This week it came in the mail. Yes, that slap in the face to to the wise elders in the real estate profession.
The mail in question was the latest issue of Realtor Magazine with the cover story that glorifies youth. Yes, the dreaded "30 Under 30" issue.
I read recently that the average age of NAR membership is somewhere in the mid-50's. So why glorify the youngsters?
They are embracing technology. Well, um, so are the rest of us. Hello? If we don't, we go out of business;
They are developing new business models. So are the rest of us. And if we want to see really interesting business models, we should be looking at the people coming into real estate as second or third careers who are bringing in ideas from decades of experience in other corporate settings.
The 30 under 30 are mostly coming into the business out of college where they might have actually studied real estate. And while I believe in book learning, I also think it needs to be combined with experience, in the outside world as well as in real estate.
So are these kids being acknowledged for their mastery of the business? How about the quality of the services they offer? Or innovations that save consumers money while they are providing competent representation?
And who nominates them for this honor? Their colleagues? Their clients?
I'm not sure about this year, but in past years, they nominated themselves. And I noticed in the pat a few blog posts from agents who nominated themselves then asked for your votes. And I gotta wonder, is it about acquiring mastery of this profession at a young age, or is it a gift for self- promotion - actually self promotion skills do come in handy in this profession.
What I've also started to wonder is how many of the past honorees are still in the business?
If NAR wants to find a mechanism for finding and acknowledging the best real estate professionals in the country, that's one thing.
But 30 under 30? It's just one more thing that makes me question NAR's credibility.