ActiveRain Members - Are We Experienced or What?

Real Estate Agent with Utah Homes 9334967-SA00

I don't know how many of you have followed the many articles dealing with aging in the modern workforce. Maybe it's a non-issue for some of you for reasons that I will share later.

There's an excellent article from the Harvard Business Review titled "How Do We Combat Ageism? By Valuing Wisdom as Much as Youth" Its author, Chip Conley, states "Although the Age Discrimination Employment Act of 1967 prohibits discrimination against people 40 and older, a recent survey by AARP showed that two-thirds of workers between the ages of 45 and 74 said they have seen or experienced ageism."

Although we've celebrated the world wide web's 30th birthday recently, the average tech worker was unlikely to have had any experience using the early Internet. Either they weren't born yet or were still trying to master the toddler environment:

Median age of employees working at selected tech and online companies as of April 2016. (Source:


AOL: 27
Facebook: 28
LinkedIn: 29
Salesforce: 29
Google: 30
Apple: 31
Amazon: 31
Ebay: 32
Adobe: 33
Microsoft: 33


I work in real estate. Some would say that we have been slow to adopt technology while others have celebrated how we've embraced technology, making it possible to know more about a home before you actually step foot inside.

Also, the average person who practices real estate probably remembers the birth of the Internet.They were likely old enough to vote, go to war, or raise a glass to the invention.

Labor Force Statistics from the Current Population Survey


Real estate brokers and sales agents: 48.9

Property, real estate, and community association managers: 49.8

Appraisers and assessors of real estate: 51.4


So... if you are a person visiting this place to find a real estate professional you've probably noticed something. As you look at the faces on ActiveRain you may wonder if we're a bit on the autumn side of life. It's probably because we're the typical faces of the industry.

If, however you're a newcomer who comes to this site to participate as a member of the industry, welcome! We all were all new at one point. Hang around this place. Profit from the experience of those who have done a deal or two. Also, share your observations; you'll find that we tend to be a group who is forever interested in learning from those whose experience will enhance our own.


Bonus Statistic- Although this post has been about age, let's also discuss gender. According to the latest statistics from the National Association of Realtors, the average real estate agent is more likely to be female (63%). 


Chuck Willman helps people buy and sell real estate in the state of Utah.


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Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA
Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate - Wilmington, DE
Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS

Chuck-Sometimes the youngsters need the voice of experience to guide them.

Mar 13, 2019 07:44 PM #4
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

Interesting age statistics, but not surprising! The average real estate agent has experienced much, both in terms of technology and in terms of life. Both are quite useful in what we do.

Mar 14, 2019 03:06 AM #5
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Chuck. This is really interesting but frankly not that important in my view. We are what we can do.

Mar 14, 2019 05:46 AM #6
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

Ageism continues to be a very real problem. It's nice to be the majority in at least one industry. Nice post.

Mar 14, 2019 04:18 PM #7
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Chuck- love this!!!  I don't have statistics on this but from what I've seen most agents bring with them real life experience...they've been renters, buyers, and sellers themselves. They have worked in other industries, professions, etc. Rather than being born with a device in their hands, they've had to adapt and readjust how they do things after all of the tech apps and devices made an appearance.  I'd say that we old farts have done pretty well. 


Mar 14, 2019 06:10 PM #8
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

When it comes to critical things involving life and death and money, experience matters!  Real estate, of course, is one of those.  Tech isn't, literally, a life and death matter although it may seem like it when our cell phone or computer isn't working properly.

The thing about the tech industry is those that are working in it really started when they were just kids so those 28 and 30 years olds probably have 15 years "experience". 

Mar 15, 2019 05:12 AM #9
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Chuck Willman the real estate business is one of the rare ones that affords the participant many different avenues to travel as aging happens.... I'm 72 and still participating but with marketing.... I can do this and make referral fees until I can't think anymore....and it can be done from anywhere....

Mar 16, 2019 03:21 AM #10
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Great post-Chuck Willman  you are right on. I work in an office I call the boys club mostly men. Not the usual office also I have also noticed the younger fellows are knocking the balls out of the ballpark So glad Carol Williams  included this in SCS refreshing post  

Mar 16, 2019 08:14 AM #11
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224


                           Thank you, Chuck 

Mar 16, 2019 05:28 PM #12
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I think, as ususal, it depends upon the agent. I've seen old thirty year olds. Having experience, necessary skills, a curious mind, and a desire to best serve our clients can happen at any age. 

Mar 17, 2019 09:20 AM #13
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

There are no shortcuts to an education based practice seasoned with successful experience...and you will likely find that here in the Rain.

Mar 17, 2019 03:22 PM #14
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


Interesting post, for a number of reasons! The voice of experience, and value, is NOT always a young one. But it's not just about age.


Mar 17, 2019 08:14 PM #15
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

I write for real estate agents and brokers, and the majority of my clients are 50+. I write a lot of agent bios, and I'm fascinated by the experience and skills my clients bring to the business from a variety of other careers.

The toughest bio I've ever written was for a young man just out of high school, but there was a saving grace. He'd grown up in a real estate family.

Mar 17, 2019 08:29 PM #16
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

The older you get, the harder it is to learn new technology...we all deserve some credit for being able to keep up as well as we have! LOL

Mar 18, 2019 07:59 AM #17
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Wonderful post, Chuck! Living and working in San Francisco and the Silicon Valley, I see huge numbers of young people (they work at many of the companies you site.) My husband and I are definitely outliers. 

Mar 19, 2019 09:00 PM #18
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

You gain wisdom from inherent or earned experiences, yet many people are incapable of gaining wisdom because of their behavioral lifestyle. Depending on the industry, rating a performers performance on their age might not be quantifiable or conclusive. 

It's been said that most young people are liberal or identify themselves as being liberal until they grow older to about age 40 and begin to transition into being a conservative. What caused them to change? 

Some adapt and adopt changes quicker than others, yet, many do not, however, to be fair comparing certain industries to the IT,  technology or other industries IMO aren't reliable factors to compare performances due to age. Regardless, an interesting and informative post. 

Mar 20, 2019 06:53 AM #19
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

My husband has been reading articles about 35 being over the hill in the tech industry.  Your data here would prove that.  


Mar 26, 2019 08:29 AM #20
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Chuck what an awesome post I am shocked that it did not get the coveted Gold Star, where is the Feature Button? Oh that is right it went out years ago....Endre

Mar 30, 2019 11:04 PM #21
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Chuck, this is interesting, and was thinking the average age of a real estate agent was in the 50's, must have gone down.

Apr 03, 2019 03:16 PM #22
Monica Hill
RE/Max Associates - Wilmington, DE
the REALTOR to help you discover Delaware

Interesting post, Chuck! We need to be mindful of the wisdom we bring to the table and open to learning new techniques so that we remain current with our younger clientele. 

May 19, 2019 06:42 AM #23
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