Now real estate costs have dropped quite a bit, the possible fees that real estate agents and brokers could make have also dropped. However, a number of properties that can be sold can more than offsets the fall in commissions. This is because there are so a lot more properties on the market now than there were before the bubble burst. The rise in the number of homeowners who are submerged on their mortgages has increased so substantially that an extremely large number of them have decided that they can't actually afford to stay inside their homes. They'd rather sell their home and get a similar home for a far lower price by having a lower mortgage payment every month so that they are able to boost their cash flow scenario and take the loss. And since there is no shortage of properties to buy, these individuals had no trouble locating the right house for a fair price. And another effect of the rise in properties that are accessible is that more and more individuals are becoming first-time homeowners.