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Defining real estate part-timers

Debate over hours worked vs. quality of service

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Necessity has driven some real estate agents to take up a second job or even a third job to make ends meet during these challenging economic times. And some agents have relegated their role in assisting buyers and sellers to part-time status while awaiting a market recovery or weighing an exit from the real estate business. Margaret Woda, an agent and associate broker at Long & Foster Real Estate in Crofton, Md., had this advice for part-time agents: "Use this down market to build the infrastructure for your business and obtain advanced training.  When the market turns around, you'll be ready to hit the ground running as a full-time agent."She added, "Some part-time agents can easily balance a part-time real estate career with another job because they are skilled at multitasking or they have a flexible schedule at their other job which allows them to be available for serving their real estate clients."Ruthmarie Hicks, of Keller Williams Realty in Westche...