No surprises: Bay Area dominates list of best cities for real estate agents


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15. Boston, Massachusetts

‘Job opportunity and competition’ rank: 7
Market health rank: 91

15. Boston, Massachusetts

‘Job opportunity and competition’ rank: 7
Market health rank: 91

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14. Charlotte, North Carolina 

‘Job opportunity and competition’ rank: 20
Market health rank: 15

14. Charlotte, North Carolina 

‘Job opportunity and competition’ rank: 20
Market health rank: 15

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11. Irvine, California

‘Job opportunity and competition’ rank: 35
Market health rank: 4

11. Irvine, California

‘Job opportunity and competition’ rank: 35
Market health rank: 4

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9. Nashville, Tennessee

‘Job opportunity and competition’ rank: 40
Market health rank: 3

9. Nashville, Tennessee

‘Job opportunity and competition’ rank: 40
Market health rank: 3

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6. New York City

‘Job opportunity and competition’ rank: 1
Market health rank: 157

6. New York City

‘Job opportunity and competition’ rank: 1
Market health rank: 157

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3. San Jose, California

‘Job opportunity and competition’ rank: 8
Market health rank: 5

3. San Jose, California

‘Job opportunity and competition’ rank: 8
Market health rank: 5







If the unending boom of  of West Coast real estate markets has made you think more than once about becoming an agent yourself, you’re probably wise.

A new ranking from financial data site WalletHub put says the West is home to all of the best places to be a real estate agent.

WalletHub looked at 170 U.S. cities and evaluated each on the health of the real estate environment. While San Francisco ranked in the top overall spot – thanks to the highest median price – it actually tied with both San Jose and Seattle for fewest days on the market.

For anyone who’s bought or sold a house in the Seattle area recently, that should be no surprise. Seattle’s median sale price rose to more than $736,000 in March, according to data from Zillow. And demand for housing remained stunningly high.

The city of Vallejo is one of the last Bay Area cities where real estate is affordable. But that may be changing. Tom Vacar reports.


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The health of the market has been something on a lot of people’s minds, especially those who remember well the collapse that triggered the Great Recession. But all signs — continued population growth, shortage of available housing, growing interest rates and the continued rise in housing values — indicate the market will keep up as it has, at least for the foreseeable future.

RELATED: Analysis: Seattle has room for 56,000 affordable homes

We gathered the top 15 cities for real estate agents in the gallery above. Click through to see how they rank.


Daniel DeMay covers Seattle culture, city hall, and transportation for seattlepi.com. He can be reached at 206-448-8362 or danieldemay@seattlepi.com. Follow him on Twitter: @Daniel_DeMay.

Article source: https://www.sfgate.com/realestate/article/Seattle-one-of-best-cities-for-real-estate-agents-12878967.php

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