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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

In real estate, there really isn't much of an "average" agent.  Either you are above agent or below average.  The average is brought up by the high producers, skewing any possibility to determine a true picture of "typical".  
When I was an active agent, I set a limit on myself of 12 listings at any given time. I have no idea how typical that is.  

Jan 29, 2017 02:00 PM
Rainmaker
3,641,796
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Given the 80/20 rule with the bottom half of the 80 at very near zero, I would guess the number from NAR would be under 5!

Jan 29, 2017 01:48 PM
Rainmaker
2,558,450
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Whatever that number is...I can assure you there is always room for more

Jan 29, 2017 01:44 PM
Rainmaker
2,887,096
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

"Average" Agent ... what does that mean?  Is an Average Agent defined by the number of listings they have per year? 

Jan 29, 2017 01:48 PM
Rainmaker
1,748,874
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

A lot of agents are strictly Buyers agents so they have none a year. When I started out I represented both and I was happy to have a dozen a year. Today I'm comfortable with about 60 a year HOMEiZ.COM HOMEiZGROUP 

Jan 29, 2017 04:45 PM
Rainmaker
795,196
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

NAR may have some sort of a stat for that, but with the 80/20 rule, some exclusive buyers agents, some exclusive listing agents, etc I don't think it would be a very useful statistic.-Kasey

Jan 29, 2017 02:35 PM
Rainmaker
3,499,651
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

No such thing... some agents only work with buyers and they no listings. 

Jan 29, 2017 02:15 PM
Rainmaker
4,926,477
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

I have no idea.  It depends on the agent and their reach in their community.  A

Jan 29, 2017 01:37 PM
Rainmaker
1,356,571
Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

It depends on the individual. 

Jan 30, 2017 05:26 AM
Rainmaker
5,890,764
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Not many for the average agent.

Jan 30, 2017 03:36 AM
Rainmaker
3,066,356
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Richie Alan Naggar nailed this one!

Jan 30, 2017 03:29 AM
Ambassador
4,254,665
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I have no clue. No really sure what "average" means.

Jan 29, 2017 10:28 PM
Rainmaker
3,061,531
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

It depends on the agent and the market.

Jan 29, 2017 08:22 PM
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3,306,363
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I went to a RE convention where a new agent was receiving an award for listings and sales. She had one listing and sale in nine months but made $475k in commission. Another agent had 96 sales and 126 listing but he specialized in mobile home sales in parks.  He made a fraction of the other agent. 

We all serve different markets and no one is average!

Jan 29, 2017 08:19 PM
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Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA
FrankRubiRealEstate.com

I don't know, but I do know my numbers that I have to reach to remain in business 

Jan 29, 2017 07:47 PM
Rainmaker
466,544
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

This is a really hard question to answer. So much depends on your market, how long you have been in the business, your sphere of influence. For instance, during the recession, the "average" real estate agent (who stayed in the business) had a lot of listings which didn't sell. Today, the "average" real estate agent in our business, if they can get a listing, sell it very fast.

Jan 29, 2017 05:45 PM
Rainmaker
3,985,581
William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

2-3 maybe.  So many part time agents that do even no deals a year.

Jan 29, 2017 05:19 PM
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1,308,302
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

Average is as close to the bottom as it is to the top !

Jan 29, 2017 04:08 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

What is an average agent?

Most agents do not survive so they are likely near Zero.

Those agent who do survive likely vary quite a bit depending on what type of market they deal in.

Jan 29, 2017 03:38 PM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Like Debbie Gartner, I would say it's less than one. Some agents are only buyers agents and some agents may only sell one a year and that's typically on the buy side.

Jan 29, 2017 03:37 PM
Rainmaker
1,050,732
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

My listings fluctuate between 40%-60% of my annual business.

Jan 29, 2017 03:25 PM
Rainmaker
3,961,712
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

I have no idea but I would venture to say it is low!

Jan 29, 2017 03:23 PM
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Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

  Depends upon the market - and the agent.

Jan 29, 2017 03:18 PM
Rainmaker
1,157,329
FN LN
Toronto, ON

It depends on the area.

Jan 29, 2017 02:13 PM
Rainmaker
1,320,672
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

They say an average agent here hass five sides each year and there are about 3000 agents!

Jan 29, 2017 01:46 PM
Rainmaker
1,917,366
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

The National average is dreadful 

Jan 30, 2017 03:46 AM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

HOMEiZ.COM HOMEiZGROUP - based on the national numbers, it can't be more than 3!

