You're new to real estate. You need practical advice to jumpstart your career and make money – now! This is the right place. In this section you'll find all the resources you need to jump-start your career.
IN THIS SECTION:
|Publications and tools for new Realtors®|
|Young Professionals Network (YPN)|
|Licensing & PL/CE requirements|
|Etiquette & professional courtesy guidelines|
PUBLICATIONS & TOOLS FOR NEW REALTORS®
In a field that is a second career for many people, younger real estate practitioners often strive for a way to connect with each other and tap into valuable resources that will help them gain business savvy and succeed.
REALTOR® Magazine launched the Young Professionals Network (YPN) in 2006 as a way to help the younger generation of REALTORS® build a stronger link with the magazine and the real estate industry.
Through networking events, a lively blog, and an engaged YPN Advisory Subcommittee, the program gives its members the tools they need to advance their careers — and have fun in the process.
Many state and local REALTOR® associations have already started a Young Professionals Network. To see if there’s a YPN established in your area, peruse the full list of networks.
Your license is maintained by the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR). WIthin this, the Virginia Real Estate Board (VREB) outlines the licensing requirements for real estate professionals in Virginia.
Click here to go to the VREB home page to access information on:
- CE/PL requirements
- Licensure and forms
- Education and exams
- Regulatory matters
Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice of the National Association of REALTORS®(NAR) establishes objective, enforceable ethical standards governing the professional conduct of its members, it does not address issues of courtesy or etiquette.
I. Respect for the Public
- Follow the "Golden Rule" - Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
- Respond promptly to inquiries and requests for information.
- Schedule appointments and showings as far in advance as possible.
- Call if you are delayed or must cancel an appointment or showing.
- If a prospective buyer decides not to view an occupied home, promptly explain the situation to the listing broker or the occupant.
- Communicate with all parties in a timely fashion.
- When entering a property, ensure that unexpected situations, such as pets, are handled appropriately.
- Leave your business card if not prohibited by local rules.
- Never criticize property in the presence of the occupant.
- Inform occupants that you are leaving after showings.
- When showing an occupied home, always ring the doorbell or knock - and announce yourself loudly - before entering. Knock and announce yourself loudly before entering any closed room.
- Present a professional appearance at all times; dress appropriately and drive a clean car.
- If occupants are home during showings, ask their permission before using the telephone or bathroom.
- Encourage the clients of other brokers to direct questions to their agent or representative.
- Communicate clearly; don't use jargon or slang that may not be readily understood.
- Be aware of and respect cultural differences.
- Show courtesy and respect to everyone.
- Be aware of - and meet - all deadlines.
- Promise only what you can deliver - and keep your promises.
- Identify yourself as a Realtor® in contacts with the public.
- Do not tell people what you think - tell them what you know.
II. Respect for Property
- Be responsible for everyone you allow to enter listed property.
- Never allow buyers to enter listed property unaccompanied.
- When showing property, keep all members of the group together.
- Never allow unaccompanied access to property without permission.
- Enter property only with permission even if you have a lockbox key or combination.
- When the occupant is absent, leave the property as you found it (lights, heating, cooling, drapes, etc). If you think something is amiss (e.g. vandalism) contact the listing broker immediately.
- Be considerate of the seller's property. Do not allow anyone to eat, drink, smoke, dispose of trash, use bathing or sleeping facilities, or bring pets. Leave the house as you found it unless instructed otherwise.
- Use sidewalks; if weather is bad, take off shoes and boots inside property.
III. Respect for Peers
- Identify your Realtor® and professional status in all contacts with other Realtors®.
- Respond to other agents' calls, faxes, and e-mails promptly and courteously.
- Be aware that large electronic files with attachments or lengthy faxes may be a burden on recipients.
- Notify the listing broker if there appears to be inaccurate information on the listing.
- Share important information about a property, including the presence of pets; security systems; and whether sellers will be present during the showing.
- Show courtesy, trust and respect to other real estate professionals.
- Avoid the inappropriate use of endearments or other denigrating language.
- Do not prospect at other Realtors®' open houses or similar events.
- Return keys promptly.
- Carefully replace keys in the lockbox after showings.
- To be successful in the business, mutual respect is essential.
- Real estate is a reputation business. What you do today may affect your reputation - and business - for years to come.
Content courtesy of
Aurora Association of REALTORS®
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