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We write regular articles about average real estate agent commission rates, the number of real estate agents working in the Portland metro area, the difference between different types of local real estate licenses, where to find the best real estate agent reviews, best questions to ask when interviewing local agents, and much more. Enjoy!

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What’s the Best Realty Company to Join in Oregon?

May 11, 2022

Choices, choices. There are over 1.4 million real estate agents in the U.S. according to NAR. And according to NAR, there are over 100,000 different Realty companies to choose from, meaning there is one Realty company in existence per 14 licensed Realtors. In Oregon there are over 17,000 Realtors and using Oregon’s license lookup tool I found 319 active registered business names, which means about 53 registered Realty companies to one licensed real estate agent in Oregon. 319 is too many to write about, and in fact, I can only write specifically about the one I’m with, eXp Realty, LLC. However, I’ve been licensed in Oregon since 2003 and have made the rounds. The team I run has sold over...


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How to Fire your Real Estate Agent

April 27, 2022

Okay, okay go easy. If your home isn’t selling, or you’re not finding the home you want to buy, or the real estate transaction you were in fell apart, it isn’t necessarily your real estate agent’s fault. The housing market has its ups and downs, perhaps your criteria to buy a home is too narrow, or perhaps the transaction fell apart because of someone else, not your agent. When it is the real estate agent’s fault, or perhaps you find they simply aren’t the right fit and your personalities clash, here’s a guide on firing your real estate agent today (it is sometimes a process). Full disclosure, I’m a licensed real estate agent of 19 years (Principal Broker in Oregon,...


Top 5 Sites to Help you Choose a Real Estate Agent

April 11, 2022

When it comes time to find a real estate agent, we always recommend shopping around. Having the internet at your fingertips makes your job that much easier. Or does it? While the web offers virtually endless information, not all of it is accurate or trustworthy—believe it or not, fake reviews are something you need to be aware of! So, how do you know when you’ve found an experienced, reputable real estate agent? To help, we’ve put together this guide to help you find the most reliable resources. We’ll also provide some insider insight about how real estate agent review sites work (many of them have questionable practices). 3 Steps to Choosing a Real Estate Agent When choosing a real estate...


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Two Steps to Choosing the Absolute Best Real Estate Agent

December 13, 2021

Let’s say you want to buy or sell a home and you want advise, a local expert to help you sell for the highest price or buy a home in the right area at the right time. How do you pick a Realtor? Hopefully you’re looking at experience (years licensed and sales completed) as well as client satisfaction (reviews and recommendations). These are the two necessary steps to picking the absolute best real estate agent. You’ll need both to find the best available real estate agent. One or the other is not enough! You could find an agent with hundreds of great reviews only to find out they don’t represent actual sales or clients. Or you could find someone with...


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Zillow Agent Finder Alternatives

December 10, 2021

So, you’ve decided it’s time to sell or buy a home. How do you find a reputable and experienced agent to help you? You could go with the agent attached to a property you like or the one showing it at an open house, but how much do you know about that person and their experience? In our 2022 Real Estate Agent Forecast, we reported that after the 1.4 million record high in 2021, the number of real estate agents is expected to grow to 1.55 million in 2022. Oregon has a total of 17,000, and over 8,000 of those are in the Portland metro area. With all these options it can be hard to know where to start. Buying...


How Much do Real Estate Agents Make? 2022 Report

December 3, 2021

Each year, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) releases a report detailing how much real estate agents make. Or in Oregon’s case, how much Realtors make. Not sure about the different between a real estate agent, Realtor, or Broker? Read our article, REALTOR, Agent, Broker – What’s the difference? The 2021 reported median gross income for Realtors was $43,330, a decrease from $49,700 reported in 2020. This decrease while not unusual, as we can see from the graph below, was likely due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. While there was surprisingly still a demand for homes during the pandemic, the market saw a notable slump in real estate inventory in 2021, the lowest in 40 years, according to...


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EXP Realty Exceeds 65,000 Agents, Growing Daily

October 4, 2021

About EXP Realty EXP Realty is a cloud-based brokerage founded on the belief that agents and brokers do the heavy lifting in real estate and deserve the benefits of being shareholders and earning income based on the level of their contribution. The international company’s core values focus on community, agility, innovation, and integrity, along with service, sustainability, collaboration, and transparency. These, along with a focus on fun—not taking yourself too seriously—have, not surprisingly, drawn top selling and buying agents from around the world History of EXP Glenn Sanford founded EXP in 2009 as the first cloud-based brokerage. By 2012, Sanford became recognized as one of the Top 100 Most Influential in Real Estate. After becoming publicly traded in 2013, the...


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How Many Real Estate Agents Are There? 2022 Update

September 3, 2021

We will have another record high number of real estate agents in the U.S. in 2022. Not all real estate agents are Realtors, but the vast majority are, as the vast majority of licensed Realty companies in the U.S. require all of their licensed real estate agents to also carry a National Association of Realtors membership, both a national and state (and sometimes additionally a Metro or County) Realtor membership. The National Association of Realtors requires its members to abide by a strict code of ethics to better serve and protect the public. Realtor is a membership title while the term real estate agent is for a state-issued license. Different states have different license terms for their licensed real estate...


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5 Reasons Why Every Realtor Should Join eXp Realty in 2021

July 26, 2021

1. Online is the present and the future of real estate. Our clients are online. This is obvious. Homebuyers, for all intents and purposes, are exclusively shopping for homes online with the occasional open house stop along the way. Homeowners constantly check their home values online. More and more frequently homebuyers and homeowners are finding their next Realtor online too (whether it is through a social media platform or website). Realtors are online. Realtors primarily work from a smartphone and not an office. The NAR Member Profile Report 2021 says 96% of Realtors use a smartphone and 93% use text as the primary communication method with their clients. Only 25% of Realtors report any office expense whatsoever (exhibit 3-9). Home...


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What Interview Questions to Ask a Realtor Before you Sell a Home?

May 21, 2021

About to interview a Realtor to sell your home? Whether you were recommended to this real estate agent by a friend or you found the Realtor online, the next best step is to interview the agent at your home. Yes, you could interview the Realtor online or on the phone, but we recommend the first step (as long as everyone is comfortable) is to schedule an appointment at the home you are considering selling. This will help you gauge the Realtor’s reaction to your property and help you know if the agent is a good fit for your home sale. 1. What are the Exact Terms of your Cancellation Policy? Okay, I know that sounds like a strange place to...