YPN is the future of our industry

by Dickerson Nieman on February 28, 2015

Steve Bois, the CEO of Rockford Area Realtors says that YPN is an incredibly optimistic group of young people — the vanguard of a critical mass market that is now coming forward, the millennials.

Many Baby Boomer Realtors are approaching retirement. That means that there is a growing gap between current Realtors and the new blood we need coming in. YPN is a recruiting tool we need to ensure that our industry thrives.

Why? Because we want professionals who will come to the Realtor profession by design, not by default. Who will think proactively about how to solve problems in the community, identify root causes and take effective action.

Our YPN is just such a group, and I would put them up against any comparable group in the country. Every member has a passion for the work, and each is a example of what makes our association great — our energy and bold approach.

I’m excited to see the changes they’ll be making in our community.

How do the members of YPN plan to take on the Rockford community?

“Only 3% of the Realtors in Rockford area under the age of 30. There is a void in our profession in the younger demographic and we want to show that young professionals have a voice.”
– Brandon Johnson, Dickerson & Nieman

“Our group wants to work hard to ensure that when YPs from Rockford talk about our community they highlight all of the positive things Rockford has to offer. The YPN group hopes to lead the charge to encourage other YPs to visit the area, and retain the young talent we have already.”
– Jessica Reilly, Stillman Bank

“We have to accomplish two things: recruit and retain talent in the industry to better serve our clients, and; do all that we can to assist local business leaders in finding housing for the new professionals that are relocating to Rockford for the many job openings with Woodward, AAR, and other expanding organizations.”
– Michael Hughes, Blackhawk Bank

“With so much negativity about, people want to flee our area. So, to have a group of young thinking professionals talking it up and doing things to actually make it better is a changeup. Some people run from the problems, some people confront them head on and make changes. That is YPN.”
– Brad Shields, Dickerson & Nieman, YPN Co-Chair

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Introducing Young Professional Network

by Dickerson Nieman on February 26, 2015

The median age of U.S. Realtors is now 56 years with only 12% of Realtors under 40, says the National Association of Realtors. That means there is a 25-year age difference between the average Realtor and their first-time homebuyer clients. The generation gap worries members of the real estate industry who wonder how today’s Realtors are interacting with younger, more tech-saavy buyers. Enter Rockford’s new Young Professional Network.

The Rockford Area Realtors “Young Professionals Network” was begun in 2014 to encourage motivated young professionals to enter the real estate industry. The network helps next-gen real estate professionals get a leg up on their careers by providing them with the tools and support they need to excel (lead by our own Brad Shields as Chair, Tyler Ragan as Vice Chair and Brandon Johnson as Secretary).

YPN is based on four core areas of engagement:

– Realtor Association Involvement. To help new entrants into the field attain leadership roles within local, state and national associations.

– Real Estate Advocacy. To keep new young professionals informed and engaged about the latest events affecting local, state and national real estate policy.

– Business Peer Development. To encourage young real estate professionals to learn from each other through events, online forums and peer-to-peer mentoring.

– Effect Community. To foster the creation of innovative community projects that engage Realtors and help transform Rockford.

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Volunteers Among Us – Becoming a Seeing Eye Dog Trainer

February 5, 2015

We asked our agents how, where and why they do volunteer work in the community. Our Roscoe agent Barbara Fry has shared the story of her journey in becoming a Leader Dog trainer to share with you! Below are 2 entries in her story first posted here: Volunteers Among Us – Becoming a Seeing Eye Dog… more »

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February Anniversaries

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Congratulations to our dedicated team members celebrating a February anniversary with Dickerson Nieman Realtors: Ron Belcher – 4 years Tracy Eastman – 12 years Adam Guarino – 9 years Frank Johnson – 15 years Vickie Krueger – 16 years Mike Long – 4 years Rachel Ralph – 2 years Neva Wilson – 12 years  … more »

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Winter Home Improvement Projects

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Moving On Up: Tips to Make Your Move a Positive Experience

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RVC Athletics Hall of Fame to Induct 12 Former Athletes – Including Dickerson & Nieman’s Own Duey Hoff

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Duey Hoff has made an impact on RVC Athletics in every way possible for over 45 years. He played both basketball and baseball at RVC (1968-1970) and would later return to coach the men’s basketball team, first as an assistant coach (1973) and later as head coach (1983-1985). For the past 28 years, Hoff has… more »

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New Year, New Home: How to Prepare for a Home Purchase

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Here at Dickerson Nieman, we’ve just finished ringing in 2015. We’re looking forward to spending a new year with our past clients as well as some new ones. The new year is often seen as a good time to buy a home, but many homebuyers get overwhelmed with all the planning and preparation involved. Purchasing… more »

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January Anniversaries

January 10, 2015

Congratulations to our dedicated team members celebrating a January anniversary with Dickerson Nieman Realtors:   Lisa Anger – 5 years Debby Beswick – 11 years Steve Clark – 3 years Kevin Dowe – 1 year Vicki Flanders – 13 years Kay Galloway – 13 years Anne Gray – 2 years Rebecca Hedlund – 11 years… more »

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Volunteers Among Us – Becoming a Seeing Eye Dog Trainer

January 5, 2015

We asked our agents how, where and why they do volunteer work in the community. Our Roscoe agent Barbara Fry has shared the story of her journey in becoming a Leader Dog trainer to share with you! Years ago I watched a story on 20/20, of Seeing Eye dogs and how a puppy is transformed… more »

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