Frequently Asked Questions

2016 marks the seventh annual YPN 20 under 40 Rising Stars in Real Estate Awards. This award is given to 20 HAR members 40 years of age or younger who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of sales, leadership and community involvement. Here are answers to all of your questions about the 20 Under 40 Rising Stars program.

How can I submit an application? You can access the Application Form and FAQs at

Who’s eligible to enter?
Any REALTOR ® member of the Houston Association of REALTORS who is 40 years old or younger on April 30, 2016 is eligible.

What is the deadline? Applications must be submitted by August 1, 2016.

Can I make changes to my submitted application? You can make changes and updates to your saved applications until August 1, 2016.

What is the qualification period: May 1, 2015 through April 30, 2016.

What is the Selection Committee looking for? 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, cultural background, and geographic location. Finally, we look for compelling stories – such as interesting business strategies or obstacles overcome.

What is the Selection Process? Initially all applications are screened by the Selection Committee (composed of the YPN Advisory Group Chair; YPN Immediate Past Chair, YPN Awards Founding Chair; YPN Staff Liaison, YPN Advisory Group appointee, HAR Chief Communications Officer and 2016 HAR Chair of the Board) to ensure all necessary information has been provided. The Selection Committee reviews applications, weighing the factors mentioned above until a consensus is reached on 20 semi finalists and 5 alternates. Semifinalists are vetted through TREC for ethical violations or disciplinary actions. If a semi finalist is disqualified for any reason, a replacement is chosen from the list of alternates.

How will you verify my production for the qualification period? Production is based on sold transactions reported in the MLS (both listing and selling side) and rentals for the qualification period of May 1, 2015 through April 30, 2016. Commercial transactions are self reported on the application form.

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

May I submit other supporting documentation (awards, certificates, etc)? Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we cannot accept other supporting documents. The Selection Committee will contact you if clarification or additional information is needed.

Why do you ask about ethics violations and state regulatory actions? Will either eliminate me from consideration? Our “20 Under 40” finalists represent the next generation of industry leaders and as such they should set an example of professional and ethical behavior. An ethical violation or disciplinary action does not result in automatic disqualification. The Selection Committee will consider the circumstances and weigh the incident against other factors in your applications.

How will I know if my application was received? An e-mail acknowledgment 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.

How and when will I be notified of the Selection Committee’s decision? All applicants will be notified of their status via e-mail or phone by early September.

How will the winners be announced? Announcements will appear in HAR’s November publications (group photo of winners appears on the magazine cover with story), including the 5 Minute Newsletter and print and electronic editions of the monthly Houston Realtor® Magazine. A press release will be sent to selected local and national media outlets and the winners will be listed on’s awards page in perpetuity.

Will there be an awards ceremony? Awards will be presented at the YPN Fall luncheon on October 5, 2016 at the Bayou City Events Center.

Who can I contact if I have more questions? Rozlynn Crew, YPN Staff Liaison, 713 629-1900 ext. 222 or