Jan 29, 2017 10:03 PM
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Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

They say that 20% of the agents do 80% of the work.

Jan 29, 2017 07:01 PM
Rainmaker
503,567
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Wow, quite a difficult question.  Every market area is different and the numbers are all over the board.  In our area I would say probably 3-5 for an average agent, and I'm basing that out of my own area of what I see happening here.  Back in the days (pre 2009) I was selling 150-200 homes per year -- now 40-50 -- big change.

Jan 29, 2017 06:33 PM
Rainmaker
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Peter Mohylsky. Beach Expert
PrimeSouth Properties - Santa Rosa Beach, FL
THE BEACH IS OPEN

The average agent has one or no listings.  Most agents fight to make a modest income by being a buyers agent and buying those leads to boot.

Jan 29, 2017 06:24 PM
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I thinnk that would vary so much depending on the marketplace. I would guess in my area about half a dozen.

Jan 29, 2017 05:47 PM
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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I have no idea. 

Jan 29, 2017 05:46 PM
Rainmaker
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JoAnn Moore
The Mortgage Market of Delaware - Georgetown, DE
Home Loans in Delaware

I believe the average closed transactions is around 11.

 

Jan 29, 2017 04:34 PM
Rainmaker
3,184,624
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Average could be 5. There are plenty with 0 and those who strive to achieve can be 15-20

Jan 29, 2017 04:24 PM
Rainmaker
3,480,496
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

In a good year I would carry 15

 

Jan 29, 2017 03:59 PM
Rainmaker
5,393,001
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Lorraine was good for 60-70/ year.... my best year was over 100 in a year....the average agent might list 25 a year....

Jan 29, 2017 03:19 PM
Rainmaker
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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

I would guess that the "median" would be around 1 or less.

You see, this is more skewed than 80/20 and there are tons of agents that only do 1 or even 0 transactions for the year.  You could prob. get the stats from NAR or looking at national stats.

I believe in my county (which is large) there are more agents than there are transactions.  Of course you can generally multiply that by 2 for sides, but then divide by 2 or so to get listings, so it's kind of the same thing.

Now all that aside, there are probably more "listings" than that, as I think maybe 30-60% don't actually sell and some go to 2nd and/or 3rd agents.  I was referring to closed transactions.

This is why the median (or even average number is meaningless.  You want to find the "active" agents (i.e. exclude that ones that really aren't doing this for their career.  Many are semi retired and hold onto their license for referrals, many lawyers have a license, but don't practice, many hold onto it for if/when, etc.  Many are new, and it may even take them 1-2 years before their 1st transaction.  Many of them leave.

I would venture to guess that among the more typical agent who is active, it is 5-20 per year, with a higher % in the 5-10 range.

Jan 29, 2017 02:55 PM
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Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
There's no place like home.

I would imagine the average is pretty darn low.  I'm sure there are some mature agents who have no listings in a year.  I'd guess the average is around 2-3.

Jan 29, 2017 02:47 PM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

If you are talking about sales I believe it is seven but that number is the wrong metric considering many members don't sell.

Jan 29, 2017 02:16 PM
Rainmaker
4,387,720
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I usually am half and half, buyers and sellers.   In our strong Seller's market prefer to have more listings.

Feb 01, 2017 11:01 AM
Rainmaker
634,116
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

I have no idea. I know agents with over 250 and agents with zero. It isn't a number I think matters in this business.

Jan 30, 2017 03:44 PM
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Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

depends on that agent

Jan 30, 2017 09:48 AM
Rainmaker
1,307,222
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

The average agent, I'd say zero to one since so many fail in their first two years and leave the business.  Like with anything the 80/20 principle applies.  20% of people have 80% of the business and the rest fight over the scraps.

Jan 30, 2017 09:30 AM
Rainmaker
882,396
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

Is there such a thing as "average agent"? I've never met one

Jan 30, 2017 07:27 AM
Rainmaker
4,798,831
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

My guess is less than one.

Jan 30, 2017 07:20 AM
Rainmaker
4,432,941
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

No idea

Jan 30, 2017 05:57 AM
Rainmaker
822,210
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Sorry, can't respond to 'average listings' for a national average. Locally that number is available.

However, the number that is available nationally, is transaction sides. But that is not your question.

Jan 30, 2017 04:57 AM
Rainmaker
1,619,355
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

According to NAR & I can't remember what year but the average realtor does 1 transaction. That's not many listings.

Jan 29, 2017 02:42 PM