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Realtor® is to Real Estate Agent as Porsche® is to Tractor

After attacking the real estate brokerage community’s incentive [1] for working in the seller’s best interest to get the highest possible price, Freakonomics has more fun with NAR [2] by using the NAR blog post Realtor® is to Real Estate Agent as Mercedes® is to Car [3] as a resource.

Irrelevant asides: NAR loves to use the “®” symbol…Did you know Porsche used to make some of the best tractors in the world?

NAR cites the Harris Interactive poll: “Most Prestigious Occupations” [4] which places real estate brokers at the bottom of the list but says the results would have been different if the term “Realtor” had been used in the poll.

Ok, first of all, lets get Real(tor) here:

I would speculate that there will be a sharp drop in NAR membership over the next few years that will coincide with the drop in the number of sales that has already occured. The low barrier of entry means a quick response to market conditions.

Many of the half-serious, part time agents will be the first to drop out, leaving the brokerage profession ripe for the new generation, and thats probably something for the public to look forward to.

I suspect real estate appraisers are not that much different than real estate agents in this poll.

My personal goal is to be better than a farmer in the poll rankings.

In other words, be like a farmer out standing in my field.