How Many Real Estate Agents Are There? 2022 Update

how many real estate agents are there

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 agents. In Oregon, for example, licensed real estate agents are either Brokers or Principal Brokers. In Washington, they are Brokers or Managing Brokers. Confused? Read our article comparing all the names used for real estate agents here.

Number of Realtors in the United States by Year

  • 2006 – 1.35 million
  • 2007 – 1.33 million ↓
  • 2008 – 1.19 million ↓
  • 2009 – 1.11 million ↓
  • 2010 – 1.06 million ↓
  • 2011 – 1.00 million ↓
  • 2012 – .99 million ↓
  • 2013 – 1.04 million ↑
  • 2014 – 1.09 million ↑
  • 2015 – 1.16 million ↑
  • 2016 – 1.23 million ↑
  • 2017 – 1.30 million ↑
  • 2018 – 1.35 million ↑ (passed previous record)
  • 2019 – 1.39 million ↑
  • 2020 – 1.4 million ↑
  • 2021 – 1.48 million ↑ (new record)
  • 2022 – Forecast – 1.55 million ↑

How Many Realtors are there in Oregon?

The Oregon Association of Realtors reports they have over 17,000 Realtor members in the state. In 2017 OAR reported 16,000 members, so we know it has grown by a 1,000 or so over the last few years.

How Many Realtors are there in Portland?

Portland Metro Association of Realtors website reports over 8,000 members, and they previously reported 7800 in 2017. The East Metro Association of Realtors member directory has 536 Realtor members listed. This means the Portland metro has a little more than half the Realtors in the state of Oregon.

What is the fastest growing Realty company in the world?

EXP Realty now has over 60,000 Realtors and has been consistently adding a thousand or more a month to its roster for a number of consecutive years. We are proud members of this innovative international company that serves all fifty states locally and clients around the world. We write a report on EXP Realty each year and updated it so it stays current. Read 5 reasons why every Realtor should join EXP Realty. If you’re licensed and considering your options, give us a call.

Thinking of getting your Real Estate License?

We wrote an extensive guide to getting your real estate license in Oregon and updated it every year to ensure it stays current. If you’re thinking of getting your license for the first time, talk with our chatbot or give us a call today. We’ve helped guide a lot of new agents into successful real estate careers.

Top 1% Real Estate Team in the U.S.

According to RealTrends we are a top 1% real estate team in the U.S. We serve Portland, Vancouver, Salem, and Bend metro areas. If you’re thinking of buying or selling a home in the next 12 months in any of these areas, we’d love to talk with you today.

September 3, 2021

Stephen FitzMaurice

Stephen FitzMaurice, Realtor is a top 5% real estate agent in the U.S. A Principal Broker in Oregon, Managing Broker in Washington, he has been licensed since 2003 for residential real estate sales. Call his team in Oregon at 503-714-1111 or in Washington at 360-345-3833.

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