Number of Real Estate Agents in the United States

According to the National Association of Realtors 2019

Monthly Membership report, membership hit a historic high in August of 2019 at 1,393,186 Realtors. Now Realtors are real estate agents who are members of NAR and adhere to the NAR code of ethics and pay their membership dues. I cannot find the number of real estate agents (licensed with their state) that are not actually Realtors, but I can tell you, l’ve met numerous Boston real estate agents that are not members of the NAR.  However, all most all of the large Boston real estate companies require its licensed agents to become a Realtor member as a requirement to work in their real estate firms.

Number of Real Estate Agents in the U.S. by year.

  • 2006 – 1.35 million
  • 2007 – 1.33 million
  • 2008 – 1.19 million
  • 2009 – 1.11 million
  • 2010 – 1.06 million
  • 2011 – 1.00 million
  • 2012 – .99 million
  • 2013 – 1.04 million
  • 2014 – 1.09 million
  • 2015 – 1.16 million
  • 2016 – 1.23 million
  • 2017 – 1.30 million
  • 2018 – 1.35 million
  • 2019 – 1.39 million – record high!

Last Thought

I’ve been in the real estate business for over 20 years and owned my own business for 19 years. With that said, here are my parting words:

For the 28,000,000 “Realtors” that entered this industry in 2009 or after, save your money and update your resume….. because we’re going into a Recession.

File Under: Let the party begin. 

Author Profile

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.


Back Bay

Beacon Hill

Charles River Park


North End

South End

Seaport District

South Boston



Surrounding Communities of Boston
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
137 Charles Street
Boston, Ma 02114



Call Now