In boom times, Real Estate License schools had full classes. Ozark Brokers had the pick of the crop to boost their company sales. I didn't keep track in Shell Knob of new members added to our local board in recent years, but the rolls filled out.
Some have said that slow markets in real estate are also good for business, because they weed out the hot shots who took the cream of the sales, but did not plant roots to see them through a recession.
As 2010 ended, the number of listings that expired was huge, and may have been a reflection of business added by new agents, who may have listed properties at any price, just to get a listing.
As the annual bills came due for agent licensing, and Multiple Listing fees needed paying, the now non-productive agents are leaving the business. The MLS service we have in Shell Knob, lost 30 agents this month. I am going to miss some friends and cohorts, but it is a sign of the times.
Call Joan for Listing or Selling Your Home 417-846-7128
Tri-Lakes Realtors 417-858-2209