Young Professionals Network (YPN)

YPN is Energizing the Future of the Real Estate Industry!

What is YPN?

The Young Professionals Network is a dynamic entry point for real estate professionals striving to become more successful in their careers and gain leadership experience. By providing this entry point, NAR is building a new, diverse generation of leaders, strengthening members’ affinity for the REALTOR® brand early in their career, and gaining a valuable perspective on generational shifts. YPN’s growth has been driven by REALTORS®. YPN has evolved from a REALTORS® Magazine offshoot to a determined, passionate, savvy group of members who use social media effectively and transparently and who are committed to strengthening the REALTOR® brand.

The ECAR Young Professionals Network is only available to members of the Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®

To join the ECAR YPN Committee and/or to be added to the ECAR YPN Network List, please email YPN@easternctrealtors.com.


Happening Now with YPN at ECAR

YPN’s Habitat for Humanity Build Day -02/06/24

Join our YPN on Tuesday, February 6th on their first 2024 Habitat for Humanity Build Day! For more information on how to register, click here!

YPN Ugly Sweater Party – 12/13/23

Congratulations to our YPN on a successful Toy Drive at Fat Tuna in Waterford! The donations raised help over 400 families in the area have an extra special holiday season.

YPN’s Habitat for Humanity Build Day – 10/26/23

Our YPN participated in their 3rd Habitat Humanity Build Day of the year! They were able to put the finishing touches on a property! Thank you to Habitat for Humanity for hosting us and CorePlus FCU for lunch!

YPN’s Trivia Fundraiser at Outer Light Brewery – 08/22/23

YPN raised over $1,700 in donations and school supplies for the Moriarty Magnet School in Norwich while having fun at Trivia Night. Thank you to Outer Light Brewery for letting us use your space and donations!

YPN’s Next Habitat for Humanity Group Build Day – 7/21/23

  1. Sign up to join the ECAR build crew:
    – Go to www.habitatect.org/volunteer
    – Click the VolunteerUP Button (upper right).
    – Log-in and return to the calendar to select a day and project (07/21/2023 YPN Group Build) will appear under Project 2 Norwich on calendar.
    – This will take you to a screen with information about the day. Choose an e-mail reminder, and then click “sign up”.
    – You should see a page that says “sign up confirmation”. If you do not see “sign up confirmation”, fix the error indicated and click “sign up” again.

ECAR REbar: Real Estate Breakouts and Roundtables – 6/29/23

ECAR YPN’s REbar event on June 29, 2023 at La Grua Center in Stonington was a success! Special thanks to Randi Brandt, NAR YPN, for her inspirational advice on facing a changing, challenging market. Also thanks go out to, Alexa Kebalo Hughes, NAR YPN, and Quincy Clayton, ECAR Past President, for their insight and participation. This event was supported by the following sponsors:

  • Women’s Council of Realtors Eastern CT
  • Carol Balbuena, BR Insurance
  • Renovation Sells Southern New England
  • Spencer & Lynn Wine and Spirit Merchant

Financial Literacy Event at Three Rivers – 4/05/23

ECAR’s Young Professionals are out in the community making a difference every chance they get! ECAR YPN committee members visited Three Rivers Community College to teach a class in Financial Literacy! See the full story here


Habitat for Humanity Group Build Day – 3/30/23

ECAR YPN participated in their sixth Habitat Group Build in Norwich on 3/30/23, with their biggest turnout of volunteers yet! See photos from the build day


Work-Life Balance Seminar w/ NAR’s Amanda Lott – 2/13/23

Work-life balance in any industry is hard, but REALTORS® can really struggle with it. In a world of immediate gratification and trying to stand out in your market, you have to act fast. Or do you?

Amanda Lott, the National Association of REALTORS® YPN Chair, discussed what to do when your balance is off, what it looks like when you achieve work-life harmony and shared tips and tricks from other REALTORS® around the country.


2023 Q1 Habitat for Humanity Group Build Day – 1/05/23

ECAR YPN participated in their fifth Habitat Group Build in Norwich on 1/5/23!


Habitat for Humanity Group Build Day – 9/27/22

ECAR YPN participated in their fourth Habitat Group Build in Norwich on 9/27/22! They are committed to doing a Habitat Group Build on a quarterly basis! Click here for more photos from the build day


RESource Conference Trade Show – 9/21/2022

The ECAR Young Professional Committee manned a table at the 2022 RESource Conference Trade Show to inform attendees about the benefits of YPN and encourage them to join!


Trivia Night Back to School Fundraiser – 8/23/2022

On August 23rd, ECAR YPN, held the 2nd annual Trivia Night Back to School Fundraiser at Outer Light Brewing Co.in Groton, CT! Proceeds and supplies collected at this event will be donated to the Sterling Community School in Sterling, CT. Click Here for details and photos!


NAR YPN Advance Leadership Summit in Chicago – 8/11-8/12, 2022

Our 2022 YPN Committee Chair, Amanda Polansky, and Vice-Chair, Kelly Lucas, attended the 2022 NAR YPN Advance Leadership Summit in Chicago. The invite-only event is geared to help participants grow their network, as they connect with members throughout the country, while bringing important discussions to the table on how to take their business to the next level.


YPN Networking Event – 6/30/2022

ECAR YPN’s networking event on June 30, 2022 at Saltwater Farm Vineyard was informative, inspirational, emotional…fantastic! Special thanks to the NAR speakers who shared their insights and stories, Jairo Rodriguez (NAR YPN Vice Chair), Alexa Kebalo Hughes (NAR YPN Region 1) and Kate Wright (NAR YPN Region 5). Our sincere appreciation to the Women’s Council of REALTORS® Eastern CT for co-sponsoring the event and to Dustin Maurice of Green Home Solutions for providing free shuttle services!


YPN Members win YPN and Rookie of the Year – 6/15/2022

Congratulations to our 2022 YPN Committee Chair, Amanda Polansky, and Vice-Chair, Kelly Lucas, for their well-deserved wins at ECAR’s Annual Awards Banquet on June 15, 2022


Habitat for Humanity Group Build Day – 5/26/22

ECAR YPN participated in their third Habitat Group Build in Norwich on 5/26/22! They are committed to doing a Habitat Group Build on a quarterly basis!


DEI-Themed Membership Meeting Sponsored by YPN – 4/13/22

ECAR YPN sponsored the 4/13/22 “Trailblazing a Path to Home Ownership” Membership Meeting!
Watch the promo | Watch the full video


Connect with ECAR YPN on Social Media

Follow ECAR’s YPN on Instagram at: https://www.instagram.com/ecar_ypn/

If you’re an ECAR Member, join our YPN Private Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ECARYPN


Mentor and Scholarship Programs

The Realtor® Mentorship Program provides financial, educational, and career support for aspiring real estate agents in Eastern Connecticut. Click here to lean more.

The ECAR Young Professionals Network P&P Real Estate Course Scholarship will reimburse the winner for the cost of the Principles & Practices course ($499). Click here to lean more.


Other YPN Resources

The YPN Lounge

Meet the Next Generations Best & Brightest

NAR Leadership Academy

*The ECAR Young Professionals Network is only available to members of the Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®

To join the ECAR YPN Committee and/or to be added to the ECAR YPN Network List, please email YPN@easternctrealtors.com.