Fresh Faces, Lofty Goals

May 1, 2000

We don’t know about you, but we get a surge of energy just looking at the 30 young people who made REALTOR® Magazine’s first “30 under 30” list. “Adorable,” “bright-eyed,” and “radiant” are some of the adjectives we’ve been throwing around. In fact, after seeing their fresh faces, we give less credence to some of the worried talk we’ve heard about the future of real estate.

Of course, there’s more to these 30 young people than meets the eye. One surprise as we culled the entries was the astounding level of success many of these 20-somethings have already achieved. It just goes to show how limitless the opportunities are for people willing to work hard in real estate. And work hard they do.

Another shocker, frankly, was the number of young men making a go of real estate sales. NAR studies consistently show growth in the percentage of women in the sales ranks. But where are they? The overwhelming majority of entries for this year’s “30 under 30” were of the XY chromosome variety. The only thing we can guess is that many of the women who enter real estate do so by way of the mommy track--that is, after they’ve raised a family.

One thing that wasn’t surprising: Many of the young people who submitted entries were second- or third-generation real estate professionals. When we selected our 30, we tried to pinpoint sons and daughters who demonstrated in their entries that they’d taken the family business to the next level. Twenty-eight-year-old Ryan Searle, for example, followed his father into real estate sales. Now he’s running his own company, and his dad’s a franchisee.

Choosing the 30 wasn’t easy. Of the more than 100 entries we received, certainly more than 30 qualified as outstanding. A few candidates just missed the birthday cutoff. (One promising candidate turned 30 on April 29, two days before our issue date.) But we stuck to our guns and stayed true to our “under 30” premise.

After several rounds of debate among our editors and follow-up interviews with our leading candidates, we selected what we consider to be a representative sample of the industry’s young stars: 30 dynamic go-getters who we believe will be among real estate’s leaders in the 21st century.

Stacey Moncrieff

Stacey is executive editor of publications for the National Association of REALTORS® and editor in chief of REALTOR® Magazine.

Pamela Geurds Kabati is the former publisher of REALTOR® Magazine and senior vice president of communications for the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.

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