What does organized real estate look like in 2030? Who is winning?
Incumbent brokerages are betting on the recruit-and-retain model that has worked for the last several decades, doubling down on the agent’s sphere as their primary source of leads. Disruptors are betting on a world where the agent matters less than the brand itself, where realtors are only responsible for service delivery and leads are generated entirely through the institution’s online platform. Who is your money on?
In this episode of Industry Relations, Rob and Greg are discussing the themes that came up at Inman’s CEO Connect and the confidence incumbent brokerages have in their ability to outlast market disruptors. They cover the advantages incumbents boast in terms of scale and profitability, exploring whether industry giants are truly all-in on technology and the iBuyer models—or if they’re adding those initiatives simply to overcome agent objections.
Greg and Rob go on to consider a potential decline in the number of agents by the end of this decade and explain why agent teams continue to pose the greatest threat to brokerages. Listen in for insight around how key players in other industries have leveraged the power of incumbency to compete with disruptors and place your bet on either the agent-centric incumbent brokerages OR the institution-focused disruptors.
The advantages incumbent brokerages have in terms of scale + profitability
Adopting new tech as a marketing ploy to bolster a brokerage’s value prop to agents
Why many brokerages chose to partner with rather than acquire iBuyers
Why successful brokerages can do everything right and still lose market leadership
How key players in the automotive industry have leveraged the power of incumbency
The fundamental difference between real estate incumbents and disruptors
- Agent-centric, focused on recruiting/retention vs. institution-centric
- Agents as lead source vs. service delivery only
How the future of real estate will continue to be dominated by agent teams
Why the number of agents is likely to drop to 400K by the end of the decade
Connect with Rob and Greg:
The Innovator’s Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book That Will Change the Way You Do Business by Clayton M. Christensen
The Straight Pipes on YouTube
John Campbell on The Notorious Interview