How many Boston real estate agents are there?

Ever wondered how many real estate agents there are in this fine city of Boston, Massachusetts?

When you type “real estate agents In Boston” into Google, you get over 9 million results. Although it may seem like there are 9 million real estate agents, because everyone seems to know one, there really can’t be that many.

So how many, then?

One way to figure out how many real estate agents there are is to figure out how many licenses were issued in MA? Yes, to be a real estate agent in Boston one must first take classes and pass an exam to obtain an official license  This allows you to act as an agent on the behalf of clients in buying and selling Boston real estate.

When it comes to counting the number of licensed real estate agents in Boston, it’s not as easy as it seems. The Mass Real Estate Board doesn’t keep track of where a person hangs their license and conducts business, they just have a list of names and addresses of license holders. Technically, someone living outside the Boston metro area could work as a real estate agent in Boston.. However, we can get an idea at looking  MLS. According to MLS there are just over 8,000 individuals with active real estate licenses in the Boston metro area.


With so many agents in the Boston Metro area, it’s a competitive environment for those Boston real estate brokers/agent who want to succeed. With mobile technologies and plenty of job options it makes it easy and tempting for new agents to enter this field. However, successful agents must do more than show properties and accept listings. One of the most important factors is that buyers and sellers can find you on Google for key search terms. My team, with our webmaster, are working to overcome this important obstacle. Stay tuned.

Give me a call and if you’d like to be part of my 3 person team, located in the heart of Boston Beacon Hill at 137 Charles Street.

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John Ford
John Ford

Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

In addition to representing Boston condo buyers and sellers, John is currently one of the most recognized Boston condo blog writers regarding Boston condominiums and residential real estate markets. John's insights and observations about the Boston condo market have been seen in a wide variety of the most established local & national media outlets including; Banker and Tradesman, Boston Magazine The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and NewsWeek and Fortune magazine, among others.


For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


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John Ford and his staff can be reached at 617-595-3712 or 617-720-5454. Please feel free to stop by John's Boston Beacon Hill office located at 137 Charles Street.

John Ford
Ford Realty Inc
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