5. Real Estate Service-based businesses are popular franchises to open, especially post-recession, considering the lower startup costs. The real estate sector is poised for growth. Linked to the housing recovery, the number of real estate franchises is expected to rise 1.6% in 2013. According to the IFA forecast, sales of new homes is expected to rise by 19% in 2012. Sales of existing single-family homes, co-ops and condos are forecast to be up 8.5% in 2012 and 8.9% in 2013. "People don't think about real estate brokers as being franchises," says Matt Haller, spokesman for the IFA. "That's a huge opportunity for people that want to get into real estate because people are buying homes again. Every month the numbers seem to continue to get better again." -- Written by Laurie Kulikowski in New York. Follow @LKulikowski To contact Laurie Kulikowski, send an email to: Laurie.Kulikowski@thestreet.com. >To submit a news tip, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.