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Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
A moving experience!

There are an almost unlimited number of people involved... don't forget to include the city inspectors, the scavenger service, the landscaper, the glazier, the local hardware store for those last minute things, local sandwich restaurants, pest control, fence builder, ohmigosh... there's just sooooo many.

Let's not forget your local Realtor to get the place sold.

Apr 18, 2020 08:45 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

It depends on what's required in your area by municipalities. We had builder contractor, electrician, electrical inspector, septic town contact, septic installer, foundation digger, foundation installer, water softening folks, well driller, well installer, sheetrock installer, window designers/installer, hvac people, insulator, flooring/carpet installers, bathroom tiler, garage door installer, painters, cleaner, and I'm sure I'm missing a few. In my case it was at least 26 people I can remember.  I'm not including lender/underwriter/title attorney/etc - we bought the property years before the house build for cash.


Apr 18, 2020 08:14 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

This is like guessing the number of jelly beans in a jar so my answer is more than one would think

Apr 18, 2020 08:06 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Any number that I put forward would only be a guess.

And, yes, home building is, for the most part, at a stand-still in our area so most of the people who would be involved in the act of building a house are out of work.

Apr 18, 2020 08:16 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Ah OK you got well driller, a soil tester and septic contractor in there.
Development Services, Environmental Health, PZ, Building Departments of the City/County. 

In a GRI class we were asked how many 'touches' during an EXISTING residential transaction and were able to get past 50 then.
Add the building crew and staff? Could be 70-ish folks.
There's no absolute here, as 'anything can happen and probably will' that you didn't intend or expect.

Apr 18, 2020 09:27 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I haven't the foggiest, but my guess is that this won't be a concrete number and that the size of the property being built will dictate the number of people working on specific trades.  Plus any construction items outside the normal scope (solar, off-grid living, defensive structures, etc.) would require additional specialists.  Out here in Malibu, one guy (former CIA) hired two different crews, one to work on the west side of the house and another to work on the east side, so that no one person knew the entire layout of the house.  Get that level of security involved, and your people count will skyrocket.

Apr 18, 2020 08:49 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

The average house takes 22 trades start to finish, then add the suits and red tape people, it's about 30 professions minimum.

Apr 18, 2020 08:29 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

A lot more than most people know!

This pandemic is going to educate a lot of clueless people on the dynamics of trickle-down economics!

Apr 18, 2020 03:13 PM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Is this a trick question?  A lot.  All of above plus all their helpers.  not sure if you included excavators, pouring concrete, landscapers, decorators.

Apr 18, 2020 01:03 PM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

The lender needs  aset of plans, so buyer should already have builder lined up. Can't get a permit until well is dug and approved. New construction here requires 5 gpm. Access, driveway permit, easements, inspectors, tradesmen includes excavators, concrete men, brick and stone masons, electric, power company, roofers, carpenters hvac mechanics, drywall, tile, carpenters, counter and cabinet men, appliancaes, painters, etc, etc, etc. There could easily be 200 or more different people on the job from start to finish.

Apr 18, 2020 12:33 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

You pretty much covered it plus or minus...

Apr 18, 2020 09:55 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

I'll play if you answer my question:

What are the winning numbers for the upcoming Lottery!? 

Apr 18, 2020 09:14 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Seems to me you have named a majority but depending on the location it would vary - multiple inspectors for the city, for example.

Apr 18, 2020 08:25 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


You have named all the pertinent people in your question.  However, each country differs. When we have worked outside the US, there are rules and regs, approvals, as well as politics, etc...

Apr 18, 2020 08:16 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

A General Contractor who is rotating subs

Apr 19, 2020 07:13 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

I ran out of fingers and toes early in my research!

Apr 19, 2020 06:11 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

As many as are needed... to put it simply. Yes, building a house supports quite a number of economic sectors; then it needs to be landscaped, outfitted with appliances, furniture, decor and so on; all good - money creates spending, fueling the overall economy.

Apr 19, 2020 05:43 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

So many variables.  I could but wouldn't even "guess".  

Apr 19, 2020 05:41 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

It is why new construction is such a energizer to the economy. I love all aspects of building and wish i had more to sell. 

Apr 19, 2020 05:27 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

1 Real estate agent, architect + assistant, contractor (2), grading crew (4), foundation crew (at least 4-5) + we had pylons pummeled into the ground by a different crew (at least 4) + city engineer to design and approve the pummeling! Framers (I think there were 4-6 of those guys), plumbers (3), electricians (2-3), insulating crew (3), termite/pest team (2), veneer team (4-6), roofers (3), windows (4 including salesman), HVAC (3), hardwoods (3), tile (2), cabinets (3, including designer), granite (3, including selections/fabricator/installation), ANOTHER set of electricians & plumbers to do the installations (4), designer/supplier for plumbing fixtures (1 + delivery team of 2), millwork/interior carpentry (3), millwork/exterior carpentry (3), painters, (4 or 5), garage doors (2), gutters (2), concrete for driveway/patios/sidewalks (3), landscapers (3), fencing (2), finish guys (including mailbox, etc.) and cleaning crew (2-4). 

Then you have your inspectors (county and private - 3-4), if you're doing a construction-to-perm, you will also have the lender and his/her inspectors at each draw increment (they are often not the same inspector - ? 3-5), processor, underwriter, attorney, abstractor (Title search), paralegal and Clerk of Courts for Deed recordation.

And, I'm sure I missed a few!! So, 100+ people employed in this process...

Why on earth do you ask?!!

Apr 18, 2020 03:41 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

On TV, the Brown family built the family home with Papa Brown, four sons and a daughter or two. And the snow was falling.

That sounds like about how many are needed. 

How many will be involved is limitless.

On NPR last month the owner of a sneaker factory in India stated 100 people will touch every sneaker made. How many are needed may be much less.

Apr 18, 2020 01:18 PM
Caroline Gerardo
Licensed in 20 states - Newport Beach, CA
C. G. Barbeau the Loan Lady nmls 324982

Lender 23 people, title 18 people, architect 3, printer 2, planning desk 3, county recorder 3, realtor 2, inspector 10 visits, appraiser 3 with 3 visits, plumber 2, septic tank co 3, concrete delivery 2, lumber deliveries 12, well inspector 2, well drilling co 5, county inspections 3, owners 2, carpenters 4, finish labor 2, masonry 4,  bank for all those progress checks 10, HVAc 2, electrical 3, no solar? , truck delivery drivers 4,  roofing crew 4, window company and install 4,  I'm sure I missed a few change requests add 23 for that  my guess is more than 120

Apr 18, 2020 11:17 AM
Steven Nickens
Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers - Wailea, HI
R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii

My wife and I built our home on 2.5 acres 30 years ago, owner builder. It was a lot simpler then. We did a lot of work our selves and hired friends for plumbing and electrical. Not sure I would want to take on the job now, everything cost so much more and rules have changed.

Apr 20, 2020 04:19 AM
Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo

Do you want an exact number or just an educated guess?

Apr 19, 2020 09:34 PM