"Our numbers increased slightly prior to 2008 due to the booming real estate market, and are now returning to normal for Lebanon County," said Mary Rakow, executive officer for the Lebanon County Association of Realtors. "As the economy, consumer confidence and the real estate market improve, we may see an increase in agents returning to the industry."
Sales were up across Central Pennsylvania in 2012. And expectations have been high this year.
"It costs Realtors a considerable amount of money each year to keep their license active and in good standing with the association," said Lee Trite, president of the Realtors Association of York and Adams Counties. "So when their income isn't where they need it to be, most look elsewhere for their income."
The average age of a Realtor is currently 58, according to industry professionals.
"In the midst of a recession and a straight commission business, some people opted to find alternate jobs," said Gwenae Wachter, a spokeswoman for the Lancaster County Association of Realtors.