By Peter Ricci
Despite a recession, economic adversity has done little to quell the passion of real estate professionals for their industry.
According to the newest survey by WorkPlace Dynamics on U.S. businesses and industries, real estate was the nation’s best industry to work in, above financial services, manufacturing and a host of other industries.
WorkPlace Dynamics – Independence, Accomplishment Key to Real Estate
In explaining real estate’s appeal, WorkplaceDynamics stated that professionals continue to be drawn to the real estate industry for its relative independence, even with the industry facing some of its toughest conditions in some time.
“[Realtors] continue to love their jobs and the companies they work for,” WorkplaceDynamics stated. “Realtors and others working in the real estate industry appreciate that they have a great deal of control over their own destiny, a strong connection to their work, and a sense of personal accomplishment each and every day. All of which led them to highly rank their workplaces.”
Conducted with 30 major newspapers across the country, the “2013 Top National Workplaces” rankings that WorkPlace Dynamics compiled polled one million employees from 872 companies.
Real Estate Well-Represented
Real estate was also well-represented in WorkPlace Dynamics’ master list, which ranked the top 150 companies to work for in America. The highest ranked brokerage was Keller Williams Realty, which came in at no. 9, followed by William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage & Insurance (no. 32); Shorewest Realtors (no. 35); Baird & Warner Inc., (no. 43); Prudential Fox & Roach Realtors (no. 57); Prudential Connecticut Realty (no. 63); and finally, Jones Lang LaSalle (no. 142). Also, Detroit-based Quicken Loans came out on top as the no. 1 company.
One of the newspapers that cooperated with WorkPlace Dynamics for its research was the Houston Chronicle, and in newspaper’s own list of the 150 top companies in the Houston metropolitan area, real estate also have a number of representatives, including: Brookfield Office Properties; Colliers International; CBRE Houston Central Operations; David Weekley Homes; and Stream Realty Partners.