Housing rebound attracts new real estate agents
WASHINGTON – July 2, 2014 – National Association of Realtors® (NAR) membership has resumed normal growth patterns after a sizable decrease in recent years, with its roster swelling to about 1.05 million agents last month.
Florida, meanwhile, has seen some of the biggest increases in the profession. Nearly 41,000 applications for real estate licenses were filed in the Sunshine State in 2013 – a 35 percent increase from the year before, according to Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR), though not all licensees become Realtors.
By contrast, Florida saw only about 49,000 applications in 2010 and 2011 combined.
According to Tom McGlamory, a broker and career consultant with Keller Williams in Lakeland, people are attracted to the real estate profession by the idea of setting their own hours and making lucrative deals. However, getting to that point requires hard work and dedication.
"A lot of people have a false impression of what real estate is," he says. "I want people to understand it takes time and a learning curve before they're successful."
McGlamory says he currently fields as many as a dozen inquiries a week from prospective Realtors. Interest has been so high that Keller Williams started its own real estate school in downtown Lakeland late last year, charging $250 for a program that includes 63 hours of course work required for licensing in Florida. To date, nearly 60 students have completed the program.
Source: Lakeland Ledger (FL) (06/30/14) Kennedy, Kyle
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