By Rob Reuter, YPN Manager
Happy New Year and congratulations on an outstanding 2010! YPN has taken great strides in the last year growing to 8,700 registered members in 134 networks across 43 states! We had 500 attend the YPN Fire & Ice Reception in New Orleans during the 2010 REALTORS® Conference & Expo, and more than 80 YPN chairs and liaisons attend a YPN Leadership Retreat last August in Chicago. After a successful year of networking, educating, fundraising, and charitable events, we look to continue the momentum into 2011.
One of the changes we have made moving forward is a revised YPN Startup Kit. While most of the revisions are minor, the most prominent clarification is that we are no longer referring to the term “chapter” within YPN. NAR’s legal team has determined that the term is inaccurate since local and state YPN networks aren’t chapters of the national organization. The suggested terminology can be found in the startup kit, but, in short, the appropriate title would be, for example, the Chicago Association of REALTORS® Young Professionals Network. The clarification should not impact how your networks are currently structured.
Here are several other announcements for 2011:
- The YPN Advisory Subcommittee has two major goals for 2011: Continue reading »
By Stefanie Hahn
In an interesting change of pace, I am writing this post from our state REALTOR® Association meetings.
I wish you were here. No…I really wish you were here.
According to the National Association of REALTORS® 2009 Member Profile, 15 percent of our industry is age 40 or under. At these meetings, there aren’t even 15 people who fit that bill. These meetings (and I suspect those of many other states around the country) are demographically less diverse than a Friday night bridge game – and the decisions being made are going to impact our businesses for quite some time.
If you haven’t already, stop what you are doing and find out more about getting involved. Open a new browser tab and search for your local REALTOR® Association. Find out what committees they have and offer to help with one. I can tell you from my experience here that every committee wants to learn more about the millennial generation and how to communicate with us. They are eager to reach out to people like me and to share the benefits that come from being a part of one of the nation’s best industry groups.
I started attending these meetings to promote my newly created YPN chapter. For me, the hardest part was getting past the intimidation of the meetings themselves. Quite a few of my state’s real estate heavyweights lead committees here – and being the “new kid” was a bit daunting. As it turned out, they were happy to have someone like me around, and when I was able to help them with a few of the tech-tastic things that I know, they welcomed me in with open arms. Combined with the excitement generated over the growth of YPN, and the support it is getting from NAR, my involvement in these meetings has only become more exciting and fun. Continue reading »