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Half of all mortgage employees get the axe over five years

Ripple effect of a bad economy

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association, there were over 505,000 mortgage employees in America in 2006. Today, they say there are less than 250,000 mortgage employees.

This marks the lowest number of mortgage employees in 14 years.

The real estate industry often looks at National Association of Realtors membership levels as an indicator of the size of the Realtor workforce which in recent years was 1.4 million members which is currently just above 1 million members.

With shrinking in both sectors, the employment levels in all of housing has taken a shocking dip.

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Are temporary employees the reason?

Some will only read the title of this story and assume that temporary employees are the reason for such a drastic drop, but even after Wells Fargo ditched nearly 2,000 of their temporary employees brought on to help with volume of refinances this year, that is not the reason for the sharp decline.

The mortgage workforce has mostly been impacted by a devastated economy, new licensing requirements as well as tightened lending.

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  1. aMY L cavENDER

    April 12, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    It’s more difficult on a daily basis to be a mortgage lender. My theory is those that are good enough will stick it out through the changes. We have gotten rid of many lenders that had no business making mortgages as it is.

  2. Chris Sanderson

    April 12, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    That’s staggering! Here’s what my mentor, Jim Rohn, would always say, “Don’t wish it were easier. Wish you were better.” I keep trying to remember that the tougher it gets, those of us who continually upgrade our skills will continue to be rewarded by loyal clients through referrals. 🙂

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