The Future of the Real Estate Industry
In a field that is a second career for many people, younger real estate practitioners often strive for a way to connect with each other and tap into valuable resources that will help them gain business savvy and succeed.
REALTOR® Magazine launched the Young Professionals Network (YPN) in 2006 as a way to help the younger generation of REALTORS® build a stronger link with the magazine and the real estate industry.
Through networking events, a lively blog, and an engaged YPN Advisory Subcommittee, the program gives its members the tools they need to advance their careers — and have fun in the process.
Many state and local REALTOR® associations have already started a Young Professionals Network. To see if there’s a YPN established in your area, peruse our full list of networks.
If you're an association executive considering the establishment of a YPN, the Start-Up Kit is designed for you. From ideas for planning group activities to tips for promoting events and getting sponsors to support your network, the kit will help you energize the young professionals in your real estate market.
YPN Mission Statement:
YPN helps young real estate professionals excel in their careers by giving them the tools and encouragement to become involved in four core areas:
- REALTOR® associations. Attend REALTOR® conferences and pursue leadership roles with their local, state, and national association.
- Real estate industry. Take an active role in policy discussions and advocacy issues; be informed about the latest industry news and trends.
- Peers. Network and learn from one another by attending events, participating in online communication, and seeking out mentoring opportunities.
- Community. Become exceptional members of their community by demonstrating a high level of REALTOR® professionalism and volunteering for causes they feel passionate about.
If you're as excited as we are about furthering this mission, you've already accomplished the first step to starting a YPN!
For a YPN historical timeline and a complete how-to guide, download the start-up kit.