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Real estate often seems like a fun, easy, high-paying career to outsiders. But it seems even more appealing to people when the market is hot, like it had been over the past few years. Couple that with a pandemic that caused people to either lose their jobs or simply look for something they’d rather do for a living, and the past few years saw the number of real estate agents swell to record numbers.

But now that interest rates have risen — causing many buyers to either hit the sidelines or get priced out of the market — a lot of real estate agents are calling it quits. In fact, 60,000 agents have left the business in just the last 6 months alone, according to this Axios article, and more will likely follow.

This isn’t surprising to anyone in the business for the long-haul. It’s not the first time it happened, and it won’t be the last. Whenever the market seems like it’s going great, a lot of people hurry to get their license, and hurry just as quickly to the exit door the minute they realize it isn’t as easy, fun, or lucrative as they hoped it would be.

Now this isn’t to say that an agent necessarily got into it for the wrong reasons and is doomed to fail and leave the business, just because they got into the business in the past few years when the opportunity looked good. Agents who eventually stand the test of time get into the business every year, regardless of whether it’s a “hot” market, slow market, or somewhere in between. But a lot more people become agents each year who don’t survive past a year or two, even when the market is smoking hot!

Here’s What It Means if They’re Working Through the Downturn
What is telling is when an agent stays in the business during a downturn. While many agents are leaving the business, and more will continue to leave over the coming months, there will be some who work through the changing market conditions and manage to survive.

Whether an agent has only recently become licensed, or they’ve been in the field for years, here’s what it means if you see them working through a tough market, rather than leaving the business:

They’re not just in it for the money. There are a lot easier ways for someone to make money than being a real estate agent in the best market. But if they’re sticking with it in the toughest market conditions, it’s a sign they’re not just trying to cash in on what seems like a lot of quick and easy money.

They’re dedicated to helping people through difficult times. Buying or selling a house is stressful for many people, regardless of the market. But it can be even more stressful when the market is shifting. Any agent working through the current market conditions most likely cares deeply about making the process as smooth as possible for their clients, but is also prepared to help guide them through the rough moments.

They’re determined to succeed. It always takes dedication, focus, and determination to succeed as an agent, but if they’re driven enough to stick with it when times are tough, it’s a safe bet that they’re determined to succeed…

Here’s How to Help Make Sure Your Favorite One Survives
Regardless of whether an agent is a grizzled veteran of the industry, or brand new and still establishing themselves, the support of their family, friends, and past clients is critical to their success no matter what the market is like. But it’s even more important to support an agent you care about when the market is slow, or there just aren’t enough houses to sell.

Here are some things you can do to help make sure your favorite real estate agent is able to survive in the current market:

Don’t avoid talking to them about real estate. Some people avoid talking about real estate to the agents they know because they think the agent will try to convince them to buy or sell a house. Most agents don’t expect you to buy or sell a house with them, and aren’t going to push you to make such a major life decision just so they can earn a living.

Be empathetic and supportive. It’s not uncommon for people to ask real estate agents if they have a back-up plan, or even if they’re going to get a “real” job when times are tough. Rather than making a negative or pessimistic comment, try saying something about how impressed you are with their dedication to the business when other agents are leaving it. It could be just the jolt of confidence and pride they need to make through a tough day, week, month, or even their entire career. Don’t underestimate how much your support can put some wind in their sails.

Send them referrals. If you hear about anyone who’s thinking about buying or selling a house, make sure to tell them how great your favorite agent is, and put them in touch with each other.

Write them a review. If you haven’t already written them a testimonial or an online review, doing so will not only help them land new clients, but it’ll also give their spirits a boost and keep them motivated.

You don’t have to actually buy or sell a house to support your favorite agent. Simply doing any of those things will go a long way in helping your favorite agent get through the current market, and will be greatly appreciated!

While many people scurried to get their license when the market was “hot” and it seemed like a fun, easy way to make some big bucks, many of them will also leave the business as quickly as they came the minute the going gets a little tough. In fact, over 60,000 real estate agents have left the business in the last six months, and more are sure to follow.
If you know an agent who’s working through the shift in the market, it’s a sure sign they’re in it for the long haul, and aren’t just in it for the money. Do what you can to support them by sending them referrals, writing reviews, and of course working with them if you’re in the market to buy or sell a house!

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What my clients are saying  

Barry is the best in the business! He exceeds expectations and truly cares about the people he is working with! Thanks Barry, we look forward to working with you again.


~ Kelli Joy

"Great experience would use Barry again. All worked out well. Excellent experience."


~ Collette

First time home buyer, and he was great to work with! I will definitely be using Barry in the future! Best guy in the business!


~ Jon K.

"Pleasure to work with. Answered all of our questions and always responded promptly. Made his schedule flexible to fit ours. Overall great experience."


~ Brad

"Barry helped my husband and I buy our first house. A lot of people advised me when I started talking about the home buying process that it was very stressful and time consuming. Yes, it felt a little stressful but I have to say buying our first house was a smooth transaction. Barry was excellent with communication. I prefer using my email since I don't always have my cell phone on me. Barry was very quick at replying to all my emails and was always very polite. Barry was also very professional when setting up showings for us, showing the house and at closing. When we received a counter offer on the house from the owner I wasn't sure how to go about it. Barry walked me through all possible options. The options he gave with his opinions felt trustworthy (he wasn't just trying to make the sell). I also really liked that Barry was laid back. He has a calm and friendly demeanor, made him a pleasure to work with!"


~ Katarina

I chose to work with Barry because he was recommended by a good friend. Barry was amazing. The process went smoothly because he constantly kept us up to date on EVERYTHING. I have already recommended Barry to a few people.


~ Liz

I was purchasing this home from out of state and Barry carefully chose a beautiful home for me and my price range.He carefully listened and answered all questions and was always available.I would highly recommend him!This was the perfect place to come home to.


~ Mike

This realtor is more on selling your home and investing his time and money into it. He works with you and is very respectable of your home. I have not found another realtor that cares about you selling your home instead of how much money they make. He is the best by far!! I have also heard from others how nice this person is and how helpful he is; who goes out of his way to please!


~ KT N

Barry was wonderful to work with, especially as I was a first-time home buyer and being completely novice with the home buying process. From working with me on affordable homes and proffering advice, and knowing when it was right to delegate concerns as appropriate, Barry definitely knew my needs and interests in a home. His approach is no-nonsense. Definitely not pushy. On the contrary -- On the day I saw the home of my dreams, there were still a couple homes on the list to check out and he had asked me if I was sure I didnt want to see them. I'd said no, but it was fantastic he encouraged me to try one or two other homes. But even my mum has an old adage - when the right house is found, one knows straightaway that is the one. And he was very helpful for a post-sale issue too. Am most grateful! And he's right - living in Wisconsin is fantastic. Barry is highly recommended - again, much thanks!


~ David

If you are looking for a new home Barry Shaw is your guy. He is excellent! He found us the home of our dreams and helped us with all of our questions through closing. Thank you Barry!!


~ Robb

Barry understands all the emotions you go through when buying/selling your home. He responded to emails quickly. He set up home showings quickly for my husband and I to view. His negotiation skills are excellent. I highly recommend Barry to sell your house or find the house you always wanted! He found the perfect house for my family.


~ Jennifer

It was very enjoyable to have Barry show us houses in Prescott,WI. and surrounding areas. He was responsive in showing us the homes we were interested in, with no pressure. He was very helpful.


~ MC

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