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A Shrinking Crowd...What's Up With That?

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A Shrinking Crowd…What’s Up with That?

Today I attended the first day of the annual Tennessee Association of Realtors 2011 Spring Conference in Franklin, Tn.    It seems that every year, there are fewer and fewer people who are attending.  The workshops are always informative and I believe in staying current on changes, trends and general knowledge about the real estate industry. 


I’ve recently obtained the Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR) and Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE) designations and classes for both definitely had room for more attendees.   I know for some, it seems the market is slow.  I’m staying very busy working with my clients and by obtaining these designations.  Of course, I’m at the office tonight, catching up on email and paperwork.  These hours and the work ethic it takes to be successful is not for all…could that be why the crowd is shrinking?

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Larry Bergstrom
Crescent Realty, Inc. Spanaway, WA. - Spanaway, WA

Ken, don't allow other agents apathy to influence you.

Mar 21, 2011 04:11 PM
Roger Davidson
DiSalle Real Estate Co. - Maumee, OH
Maumee, Ohio Real Estate


I believe you are absolutely correct about the hours and work ethic.  When I took my original classes to get my license 8 years ago the instructor told us all that less than half would be in the business in two years.  That sounds about right.

Mar 21, 2011 04:14 PM
Robin Dampier REALTOR®
Coldwell Banker King - Hendersonville, NC
Hendersonville & Western NC Real Estate Source

I think keeping up with learning and training classes is very important in real estate as other businesses.

I also think more and more sales associates can't/aren't able to make a living continuing in real estate.  We've lost quite a few agents in our area and the economy is tightening the spending belt of others in attending functions/classes and marketing.

It's great you are staying busy and we find the business is still there it just isn't going to fall into your lap like manna from heaven and you have to work harder.

Sue of Robin and Sue

Mar 21, 2011 04:23 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

The other day, I asked a friend if she was going to an upcoming Tech Conference.   This Realtor was a six-figure Top Producer back in the day.   But she told me point blank, "I cannot justify the expense at this time".

The number of booths at Trade Shows, and the Number of Attendees at State and National Conventions,  is definitely going down.     Sign of the times.   :(

Mar 21, 2011 05:26 PM
Rob D. Shepherd
RETIRED - Florence, OR

I have noticed less attending events. Some have lost the drive and don't give a rip.

Mar 21, 2011 05:33 PM
Diane M. Phillips Realtor 443-286-4365
Frankly Real Estate Inc. - Manchester, MD
Specializing in Carroll Co., MD

Kenneth ~ Keeping our heads in the game is key. It’s easy to get sucked in to the depressed mentality.

Mar 31, 2011 02:15 AM