Some 67.5% of Americans polled do not trust real estate agents, according to an online Google Consumer Surveys poll last month.
We're not sure why Choice Home Warranty would conduct and publish such a poll, since you'd think real estate agents are among their biggest clients. Nevertheless, the survey of 1,147 adults showed more wariness among rural folks – 70.7% distrusted realty agents – than city dwellers. By age, 18- to 24-year-olds were the most distrustful.
Midwesterners were the most trustful at 38.1%. Men and women scored about the same on the trust-o-meter.
[Updated, 2:05 p.m. PST Nov. 13: Compared to a Gallup poll on honesty and ethics from a year ago, the Choice Home Warranty findings put trust of real estate agents on about par with bankers and chiropractors.
Real estate agents, however, aren't as disregarded as journalists. Only 24% of Gallup respondents ranked journalists' honesty and ethics as very high.]