YPN Members Speak Up

Young Professionals Network Members Speak Up!

REALTOR® Magazine launched the Young Professionals Network (YPN) in 2006 as a way to help the younger generation of REALTORS® build a stronger link with the magazine and the real estate industry. Through networking events, a lively blog, and an engaged YPN Advisory Subcommittee, the program gives its members the tools they need to advance their careers—and have fun in the process. Many state and local REALTOR® associations have already started a Young Professionals Network.

Three members of Local YPN’s within Washington State share their thoughts on the value of membership, how they participate in their groups, and their visions for the future of real estate as a whole.

Tell me why you got involved & how it helps your business…

Trish Englund

Trish Englund, Broker
Windermere Real Estate/East Inc., in Kirkland

In 2013, when I was brand new to the sales side of the business, and the youngest in my office, I knew I wanted to connect with other like-minded REALTORS® my age. Funny enough, I happened to connect and correspond with [Seattle King County YPN Founding Member] Georgia Wall through social media; we started a conversation, and she asked me to get involved. In 2014, I was chosen as vice chairman, then transitioned into the chair position the following year. This is my third year as an Executive Committee member, and I haven’t looked back.

Through my involvement, I’ve been able to create lasting relationships with other professionals in this wonderful industry: Broker/Owners, Affiliates and the Board of Directors for our local Association, and other YPN networks throughout U.S. The referral network spans long and far. In the past two years, I’ve sent three out-of-state referrals to other YPN members and have received two in return. When a situation with a client or contract gets tough, I don’t hesitate to ask YPN for creative advice, and vice versa. We’re all very supportive of each other.

Jasmyn D. Jefferson

Jasmyn D. Jefferson, Managing Broker
Windermere Professional Partners in Tacoma

Well, Tacoma doesn’t have an active YPN so I’m active at the state level. I just became chair of the organization in February. We’re in the process of getting a group together in Tacoma and we have the support of our board of directors and executive officer. Also, the last several presidents of our association have been encouraging it.

I started off founding the Tacoma Urban League Young Professionals and I’m a past president of that group. Once I got involved in government affairs, I became a key contact for the State of Washington for a House of Representatives member.

By doing this and showing up (even though I didn’t know anybody and wasn’t going as a group), people started noticing that I wasn’t just sitting in the audience. I think that’s an important element of membership.

Even if you don’t know where to go and don’t feel like you qualify as a young professional, you can still go and show up. You don’t need anyone’s permission to do that.
Keith C. Riddle

Keith C. Riddle, Designated Broker/Owner,
Synergy Properties in Spokane

Initially, I became involved in my local YPN organization at the prompting and encouragement of our local association president Marianne Bornhoft and Nate Gant, who was then current YPN president and an agent in my office. They both told me a little about the group and asked if I would be willing to participate in helping build some momentum and plan a few events since the group was fairly new to Spokane at the time (about a year old).

Over the past few years I have participated in YPN as both a board member and most recently as the past president of the Spokane Association of REALTORS® YPN in 2015. During that time I was able to help plan and hold a variety of networking and educational events. The events ranged from Golf Tournaments and Oktoberfest celebrations to Educational Events such as “Appy Hour” where local REALTORS® share knowledge on popular business apps to help them succeed in today’s tech savvy market.

Involvement in the REALTOR YPN has helped me build and strengthen business relationships with other brokers, as well as affiliates who I may not otherwise have had a chance to meet or interact with on a neutral platform. It’s also helped me realize the much larger picture of our industry as a whole. It created a path for me to get involved in a positive way at a local, state, and national level with various REALTOR® associations.

What do you see ahead for the real estate industry?


Trish Englund

Trish Englund, Broker
Windermere Real Estate/East Inc., in Kirkland

As REALTORS®, we need to continue doing our job well, but make it fun. With the growth of Millennial clients, we could experience a shift in how we operate our daily business in regards to relationship and technology. My goal is to stay present, connected, and attentive to their lifestyle needs. Real estate is such a relationship business, I’m not sure discount brokerages, like Redfin, will exist in this competitive landscape of trusted, educated REALTORS®. YPN will grow and thrive throughout the state, and I have no doubts the network will continue to inspire the industry and foster its relationships. We understand our mentors have worked tirelessly to pave the way for our future.


Jasmyn D. Jefferson

Jasmyn D. Jefferson, Managing Broker
Windermere Professional Partners in Tacoma

Real estate is becoming more customer-focused and less focused on the individual REALTOR. When I got into the business, it was all about, “Me, me, me. Who am I? Look at my glamour shot. I have all of these designations.” Now we’re really highlighting and focusing on the customer and what he or she wants. They know what they want before we meet them. They know to go online and research us before they decide to work with us. I think that understanding about how technology and data work will really be beneficial for us as professionals. The faster we learn it, the better.


Keith C. Riddle

Keith C. Riddle, Designated Broker/Owner,
Synergy Properties in Spokane

In my opinion, real estate as an industry looks promising over the next decade. As real estate brokers, we get to facilitate selling the dream of home ownership and each of us has the ability to build the relationships and businesses we desire inside of that framework. I believe that regardless of how success looks to you, or how you would like to define your real estate career, as brokers, we all need to have a long-term vision in our everyday interactions in order to work and build our industry together in such a way that we continue to provide tremendous value to the clients we serve. We can also provide value to each other so that the REALTOR trade stays relevant and desirable for generations to come.

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