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Real Estate Is Easy!
When the market is hot, Real Estate looks easy.
Maybe real estate is easy and it's people that are hard?
The number of agents goes up too!
(50% of the licenses out there are not Realtors ie. not NAR members. So not all sales agents are Realtors).
Here's the stats:
2013- 1.04 M. NAR agents and 2.08 million total sales people with a license. 2014- 1.10 M.  NAR agents and  2,20 million total sales people with a license. 2015- 1.23 M. NAR agents and 2.46 million total sales people with a license. 2016- 1.70 M. NAR agents and 3.40 million total sales people with a license.
Some sellers think, "The agent put a sign in the yard, did nothing and it sold = no skills."
Well sure that happens, but even in a hot market, you have to price well, negotiate well, manage-sort and qualify multiple offers well, problem solve well, etc.
The public thinks getting the home sold is the hard part, that's 1/3 of the work at best, the real work begins at the opening of escrow.
For those of us who were in this business back in 2007, we know what reveals our skills; going through the Great Depreciation of 2007-2011, our competence and character were revealed. You either quit ... more

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