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Make room for real estate veterans

Future-Proof: Navigate Threats, Seize Opportunities at ICNY 2018 | Jan 22-26 at the Marriott Marquis, Times Square, New York

As if the housing market, unemployment rate and the economy in general are not scary enough -- there are people in our industry who are scaring Realtors instead of helping them. Last summer at the National Association of Realtors headquarters a group of us were told that the average Realtor is 52 and female -- the average age had dropped from 54 in a previous report. NAR has created the Young Professionals Network as a resource for younger real estate professionals, and chapters of this group have sprung up across the country. I think it is a good idea to get younger members involved and I applaud the way NAR is cultivating them and listening to them. We need younger members -- they are the future of NAR. At the same time, our industry seems to have a strange set of beliefs about people who are over 40. We are being told that young people have skills that older people do not have, and we call them technical skills. We hear that younger people use text messages but the ...