Long Island Board of REALTORS® Aims to Drive Inclusivity in Real Estate with Newly-Created Mentorship Program

Long Island Board of REALTORS® (LIBOR) has teamed up with National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) to help our neighbors find a future in Real Estate and provide inspiring mentors to help make that dream a reality. The NAR Spire 2022 Mentorship Program is a groundbreaking new initiative created to drive inclusivity in the real estate industry through mentorship and education.

This mentorship opportunity will match REALTORS® with mentees, many from historically marginalized communities, to help them learn the fundamentals of the real estate industry, foster education, empower serious consideration of real estate as a career path and encourage and promote the development of generational wealth through property ownership.

“Long Island Board of REALTORS® is excited to be a part of the NAR Spire mentoring program and encourage individuals in our diverse communities to consider careers in real estate,” said LIBOR CEO Tessa Hultz. “This innovative initiative aims to drive diversity and inclusivity in the real estate industry while helping to eliminate barriers to homeownership for all.”

Mentees will receive exposure designed to go beyond the traditional day-to-day business operations in real estate, including marketing, appraisal, IT, property management, and financing guidance along with live educational events, networking, one-on-one mentorship meetings, and a tailored online platform.

For mentors, NAR Spire provides a platform to play a leadership role in addressing inequity, plus the chance to network with peers, expand their influence and increase their impact in the industry. 

“As an experienced REALTOR®, this is your opportunity to give back to your industry, and to remember the mentor who invested in your career,” said LIBOR President Kevin Loiacono. “By becoming a NAR Spire mentor, you are paying it forward and helping to shape the success of the next generation of real estate.”

NAR Spire was launched in 2021 with nine pilot regions across the U.S.: Chicago; Memphis; Raleigh and Durham, N.C.; Rochester, N.Y.; Trenton, N.J.; Seattle; Washington, D.C.; and the state of Maryland. As the facilitator of the mentor program, NAR will provide resources and tools to help participants collaborate on defining expectations, setting objectives and an action plan, and completing a formal mentoring agreement.

LIBOR invites those who are interested in a career in real estate and may have thought it was beyond their grasp, to learn about the many paths that are available for them in the industry. The Association also encourages REALTORS® who are interested in sharing their experiences, helping mentees unlock their potential, increasing diversity in real estate, and expanding their influence across the industry to apply to the NAR Spire program.

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Press Release Contact:
Christina DeFalco-Romano
Communications Manager
(631) 661-4800 Ext. 358

Long Island Board of REALTORS®, Inc. (also known as LIBOR) is a 30,000-member, not-for-profit trade association that serves real estate professionals throughout Nassau, Suffolk and Queens counties. Founded over 100 years ago, LIBOR is the fourth-largest local REALTOR® board in the United States.