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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








We often talk about tech as the most lucrative gig in the Bay Area, but real estate agents might give developers and project managers a run for their money.

WalletHub created a new ranking of the best places to be a real estate agent. No surprises here: Bay Area cities claimed the top spots.

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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 tied with both San Jose and Seattle for fewest days on the market.

Are you looking for housing in San Francisco? If you’re not up to date with some of the code words created by realtors, leasing agents, or landlords, you might find yourself in an unfortunate tenant situation. Here are some translations of code words found in SF Bay Area housing posts.


Media: San Francisco Chronicle



Four Bay Area cities made the top five, but one Pacific Northwestern outpost wedged its way to the number two spot. That would be Seattle, of course, the headquarters of Amazon and a burgeoning tech capital. The coastal city’s housing market shattered records of its own in March, with the median home price hitting $777,000. 

Even Santa Rosa, a city on the northern outskirts of the Bay Area, made the top 10, ranking seventh overall. The revelation provides support for a recent regional trend: People are pushing further and further away from San Francisco and the heart of Silicon Valley to more inland and suburban areas. Housing prices are cheaper on the edges of the Bay Area, but commutes are longer.

READ ALSO: Stunning increase in Bay Area ‘super commuters’ in the last decade amid housing crisis

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.

Standard real estate agent salaries are nothing to write home about — the average real estate agent wage in San Francisco real estate agents is $74,460, according to WalletHub — but that’s not including commission (some agents only earn commission, and not a salary). Experts estimate the typical real estate agent takes about a 5-percent cut on sales, which is split with the broker of the listing agent and the broker of the selling agent. Then there’s state and federal taxes, plus regular overhead costs. A high amount of risk is also involved because as the market fluctuates — and it’s prone to do so — so do real estate agents’ incomes.

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

Methodology here.

Daniel Demay, a SeattlePI staff writer, contributed to this report. 

Michelle Robertson is an SFGATE staff writer. Email her at mrobertson@sfchronicle.com or find her on Twitter at @mrobertsonsf.

Article source: https://www.sfgate.com/realestate/article/Forget-tech-the-cushiest-job-in-the-SF-Bay-Area-12879268.php

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