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How Many Massachusetts Realtors Does It Take To...

Here's the latest installment of Bates By the Numbers, a weekly feature by Boston real estate agent David Bates that drills down into the Hub's housing market to uncover those trends you would not otherwise see. And check out his new ebook, Context: Nine Key Condo Markets.

Do you happen to know any professionals in the Massachusetts real estate market? Sometimes I feel like I am surrounded by them, LOL, so I thought I would find out how many realtors, sales people, brokers, appraisers, home inspectors it took to make this market. I also did a breakdown of how many offices and agents there are in 10 different Greater Boston neighborhoods.

2012 MA single-family sales
46,312

2012 MA condominium sales
18,045

2012 MA multifamily sales
5,695

Active MA broker licenses
19,558

Active MA salesperson licenses
41,558

Number of MA Realtors
20,000 +/-

Number of Greater Boston Realtors
5,000+/-

Number of MA certified residential appraisers
1,178

Number of MA licensed home inspectors
439

Number of MLSPIN subscribers (agents)
26,500

Back Bay
MLS offices (including brokerages and appraisal firms): 120
MLS subscribers: 879

Brookline
118
562

Cambridge
69
496

South Boston
62
233

Somerville
MLS offices: 56
MLS subscribers: 204

South End
29
158

Beacon Hill
56
155

Jamaica Plain
41
152

Dorchester
MLS offices: 35
MLS subscribers: 151

Charlestown
35
100

Sources
· Total Sales Numbers and Realtor Numbers from Eric Berman, Communications Director, MAR, who writes three Mass MLS's combine to make the total
· Broker, Agent, Appraiser, Home Inspector numbers are from John High, Division of Professional Licensure and reflect March/2013 totals)
· MLSPIN totals were from MLSPIN paperwork, office and subscriber count was BBTN analysis of MLS data by zip code and may be slightly off as it was a challenging breakdown)

· Our Bates By the Numbers archive [Curbed Boston]