For a real estate agent to be licensed, they need to attend classes and pass an exam, followed by more education. They also must affiliate with a real estate firm and be managed by a broker. Many agents opt to become a Realtor, which requires additional classes on the Code of Ethics and a commitment to abide by that code.
With the complexities of real estate transactions, new Realtors need to develop proficiency in working with clients and continue with education to increase their knowledge of areas of interest.
At Greater Nashville Realtors, the Young Professional’s Network (YPN) is a thriving Council chaired by Ronnie Lee Booth, that focuses on Realtors of all ages for the first five years they are in the business. In addition to programming on everything from working with lenders to new construction homes, events are scheduled to create new networking, mentoring and educational opportunities.
Successful Realtors understand that working well with their fellow Realtors will help their clients accomplish their goals; knowing about upcoming properties, sharing ideas and resources, and assisting each other when needed. YPN creates those opportunities to connect and offers a variety of mentoring meetings, led by volunteers, a few times a month on a smaller scale at local coffee shops all over the city.
Supporting the next generation of Realtors and making sure they have access to quality education, mentoring and networking opportunities is a core aspect of Greater Nashville Realtors, as is helping them to understand the importance of ethics and serving the community around them.
With that in mind, one of the most significant aspects of Realtor culture is giving back and active involvement in our community. This year YPN had a collection drive of toiletries, socks and sunscreen for The Contributor (a local paper that creates economic opportunity with dignity, with a newspaper produced and sold by people affected by homelessness and poverty.) They also held a Lip Sync Battle, which raised over $11,000 for Realtors Political Action Committee (RPAC), a nonpartisan political action committee that funds politicians and legislative issues that impact property owner rights and homeownership.
Supporting the next generation of Realtors is accomplished at Greater Nashville Realtors formally through YPN, and informally through a variety of options for new Realtors. It assures that our community, buyers, sellers, and the American dream of homeownership, will continue to be in good hands!
Sher Powers is president of Greater Nashville REALTORS®. A REALTOR® is a member of the National Association of REALTORS® who subscribes to its strict code of ethics. Contact her at 615-430-6861 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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