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A 'glut' of agents, low inventory, and a down market mean part-timers now make up the majority of real estate pros. What does that mean for clients — and the industry?



This week: A “glut” of agents, low inventory, and a down market mean part-timers now make up the majority of real estate professionals, according to the Consumer Federation of America. What does that mean for clients — and the industry?


If you feel like you’ve had a down year, you’re probably right. But if you’ve sold two or more homes, you’re doing better than almost half of your brethren and sistren in the real estate industry, according to the industry watchdog Consumer Federation of America.


In its new report, “A Surfeit of Real Estate Agents 3: Abundant Jobs, Inadequate Mentorship, and Few Sales,” CFA highlights what it calls a “glut” of more than 1.5 million agents nationwide selling between 5 million and 6 million homes per year.


Around the same time, we got our first confirmation that membership was down at the National Association of Realtors. While that’s no doubt due, in part, to the year’s scandals, lawsuits, and other Very Bad Things, it’s also undoubtedly because many agents simply didn’t sell enough in 2023 to make it worth re-upping.


49% of agents sold either 1 home or none at all in the past year


According to the data, 49 percent of the agents in the four areas surveyed sold either zero homes or only one in the previous year and 70 percent sold five or fewer homes. The median number of sales was two. More than a third of the agents, 37 percent, didn’t sell a single home, Stephen Brobeck, a CFA senior fellow and the report’s author, told Inman.


EXTRA: It’s official: NAR reports first full-year membership dip since 2012


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By Christy Murdock




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