The Best U.S. Cities for Real Estate Agents

By Jacob Saunders

There’s a lot that goes into selling a home, but it usually all starts with a realtor. Oftentimes, a realtor’s success in selling a home can come down to conditions that are out of their control, such as the market they operate within. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the housing market has seen an increase in Americans purchasing homes, giving current and potential real estate agents more incentive to ramp up their careers.

With this in mind, the House Method team decided to find out which U.S. cities are the best for real estate agents. We analyzed data from the 100 largest cities, using factors such as the city’s median home value, days on market, annual wage, and more. Here is what we found:

 

Based on the data collected, Las Vegas, Nevada, is the best city for real estate agents. Sin City has the highest monthly percentage of homes for sale, with 0.77% of its real estate on the market. Homes in the city also spend one of the least amount of days on the market, at just over 65 days.

Though the city of Las Vegas takes the cake in terms of best city for real estate agents, Arizona proves to be the best state for real estate agents with five cities in the top 15, the most of any state. The suburbs of Phoenix are the place to be if you are a real estate agent, as all five of Arizona’s cities in the top 15 are within 25 miles of the state’s capital city.

The 15 Best U.S. Cities for Real Estate Agents

  1. Las Vegas, Nevada
  2. Gilbert, Arizona
  3. Chandler, Arizona
  4. Orlando, Florida
  5. Henderson, Nevada
  6. Boise, Idaho
  7. Scottsdale, Arizona
  8. Glendale, Arizona
  9. Seattle, Washington
  10. Aurora, California
  11. Chesapeake, Virginia
  12. North Las Vegas, Nevada
  13. Arlington, Texas
  14. Mesa, Arizona
  15. Denver, Colorado

Detroit proves to be the worst city for real estate agents. Motor city has the highest median price cut at 7.61%. This means that when the house gets marked down, it’s by almost 8%. The city also has one of the worst annual median wages for the industry, with Detroit real estate agents earning a median wage of $39,200.

The 15 Worst U.S. Cities for Real Estate Agents

  1. Detroit, Michigan
  2. Cleveland, Ohio
  3. New York, New York
  4. New Orleans, Louisiana
  5. Buffalo, New York
  6. Chicago, Illinois
  7. Baltimore, Maryland
  8. Newark, New Jersey
  9. Toledo, Ohio
  10. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  11. Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  12. Saint Paul, Minnesota
  13. Laredo, Texas
  14. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  15. Honolulu, Hawaii

The Best U.S. Cities for Real Estate Agents

Ranking

City

State

Overall Score

1

Las Vegas

Nevada

45.6

2

Gilbert

Arizona

45.5

3

Chandler

Arizona

44.2

4

Orlando

Florida

44.0

5

Henderson

Nevada

43.1

6

Boise

Idaho

43.1

7

Scottsdale

Arizona

43.0

8

Glendale

Arizona

42.7

9

Seattle

Washington

42.6

10

Aurora

Colorado

41.9

11

Chesapeake

Virginia

41.8

12

North Las Vegas

Nevada

41.6

13

Arlington

Texas

41.5

14

Mesa

Arizona

41.5

15

Denver

Colorado

40.6

16

Virginia Beach

Virginia

40.5

17

Oklahoma

Oklahoma

40.3

18

Colorado Springs

Colorado

40.2

19

Phoenix

Arizona

40.1

20

Atlanta

Georgia

39.6

21

Plano

Texas

39.6

22

Austin

Texas

39.5

23

Garland

Texas

38.9

24

Columbus

Ohio

38.8

25

Fort Worth

Texas

38.7

26

Norfolk

Virginia

38.5

27

Irving

Texas

38.3

28

Houston

Texas

38.2

29

San Jose

California

37.9

30

Fremont

California

37.7

31

Raleigh

North Carolina

37.5

32

Tampa

Florida

37.3

33

Richmond

Virginia

37.2

34

Tulsa

Oklahoma

37.1

35

Fort Wayne

Indiana

37.1

36

San Francisco

California

37.1

37

Bakersfield

California

36.9

38

Irvine

California

36.9

39

Albuquerque

New Mexico

36.5

40

Saint Petersburg

Florida

36.0

41

Dallas

Texas

36.0

42

Wichita

Kansas

35.8

43

Anchorage

Alaska

35.4

44

San Diego

California

35.4

45

Chula Vista

California

35.3

46

Sacramento

California

35.3

47

Hialeah

Florida

35.0

48

Charlotte

North Carolina

35.0

49

Fresno

California

34.9

50

Reno

Nevada

34.9

51

Spokane

Washington

34.4

52

Tucson

Arizona

34.4

53

Anaheim

California

34.4

54

San Antonio

Texas

34.3

55

El Paso

Texas

34.1

56

Washington

D.C.

34.1

57

Los Angeles

California

34.0

58

Louisville

Kentucky

33.9

59

Santa Ana

California

33.7

60

Riverside

California

33.7

61

Indianapolis

Indiana

33.4

62

Omaha

Nebraska

33.2

63

Long Beach

California

33.2

64

Boston

Massachusetts

32.7

65

Pittsburgh

Pennsylvania

32.4

66

Lincoln

Nebraska

32.4

67

Miami

Florida

32.2

68

Lexington

Kentucky

32.0

69

Lubbock

Texas

31.8

70

Durham

North Carolina

31.1

71

Nashville

Tennessee

31.0

72

Portland

Oregon

30.9

73

Jersey

New Jersey

30.4

74

Madison

Wisconsin

30.3

75

Oakland

California

30.2

76

Baton Rouge

Louisiana

30.1

77

Minneapolis

Minnesota

30.0

78

Corpus Christi

Texas

30.0

79

Stockton

California

29.9

80

Cincinnati

Ohio

29.8

81

Kansas

Missouri

29.6

82

Greensboro

North Carolina

29.6

83

Saint Louis

Missouri

29.1

84

Jacksonville

Florida

28.7

85

Memphis

Tennessee

28.4

86

Honolulu

Hawaii

28.4

87

Philadelphia

Pennsylvania

27.8

88

Laredo

Texas

26.6

89

Saint Paul

Minnesota

26.5

90

Winston-Salem

North Carolina

26.5

91

Milwaukee

Wisconsin

26.4

92

Toledo

Ohio

26.1

93

Newark

New Jersey

25.9

94

Baltimore

MD

24.1

95

Chicago

Illinois

23.8

96

Buffalo

New York

23.2

97

New Orleans

Louisiana

22.3

98

New York

New York

22.2

99

Cleveland

Ohio

20.2

100

Detroit

Michigan

17.0

Methodology:

To find the best cities for real estate agents, we analyzed data from the 100 largest cities in the U.S. We ranked the cities using seven factors each at an equal weight. Each city was graded on a 70-point scale, with a score of 70 being the perfect location for real estate agents. 

We then calculated each city’s average across all factors to determine its overall score and used the results to rank-order our sample. 

  • Median Sale Price
  • Percent of Homes for Sale Monthly (Monthly Home Sales/Number of Housing Units)
  • Median Days on Market
  • Real Estate Employment per 1000 jobs
  • Annual Median Wage of Real Estate Agents
  • Median Price Cut (%)
  • Cost of Living

Sources:

  • Redfin
  • Zillow Inventory and Sales Data
  • U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates
  • Numbeo
  • The U.S. Census Bureau

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