While I was in line at my local grocery store one day, I looked up and saw a gentleman I recognized at the front of the line. I couldn't quite place him, but I knew I had seen him before. He was somewhat unhappy with whatever was transpiring at the register and as a result he spoke very harshly with the young lady ringing him up. he then demanded the manager come over and really had something of a fit right in front of everyone over what turned out to be an issue with his coupons.
Now forever etched in my memory is the image of this guy going bonkers on a teenage girl so he can get a few bucks of 3 cases of bottled water. Flash forward a few days later and my office is going through the process of switching preferred lenders and they are introducing us to the gentleman that will handle our office for their company and guess what? It's the guy from the grocery store. That's right, the belligerent one.
I have no idea what type of lender he was, but I did have a strong impression of the fellow as a result of my previous encounter.
That's a round about way of letting you know that you never really know who is watching you or when. And while you can certainly look at your real estate business as part time and only list and sell when you feel like it, the problem is that your reputation is a full time job. You will be judged by your actions and if you call yourself a real estate agent, then that's what people will see you as all the time, not just part of the time. They won't see you making an ass of yourself in public as your "personal time". It will make an impression on others and that's your reputation that suffers from it. So remember, just because you aren't working all the time, doesn't mean that someone you could work with doesn't see what you're up to. That could be a fellow Realtor or a future client you know.