how much do real estate agents make

These 5 Real Estate Niches Are the Most Profitable

how much do real estate agents make

How much do real estate agents make? We surveyed agents across the country and found a lot of the time, the answer to that question depends on what niche they’re in. According to our nationwide survey, there can be as much as a $35,000 difference in average earnings depending on what real estate agents specialize in.

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Here are the most profitable real estate specialties according to our survey.

5. Commercial properties, $73,839

Becoming an expert in commercial real estate could take more training — but it shows that more training pays off.

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4. Green or eco-friendly properties, $75,112

Agents who specialize in eco-friendly buildings work in the fifth most profitable niche in real estate. What’s an eco-friendly building? Think LEED-certified. LEED is a global standard for energy-efficient buildings. To be LEED-certified, a building must attain a certain amount of LEED credits through a rigorous process. Real estate agents who are educated in this process, as well as other methods of being eco-friendly, have an advantage over others.

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3. Short sales/foreclosures, $77,027

A steady flow of listings allows agents who specialize in short sales to have one of the higher annual incomes.

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2. Foreign investment, $83,308

Real estate agents who pay attention to foreign markets and can leverage their dollars to invest in timely properties overseas earn a similar amount, though slightly more, than agents who find success investing domestically.

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1. Luxury real estate, $90,015

High-end real estate is booming all across the country. In fact, according to the National Association of REALTORS®, the number of home sales in the U.S. priced above $1 million surged 244.4% year over year in May 2021. With higher-priced homes comes higher commissions. So, it’s no wonder that those who specialize in luxury real estate make an average of $90,015 per year.

If you really want to maximize your income, those who earn the Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (CLHMS)™ designation by the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing earn an average of $291,461 per year.

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Learn how to make more in real estate

Asking, “how much do real estate agents make?” is one thing, but asking “how can I make more?” is another question altogether. Making more might mean changing niches, finding a new broker or continuing your education. Whatever it is, choose the one task you can start today that can help you earn more in the following year.