Arizona Association of Realtors, partners with WP Carey School to mentor the next generation of realtors
The Arizona Association of Realtors, the largest trade association in Arizona representing more than 57,000 realtors in the state, has partnered with Arizona State University’s WP Carey School of Business and its real estate department to form the ASU/Arizona Association of Realtors Professional Salesperson to set up mentoring program.
This unique program will help ASU students pursuing a minor in real estate or a Master of Real Estate Development (MRED) learn more about the licensed real estate profession by enhancing their professional skills while advancing their real-world careers Estate. The program has two components, classroom instruction and mentoring, and supports students’ professional development through counseling, support and guidance during the 2022-23 school year.
“Mentoring is an important part of growing in real estate, and our real estate agents strive to provide ASU students with the tools and experiences to succeed,” said Michelle Lind, Legal Counsel for the Arizona Association of Realtors. “We are very excited to partner with ASU on this professional development program and support our future leaders.”
Beginning September 12, students can attend 90-minute monthly training sessions hosted by members of the association. Topics include: market research and local knowledge; ethics and legal framework in representing clients; presentation skills; as well as professional behavior and negotiation skills.
Additionally, each student will work with an experienced Realtor mentor who will help them identify career interests and provide valuable mentoring activities such as practice interviews, job shadowing, resume review and more. Both mentors and students must adhere to a list of responsibilities and expectations to ensure a successful professional relationship.
According to Mark Stapp, the Fred E. Taylor Professor of Real Estate and director of the MRED program, the ASU/Arizona Association of Realtors Professional Seller Mentoring Program is a no-degree, no-credit curriculum maintained by ASU.
“The primary purpose of the program is to complement ASU’s successful real estate programs and to expand the existing programs (Arizona Association of Realtors) for its members,” he said. “In addition to providing learning and career opportunities for our students, the program will foster dialogue between industry professionals, academics and students who wish to expand their knowledge and expertise in real estate.”