NAEA Propertymark’s new president Stephen McCarron has said he intends to focus on making agency an attractive option for school leavers during his term.
Speaking exclusively to Estate Agent Today, McCarron who runs Donnybrook Estate Agents in Northern Ireland, said professionalism is at the core of Propertymark.
He said: “We have to close the gap between school leavers and people who eventually become agents.
“I don’t ever remember going to a careers fair where someone said ‘become an estate agent.’
“You could become a doctor or a mechanical engineer but agency is missing.
“There is a gap at apprenticeship level and school leaver level, that is the final link.”
McCarron said he would like Propertymark to be the main qualifications provider if or when Regulation of Property Agent rules on minimum standards come in and is keen to get more members actively involved in the trade body.
He said: “I know a lot of members are passive in their membership.
“Some pay their fees and may read the magazine but I want to explain how much more they can get in terms of networking and educational opportunities.”
It comes as the Propertymark board revealed its new member-elected directors.
Following a rigorous election process, Michael Alan Sears and Mish Liyanage will join the specialist skillset of the current Propertymark board to help drive its strategy.
Michael is the Managing Director of Sealeys Estate Agents and has worked in the property industry for more than 25 years, commencing his career with an agency in London Docklands in the early 1990s.
Mish is managing director of The Mistoria Group, a property company in the north of England which offers property investment, sourcing, renovations, sales and lettings services.
With extensive experience in property, taxation and financial management across a range of industries and sectors, Mish founded Mistoria Investments and Estate Agents back in 2009 and at present specialises in student house shares, professional and social housing markets and has six branches across, Salford, Manchester, Walkden, Bolton, Liverpool and Cheadle.