During the housing crisis, being a real estate agent was about as easy as being a swim instructor in the desert.
That is why so many agents left the business. In fact, membership in the National Association of Realtors went from 1.3 million during the boom years to slightly under 1 million in 2012. Now it is back to just more than 1.2 million, and many of the new members are millennials.
"The median age of Realtors is younger than in the past because more (young) people entered the real estate profession this year than in past years, with 20 percent of members reporting one year or less of experience," said NAR President Tom Salomone, broker-owner of Real Estate II Inc. in Coral Springs, Florida.