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20 Under 40 Rising Stars in Real Estate Awards


20 LIBOR member real estate professionals, 40 years of age or younger will be chosen for their excellence in the areas of sales, leadership and community involvement and have demonstrated ingenuity, creativity, and leadership in their careers. Candidates represent what the selection committee considers an overall well-rounded REALTOR®.*

* please note that award recipients can only win one time… once an agent has been awarded with this honor, they are a lifetime inductee of the LIBOR YPN Top 20 Under 40

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How can I submit an application?
A: You can access the Application Form by clicking here.

Q: Who’s eligible to enter?

A: Any REALTOR® member of the Long Island Board of REALTORS® in good standing who is 40 years old or younger on May 1, 2020 is eligible.

Q: What is the deadline?
A: Applications must be submitted by May 15, 2020

Q: Can I make changes to my submitted application?

A: No. Once your application is submitted it is final.

Q: What is the Selection Committee looking for?
A: Several factors are considered when selecting finalists, business success being just one. Community and professional leadership also are important factors. 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 – such as interesting business strategies or obstacles overcome.

Q: What is the Selection Process?

A: Initially all applications are screened by the Selection Committee to ensure all necessary information has been provided. The Selection Committee reviews this group, weighing the factors mentioned above until a consensus is reached on 20 semi finalists and 5 alternates. If a semi finalist is disqualified for any reason a replacement is chosen from the list of alternates.

Q: How will you verify my production for the qualification period?

A: Production is based on sold transactions reported in the MLS (both listing and selling side) for the qualification period of 1/1/19-12/31/19. The Selection Committee may contact an applicant’s manager/broker to verify statistics as well.

Q: Can my broker or colleague provide supporting letters?

A: Recommendation letters in support of your application can be submitted but are not required. They must be submitted online via link on the application form. No e-mail, faxes, or snail mail will be accepted. A maximum of three letters may be submitted.

Q: May I submit other supporting documentation (awards, certificates, etc)?

A: Due to the high volume of applications we anticipate, we can’t accept other supporting documents. The Selection Committee will contact you if clarification or additional information is needed.

Q: How will I know if my application was received?
A: An e-mail will be sent to the address listed in the application to confirm receipt of the submitted form. If it’s determined that the application is incomplete or missing some information a second e-mail will be sent.

Q: How and when will I be notified of the Selection Committee’s decision?

A: Winners will be announced at the Top 20 Awards ceremony that will take place in June. All applicants will be notified prior to the event if they have been selected to be inducted into that Class of Top 20 under 40 winners.

Q: How will the winners be announced?
A: Announcements will appear in LIBOR’s summer publications, and print and electronic editions of the REALTOR® paper. A press release will be sent to selected media outlets.

Q: Can I apply for this award if I am a previous recipient?
A: One of the reasons this program was created is to encourage and inspire young professionals in the real estate industry. With that in mind and in an effort to recognize new “rising stars” yearly, applicants may only be honored once for this award.

Q: Who can I contact if I have more questions?

A: Chris Bacchus, YPN President at christopher.bacchus@elliman.com.

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