Friday, August 17, 2012

Sandy real estate firm adds 90 more agents

Coldwell Banker Residential Mortgage has hired more than 90 real estate agents this year, a sign that the housing market along the Wasatch Front is healing.

The hiring surge puts the Sandy-based company’s 11 offices in a better position to meet increasing demand for brokerage services from home buyers and sellers, Coldwell Banker said Thursday. Unit sales brokered by the agency were up 12 percent through July compared to the same time last year.

In all, the offices have added 96 agents, bringing the company’s staff to more than 700 people. Many of the hires were experienced agents who moved from rival real estate firms. Others returned to the industry after sitting out the housing downturn, Coldwell Banker President Chris Jensen said.

Real estate agents typically are independent contractors who work on commission. After the housing market imploded in late 2006, hundreds of agents left the business. With home sales rising again, agents are starting to come back to work, Jensen said. Salt Lake Tribune