With market booming, more people are becoming real estate agents

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – A career choice in Bowling Green is growing in popularity as the population in the area increases as well.

Buying and selling property can be a hassle, and the real estate industry has taken on the task to assist people in their buying decisions, and as more money circulates, the economy improves.

“Real estate drives an economy, it is up and it’s been up, going up for the last several years and it continues to do so,” said Meg Manning, executive director of Realtor Association of Southern Kentucky.

Local real estate agents even say Bowling Green is the fastest growing community in the state.

“Industries are coming in and we are thriving,” said Manning.

More and more people are getting into realty for many reasons including the flexible hours and a commission-based pay.

About 20 years ago Bowling Green some 150 people worked as real estate agents in Bowling Green. That number climbed to nearly 600, said Chad McCoy, director of sales and training at Caldwell Banker.

This industry boosts the economy because it requires many different industries to work together.

“When you are purchasing homes, that also fuels contractors, plumbers, and electricians, and furniture stores and carpet places,” McCoy said.

The new agents are benefiting the real estate industry as a whole.

“A lot of the younger people coming in are focusing on social media, some of the older agents in the past haven’t done that as much, but its sort of raised the game so you have a lot of really young go getters getting in and then that’s really gotten people to do some of the thing that they need to do about staying in contact with people and making sure they are getting the information in quickly,” said Todd Thornton, owner of real estate training company, Great Way to Learn.

The age range is wide for newbies.

“We have people who are 17 taking the classes up to people in their 70’s, just a wide variety of backgrounds,” Thornton said of the newest agents.

A newer agent also said that he enjoys his job because he wants to help people but, it’s not the easiest job.

“It takes hard work, determination, and motivation for a commission based job like real estate, you have to be a go-getter and want to do the best that you can be,” said Cody Brumett, a real estate agent at Caldwell and Banker.