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Real estate agents finding new careers

The slumping real estate market is convincing some real estate professionals that it’s time to pack it in and try something more lucrative.

The National Association of Realtors’ membership in 2007 dropped for the first time since 1996. The membership fell 1.5% from 2006 to 1.338 million agents, brokers and other professionals, according to the group’s Web site.