Thursday, December 6, 2012

Real estate field attracts younger agents

MIAMI – Dec. 6, 2012 – Realty agents entering the business in South Florida are on the younger side, based on an annual survey of students by one of the region’s larger real estate schools. According to Larson Education Services, about 15 percent of its graduates this year fell between the ages of 18 and 24 – nearly double the 8 percent in 2010.

Southwest Florida is a bustling real estate hub, with more than 9,300 active agents and brokers in Lee County, 6,200 in Collier and 2,800 in Charlotte; but a growing number of them are in their 20’s and 30’s.

Many young people are attracted to the open-ended nature of property sales, with no boss to report to but themselves; and their familiarity with social media and Internet savvy gives them a bit of an edge in the field.

“They’re on top of the tech stuff,” says broker/associate Steve Koffman of Century 21 Sunbelt in Cape Coral. Koffman says about a quarter of the 18 agents on his team are under the age of 33.

Source: Fort Myers News-Press (FL) (11/15/12) Hogan, Dick

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