REALTORS®’ career plans

Eighty-three percent of Texas REALTORS® surveyed are very certain they will remain an active real estate professional for the next two years. Another 12% are somewhat certain, while 5% are not sure of their career plans.

How important are your tech skills?

Nearly all Texas homebuyers surveyed rated honesty, responsiveness, and knowledge of the purchase process “very important” qualities of a real estate agent. Last on the list? Technology skills. While less than half of homebuyers said tech skills are “very important,” an additional 43% of respondents considered proficiency with technology “somewhat important.”

Who you can’t reach online

One-third of Americans 65 and older do not use the internet. Among 50- to 64-year-olds, 13% do not go online. Those who don’t use the internet are more likely to have lower incomes, lower levels of education, and live in rural areas.

What renters would do with a windfall

Fourteen percent of renters say that if they received an unexpected $5,000, they would put it toward a downpayment on a home. Thirty-six percent would use the money to pay bills, while 33% would invest it or put it in savings.

People keep coming to Texas

The Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metropolitan area attracted 146,000 new residents last year, more than any other metro area in the country. That wasn’t the only popular area of the state. Six of the 10 U.S. counties with the largest population increases are in Texas: Harris, Tarrant, Bexar, Dallas, Denton, and Collin. Texas also had three of the fastest growing counties measured by percentage increase: Comal, Hays, and Kendall.

Sources: 2017 Profile of Texas REALTORS®, 2017 Profile of Texas Homebuyers and Sellers, NAR’s (HOME) Survey: Housing Opportunities and Market Experience, Pew Research Center