The National Association of Realtors expects its membership to decline for the first time in nearly a decade. The struggling housing market has caught part timers and agents with little experience off guard. The expenses to remain a Realtor are greater than the returns for many. It is a professional's market. Those who have built a strong clientelle, solid business model, and who have funds to continue to market and find serious leads are those who are surviving. Not all markets are the same but many are feeling the pinch of the latest slump. There is an upside. Those who are able to survive until the next upturn will see a larger market share than they do now. Fewer pieces of the pie will be cut. For some, the retreat in competition is welcome.