Everyone At The Party Was Retirement Age

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Real Estate Agent with Remax Realty Group 316581

I just got home from attending a bonfire that was sponsored by one of the local title companies. This party is an annual party, it's a thank you for business. There was no specific demographic invited - the invitation went out to people that had done business with the title company this past year or in the recent past.  I had a great time, but I couldn't help but notice the age of the Real Estate agents at the party (including my husband & myself). At a glance,  the average age of the party goer was about 55-60. There were only a handful of Real Estate agents under 30. I guess an argument could be made that many of the young agents have little kids and when they do go out they don't want to spend their night with other Real Estate agents, or maybe the younger demographic doesn't like company parties or possibly they don't like bonfires.

There aren't that many young Real Estate agents. This was one of the first times it hit me how long I have been in this business (almost 25 years). I am so proud to be a Realtor and and this has been a wonderful career for me.  I really do hope that we have an influx of new young agents come into the business - there is plenty of room for people with enthusiasm and ideas! I also noticed that there was great energy in those older Real Estate Agents- everyone was dancing and having a great time - tomorrow is a work day for most of them, but you would never have known that with all the dancing and partying going on! 

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Roy Kelley
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It was a good party. It is always fun to spend some time with friends. Our thanks to Village Settlements for this annual fall event at Butlers Orchard.

The age group is typical of the successful real estate agents in our area. Smart brokers should be developing younger agents who will better relate to the needs of home buyers.

Nov 07, 2014 07:26 PM #2
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That is interesting, but maybe your right, the younger agents have more responsibilities at home and can't get out of the house that easy...

Nov 07, 2014 09:05 PM #3
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Ann Marie Clements
Remax Realty Group - Gaithersburg, MD
Montgomery County & Frederick County

Joe Petrowsky I attend many events, GCAAR board related, social & spend time with my colleagues. I am always excited to help young people that just got their license. They are the future! 

Roy Kelley I loved seeing you and Dolores and hanging with you!!!

 

Nov 07, 2014 09:10 PM #4
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Alan Gross
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It was a great time last night at Butler's Orchard. Now that you mention it the crowd, including myself, was mostly on the second half of life. Ah - but we all had a great time.

Nov 07, 2014 11:17 PM #5
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Continued success my friend...love catching up with all of what you are doing to create massive success in your business and in your life...

 

chat soon.....

 

 

Nov 08, 2014 02:10 AM #6
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Joy Daniels
Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd. - Harrisburg, PA

I am going to have start paying attention. . . I am in your "age" group and have been in real estate full time for 24 years.  Thank you for sharing your story.

Nov 08, 2014 02:25 AM #7
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Ann Marie Clements
Remax Realty Group - Gaithersburg, MD
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Alan Gross Yep! We had a great time, so nice to see you and hang out with you.

Joy Daniels We had a great time, but I noticed that most of the Realtors there were older.

Jay McHugh It is always so nice to hear from you Jay! You are amazing! Have a great weekend!

Nov 08, 2014 06:42 AM #8
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Belinda Spillman
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What a fun time.  It is funny how the average age is around 50+ in real estate.

Nov 09, 2014 03:37 AM #9
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This sounds like a very unique party Ann Marie, thanks for sharing with us.

Nov 09, 2014 12:35 PM #10
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We have the same problem in our board. The old tried and trues attend the functions and the younger agents are scarce. We are headscratching trying to figure outhow to get them more involved. I do not have an answer.

Nov 10, 2014 12:28 AM #11
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Ann Marie Clements
Remax Realty Group - Gaithersburg, MD
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Belinda Spillman yes it is around 50...I am surprised that there are not more young people in our profession.

Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366 It is a bonfire that our preferred title company throws every year. It is lots of fun!

Nov 10, 2014 04:28 AM #12
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Ann Marie Clements
Remax Realty Group - Gaithersburg, MD
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Debbie Reynolds You are so right! There is always that same group that goes to everything. I am one of those! LOL LOL LOL!

Nov 10, 2014 04:29 AM #13
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Ed Silva
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Nice to hear that you enjoyed yourselves. I see a fair number of younger agents around here and they are ambitious and aggressive.

Nov 10, 2014 05:24 AM #14
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Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
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Ann Marie Clements tough to determine why some attend social events and others do not. My solution is just to try to have fun whereever I am. Works for me.

Nov 11, 2014 01:33 AM #15
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
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A bonfire party sounds real good right now in this cold snap we are having. We only have one title company in town at this time and my hats off to them for being very civic minded like the one you mention. They support just about everything local and always throw great parties to!

Nov 12, 2014 07:21 AM #16
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Suzanne De Vita
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There's certainly room for younger agents. Sounds like a good time was had by all, Ann Marie.

Nov 13, 2014 12:52 AM #17
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Ann Marie Clements
Remax Realty Group - Gaithersburg, MD
Montgomery County & Frederick County

Suzanne De Vita Yes I agree! I think one of the best things about being a Real Estate agent is that you have to stay young and have a young mind. Some Realtors work well into their 80's but you would never know they are that age. They look like they are years younger. They keep their mind fresh and their appearance up to date. Have a great weekend! 

Nov 13, 2014 08:29 PM #18
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Nina Rogoff
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I have noticed that a number of the long-time agents in my market, many of whom are over 70, are not doing that much business. However, there is a good number of younger agents who I've started to see. I agree with your last comment, too, that good agents stay current and that helps them "stay young". As far as I'm concerned, 50 is the new 35! lol

Nov 20, 2014 12:59 PM #19
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Ann Marie Clements
Remax Realty Group - Gaithersburg, MD
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Nina Rogoff I agree 50 is the new 35!! LOL

Nov 21, 2014 07:54 AM #20
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Chuck Willman UtahHomes.me
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Oh. We're everywhere. Walking slowly. Squinting at what-should-be legible text. Telling the same anecdote 12 times a week. But I didn't know we attended bonfires. Excellent pot Ann Marie- I loved it.

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