Due to the overwhelming success of our Real Estate Agent Income Guide in 2018 and 2019, Real Estate Express is back with an all-new guide stuffed with the latest income statistics from licensed real estate professionals across the United States.
In December 2020, we reached out to thousands of licensed real estate agents and brokers to better understand the tactics and strategies used to drive income. Having almost tripled the number of responses from last year at just under 6,000 participants, this year’s guide casts a more accurate picture of what real estate professionals are earning and the factors that influence those earnings.
While some insights remained the same (real estate agents still boast a higher career satisfaction rating compared to the average worker in the United States), there were others that were a bit more surprising. Below are some highlights from the guide. (To access the full guide, click this link).
Insight #1: Real estate income is on the rise
Despite fluctuations in the real estate market, 65% of real estate agents reported earning more in 2019 than they did in 2018. This statistic is even higher for real estate brokers, with 78% of brokers reporting earning more in 2019 than they did the previous year.
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Insight #2: The COVID-19 pandemic had little to no effect on the real estate industry
In this new question from last year’s survey, we asked participants if they have had less or more business as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. While safety precautions such as social distancing have made activities such as door-knocking, open houses, and networking in person more difficult, lower mortgage rates and technology advances allowed most real estate professionals to conduct business as usual.
Insight #3: It pays to specialize
Similar to last year’s results, this year’s results clearly show that specializing in a niche is key to earning more income. This year, the most profitable niche was luxury homes with an average income of $83,508, while last year’s most profitable nice was foreign investment with an average income of $111,293.
Insight #4: Investing in yourself is money well spent
While some individuals may be hesitant to invest in their professional development and continuing education, those who do see significant returns. Participants who indicated that they were experts at investing in professional development reported an average income of $86,545, while those who indicated that they failed in this area reported an average income of $36,123.
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