Every time I prepare an issue of Commonwealth to print, I get a membership count that I send to the printer. When I started (a little more than five years ago) it was in the upper 30,000s; with the burst of the housing bubble it dropped to the 28,000-or-so level by 2012.

But over the past year and a half it seems to be picking back up again. More people are getting their licenses and joining the business.

The February/March issue went to 29,457 Realtors and brokers. May/June was down a handful (29,424), but the June/July issue went to 29,780.

It’s not an explosion, but it certainly feels like — like the housing market itself — we’ve hit bottom and are starting to move back up.