Survey: Realtor ranks to thin

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The number of Realtors in America is almost certain to drop by 20 percent or more by 2010, a poll of Inman News readers suggests, with part-time agents among those most threatened by the market shakeout.

Virtual real estate companies, fee-for-service and premium full-service business models may be in the best position to thrive in the years to come, according to 702 readers who completed the 21-question online survey through Dec. 29.