With Housing Recovery, Should You Be a Real Estate Agent?



















With still more than 12 million Americans unemployed, many are contemplating a jump to a completely new field. And few second (or third, or fourth) careers are as popular as the real estate business. The housing market is rebounding faster than jobs, and most analysts are optimistic that home prices will continue their upward trend. But is 2013 a good year to try your hand at house-flipping, or to buy a house to rent out, or to become a real estate agent?

This week's "AOL Jobs Lunchtime Live" segment tried to tackle these questions with the help of three expert panelists: Jed Kolko, the chief economist of listing site Trulia, Graham Wood, the editor of AOL Real Estate, and Dan Thiewes, a Realtor with almost three decades of experience (and father of AOL Jobs Associate Editor Jake Thiewes), offered their wisdom on whether to enter the real estate business now, and what opportunities and risks to expect in the kind of battered and unpredictable housing market we haven't seen in a generation.

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