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2021 RealTrends Brokerage Compensation Report

For the study, RealTrends surveyed all the firms on the 2021 RealTrends 500 and Nation’s Best rankings, asking for annual compensation data for the 2020 calendar year.’s Sean Black on the transaction revolution

Real estate is on its third revolution, from the digital revolution of the early 2000s to the information revolution kicked off by Trulia and Zillow to today's transaction revolution.


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RealTrending Ep. 102: Double down on your brokerage game

In this edition of RealTrending, Steve Murray, senior advisor to RealTrends, shares his thoughts on how to compete in today’s competitive arena. He’ll share a book recommendation and reveal some insights into why agent productivity is flat even though growth in the agent rankings is at all-time highs.

Here is a small preview of today’s RealTrending interview. The transcript below has been lightly edited for length and clarity:

Competition: Running a real estate brokerage is a little like competing in sports. You’ve got competition, and you’re all good at what you do. But, it comes down to who wants to practice. Golfer Lanny Watkins commented that if the pros of 1998 to 2005, when Tiger was at the height of his prowess, didn’t want Tiger to win all the tournaments, they were going to have to step up their games — no matter how good they thought they were. They would have to go back to the range and improve their golf game. I thought this was a valuable lesson for all of us during these times.

Book recommendation: It’s only once in a while I recommend a book to our listeners through the RealTrending podcast. This one has nothing to do with real estate, but if you’re curious about climate science, it’s a great read. It’s called “Unsettled,” by Steven Koonin. He’s a respected scientist who has served in several administrations, including the Obama Administration in the energy area. This book is about climate science, and the facts surrounding climate change and climate science.

Why is agent productivity flat?: When you think about it, in the RealTrends + Tom Ferry The Thousand and America’s Best Real Estate Professionals, there’s such a small share of professional Realtors who captured a large share of the business. It’s interesting to note that when we looked at the productivity of these top-ranked individuals and teams from 2019 to 2020 on a transaction basis, productivity actually didn’t change at all. They were flat from 2019 to 2020.

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