What entices a member who’s never joined a Virginia REALTORS® event to attend for the
first time? Nikki Bernius, member of the Lynchburg Association, shares some insight about her ‘first-timer’ visit to the 2017 Legislative Advocacy Conference. Joining hundreds of energized peers for exciting networking, education, and collective advocacy was a big part of the recipe. When Nikki decided to attend the event, her focus was on meeting and networking with fellow REALTORS®, lenders, and affiliates to build valuable relationships. Since she’s relatively new to the business, her mind was also on the enhanced education experience. Her most valuable takeaway was from the Virginia REALTORS® session Disclosure Shall Set You Free, where she gained even more perspective on the many disclosures REALTORS® need to make. She’s learned that defining her role through REALTOR® expertise is essential and that providing the best customer service is a hallmark of her career.

Her tips for fellow new REALTORS®? “Find a mentor. Find someone you work well with. Someone of high caliber that can train you and show you the ropes the right way.” 

Were you a first-timer at the Legislative Advocacy Conference? Have you had a crazy showing, a challenging client, or a brilliant breakthrough? We want to share your story – big or small – so tell us about your inspirations, obstacles, and lessons. Contact us at Outreach@varealtor.com. Submissions are welcomed on a rolling basis.