Recognizing that the average Realtor® is about 55, the average buyer is under 30, NAR started an aggressive recruiting effort under President Richard Gaylord from Long Beach. The program was officially inaugurated in October, 2007. There are fewer than 20 chartered groups In California with the state association itself just being chartered in September.
Connie Lynch, SRCAR CEO is ecstatic. “Our effort here really got its genesis in 2008 as a pet project undertaken by Chair-elect Wes Ives. Wes has been very supportive of this group and those efforts really paid off.”
“Their first meeting was in May of this year and the energy has just been amazing. Zack Smith, Dane Wunderlich and Luz Acosta just kind of took the ball and ran with it and today our meetings have 20 – 30 young professionals – even more at their mixers. This group constitutes the future leaders of our industry and our community. Our Association is very proud of the work they’ve done to get recognized.”
Chair Wes Ives was equally pleased to see this effort come together. “I think it’s just terrific. At a time when everybody in our industry is down, we’ve got these young people who are charged up and building good solid businesses. The real estate industry is undergoing some major changes today and these kids are going to be on the leading edge of what emerges.”
“Mentoring and networking are big components of what we are about”, according to 2009 YPN Chair Zack Smith. “Dane and I went to Sacramento in June for Legislative Day and while we were there we attended one of the first statewide YPN meetings and found there were hundreds of people just like us looking for this opportunity. The Association has been very supportive and we are really pleased to have reached charter status in just 6 months. We’ve got some great members.”
The S.R.C. Chapter of the Young Professional Network is operated in conjunction with the Hemet/San Jacinto Association of Realtors®. Membership in the group isn’t limited by age, more by mental age and members must be affiliated with the real estate industry – Realtor®, lender, escrow, home warranty, etc.. For more information on meetings and events, please contact SRCAR YPN at 951-894-2571 or visit SRCAR.org.. To find out more about forming chapter in your area visit: http://www.realtor.org/ypn