So I was recently at the dentist, and the hygienist, Scott, started telling me about how a lot of hygienists, if they're not working 40 hours a week, will become real estate agents for like Tuesdays and Thursdays, for example. Well, I wanted to give a little time dedicated to telling you a little bit about the difference between someone who works in real estate a couple days a week, and someone who works full-time in real estate, or seven days a week like I do.
So there are a few things that you should be aware of. Real estate can be a professional job, and you can have professional Realtors, or they can very much be a part-time job. And that's because the barrier of entry to real estate is very, very low. So keep that in mind as you're interviewing agents who might help you buy and sell. That said, a part-time agent is typically someone who is looking to make money on the side, and is trying to do real estate as a way to do that.
Now, there are a few things you should be aware of. A part-time agent probably doesn't have as much experience, because they're only doing it one to two days a week. They probably don't know the market as well. They're probably not interacting with clients every single day. And they're probably just not selling as much. Because if you're only doing to a couple days a week, then you're probably not gonna be selling as much as if you're working five to seven days a week.
Now, contrast that without someone who is a professional real estate agent. This is, I hate to say it, basically what I live and breathe. Essentially every single day I am looking at homes, looking at new listings on the market, studying market data, negotiating a contract, out with buyers, or with sellers, talking about buying or selling their next property. So I get a lot more exposure to the market as a full-time professional Realtor. Now, that is a very different level of service than someone who is working part-time.
I think there's this big conception that real estate agents can do whatever they want, make their own schedule. Well, that's not really the case. My schedule is defined by when my clients are available to me. And so basically, almost seven days a week I am typically working and studying the market, and out seeing homes. So there are some major differences as you consider someone who might be a part-time Realtor, maybe they're a family friend, and a professional, full service Realtor.
So keep that in mind as you're interviewing your next agent for whichever home you're planning to buy or sell. If you have more questions about what you think you should be asking an agent as you're interviewing them, don't hesitate to reach out. We have our top five questions to ask agents as you're interviewing. And I'm more than happy to share that with you. And, don't forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel if you like this video and other videos like this about the real estate market, or Seattle real estate specifically. We'd love to hear from you, don't hesitate to reach out. You can call, text, direct message, or email us, we will always be available to chat with you. Thanks for tuning in, we'll see you again next week.