Guess the age of the oldest — working — Realtor in the U.S. If you guessed someone the age of 96, you guessed right. In a report by Seattle’s King5.com, the oldest active Realtor in the U.S. is George W. Johnson, who has been selling real estate in Seattle since 1936.
Johnson was 26 years old when he moved to Seattle from South Dakota in 1935 (photo left, courtesy King5). To make ends meet, he worked from 4 to 6:30 AM each day at a dairy, followed by an early morning shift at a local bakery, then it was onto his real job as a school teacher.
In 1935, at the suggestion of a man he met while buying some coal, George sent five dollars to Olympia to purchase his real estate license. He began selling property in the afternoons after his pre-dawn job at a dairy and his morning shift at a local bakery. A year later he made real estate his full-time career and in 1947 founded founded George W. Johnson Realty in Ballard.
The company’s motto and mascot is “Let George Do It,” and after all of these years, he’s still doing it — selling real estate, arriving at the office at 10 in the morning, but taking half days on Saturdays to play at a nearby par-3 golf course.
Johnson lived through the Depression and the “Boeing Bust” of the 1970’s and feels our present economic crisis shall too pass and says, “It’s a beautiful time to buy, if you’re in the market, but a lousy time to sell.”
(Photos courtesy King5.com)