Each May, REALTOR® Magazine features 30 rising young stars in the real estate industry, and every year hundreds of real estate practitioners apply to be one of the 30 honorees.The application period for the 30 Under 30 class of 2017 will open on Friday, Oct. 14 at noon CT and closes on Tuesday, Jan. 17 at noon CT.
Applicants: Access the online form here. Please note that you need your REALTOR.org password to to sign in.
Who’s eligible to enter? For the 2017 feature, any REALTOR® member of the National Association of REALTORS® who is 29 years old or younger on May 31, 2017, and who has not been profiled as a previous 30 Under 30 honoree is eligible. Previous finalists who didn’t make it into the group of 30 honorees are allowed to reapply.
What are the judges looking for?
Several factors are considered—business success is just one. Community and professional leadership also are important factors. We strive for balance: We want to ensure we have a diverse group of finalists in terms of business niches, gender, ethnic background, and geographic location. Finally, we look for compelling stories that bring to life innovative business strategies that have worked for you or obstacles you’ve overcome. Learn more about how to stand out from the rest of the pack here.
What is the selection process?
Initially, all applications are screened by REALTOR® Magazine editors to ensure all necessary information has been provided. In the initial screening, we narrow the group down to 75-100 semifinalists. A panel of judges then reviews this group, weighing the factors mentioned above, until a consensus is reached on 50 finalists. Of those, we tentatively choose 30 honorees and five alternates. The 30 are vetted with their local and state associations and with the state regulatory boards for ethical violations or disciplinary actions. If a finalist is disqualified for any reason, a replacement is chosen from the list of alternates.