Saturday, January 10, 2009
My buddy down here who's a real estate agent is doing a brisk business selling *bank-owned* properties. Of course Naples homes are going for peanuts so his commissions aren't what they used to be.
Anyhow, he's getting so many phone calls from prospective buyers that he's decided to hire an assistant. He put the ad out the other day, promising the generous hourly wage of between $8 and $12.
Guess what. He received 50 resumes right off the bat - not from illiterate kids either. Many of the applicants even had their own real estate licenses. $12 per hour annualizes to less than $25,000 per year. One could make that at 7/11 or UPS, could they not?
Oh yeah, I guess only if those places were actually hiring!
[Anecdotally, I also heard that college kids home for that ridiculously long winter break had real trouble finding *seasonal work*.]