Per the National Association of Realtors, in 2010 the

Editor’s note: View the original article at InmanNext: "Is Real Estate Now a Young Person’s Game?"

Per the National Association of Realtors, in 2010 the average age of a first time buyer was 30. Fifty percent of the buyers were first-time buyers.

In 2011 the average age of a Realtor is 56. Does that 26 year difference matter?

Nobu Hata is the incumbent president of YPN,which stands for Young Professionals Network. In my interview with Nobu I had a chance to find out what makes YPN and their members so special. I was also interested in who the membership consists of and whether or not there are enforced age restrictions or access.

YPN sounds like a great organization on a number of levels as I learned during my chat with Nobu.

How important is bridging the age and technology gap? YPN thinks it is critical.

If you have any questions or need help getting in touch with a local chapter of YPN let us know in the comments section below.

Chris Smith is the chief evangelist of Inman News. InmanNext is a part of Inman News.

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