I was reading around the blog-o-sphere today and came across a couple of comments from public users on Zillow. Not only were they nasty, but they were misinformed on a couple of issues.

The one I thought was interesting was the belief that almost all Realtors have nothing higher than a high school education. In fact one silly soul said that 90% of agents are only high school grads. Hmmm, I would really like to know where he got those statistics. Here are the facts from the US Census bureau:

  • 50% of Realtors hold a Bachelor’s Degree or higher. At the same time, only 30% of adults in the US hold the same.
  • 11% of Realtors hold a Master’s Degree or PhD or Law degree, where only 9% of Americans do as a whole.

I fall into the first category, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. Why did I go into real estate you might ask? Well, I was part of the corporate world before this, and after working 60-70 hour work weeks, including weekends, not seeing my husband, being tired all the time, putting up with the corporate bull that goes with the job, looking forward to 10 years of “putting my time in” before I saw a raise or big promotion, I decided it was time to do something I like and would have fun at.

Real estate allows me to make my own schedule and my own rules. Besides, someone should have told me freshman year how little Chemists make, and that the only way to get ahead in the profession would be to get a PhD and work for a University doing research. Sorry, but too boring for me. So next time you run into a real estate agent, don’t assume they are idiots. Most likely they have a degree and are fairly smart people. Like the saying goes, don’t judge a book by the cover.