents I admire are full time with boundaries and staff.

Nov 24, 2017 05:58 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

In a word, no.

Nov 24, 2017 02:24 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

BLiz.  The man is a phenomenon. 

See Debe Maxwell, CRS answer for more on Liz and Bill Spear 

Nov 24, 2017 01:43 PM
Dave Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
Making Realty Dreams a Reality #WeWillGetYouHome

Suppose that depends on the definition of success is and who is looking at it.

Nov 24, 2017 01:28 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I started in this business part time for the first 8 months, and finally decided it should become full-time.  I was making more PT than I was at my FT job.

Nov 28, 2017 08:14 AM
Steve Bracero
Heisler and Mattson - Shrewsbury, MA
First Time Homebuyer and Investor Specialist

Interesting read, the overwhelming answer is no.... I would think most- don't make it past 18 months or 2 years 

Nov 26, 2017 03:11 AM
Dave Halpern
Dave Halpern Real Estate Agent, Inc., Louisville, KY (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

Maybe successful for them but not for their clients.

Nov 25, 2017 01:31 PM