To get a sense of the current state of the real estate industry, sometimes it is helpful to take a closer look at how specific firms are faring in this economy.
For instance, Gibson Sotheby's International Realty is Boston's largest independent real estate company, according to the firm's official website.
Despite a series of major winter snow storms that made for a slow start to the spring real estate market, the organization has found ways to expand its presence in the region. Since the start of 2011, Gibson has added more than 35 new agents, which makes for more than 190 sales agents in total.
In addition, the company has managed to grow from 60 agents at a few locations to more than 200 agents and staff spread out across eight offices.
"We're finding that there are a lot of successful, experienced agents out there who are looking to get to the next level," said Paul McGann, co-owner and director of business development for the firm. "We are specifically set up to help them do just that, by offering support with marketing, technology and more."
Gibson has also managed to attract online visitors from 86 countries to its recently launched website.