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Twenty-something agents – why now is the perfect time for ARLA Propertymark Membership

Tuesday 10 September 2019

Angharad Trueman, ARLA Propertymark Representative for the Gloucestershire, Bristol, Bath and North Somerset and an ARLA Propertymark member since her twenties, highlights the benefits of membership and why being a member is something younger agents should work towards.

As a regional representative, Angharad runs many regional meetings where members are invited to attend, catch up with their peers and update their learning. She has been a member from the age of 26 but found it disappointing that there are never many twenty-somethings in attendance at meetings. She asks, why don’t more people in their twenties want to become members?

Angharad describes her top four reasons why more twenty-something lettings professionals should get into membership.

1. Career progression

For those in their twenties and beginning their career, Angharad knows that they want to stand out from the crowd and show their managers that they are serious about progressing.

She advises, "I guarantee that studying for your Propertymark Qualification, passing them, and then talking to your managers about becoming an ARLA Propertymark member will be a sure-fire way to make yourself stand out amongst other colleagues in your age bracket, who aren’t willing to devote this time and effort to their learning."

2. Legislative knowledge

If you've ever had a landlord or tenant argue with you and make you doubt your own knowledge, Angharad suggests that a Propertymark Qualification in lettings and property management gives individuals confidence in their role and responsibilities.

She describes, "When you are studying for your exams, so many things suddenly become clear as to why we do the things we do. So, when you have a landlord that won’t fix an issue or decides to turn up to his tenant’s house unannounced, or a tenant won’t allow access, you can respond back to them with your knowledge (earned from this learning) and gain a solution that works for everyone."

3. A supportive community

By becoming a member of ARLA Propertymark, you are joining a community of like-minded letting agents across the country who want to do the best for their clients.

Angharad comments on the many other benefits of joining, "Not only are you regularly updated with changes and newsletters, meaning you are ahead of the curve with legislation, you can also download free guides, attend free regional meetings and go along to the national conference, which is always a fantastic day."

4. Assistance with complicated situations

For instances where an agent may not have the answer to a tricky situation, Angharad highlights a key benefit of ARLA Propertymark membership, "All ARLA Propertymark members have access to the legal helpline which you can call at any time during the working day and get straight through to a property solicitor, who will have the answer and guidance for you within seconds."

Join Propertymark

If membership appeals to you or your peers and you want to join a great community which thousands of other property professionals are a part of, visit the website for details of the full benefits. 

Get qualified

There are many reasons to get a recognised qualification, career progression, boosting confidence, providing a first-class service to customers and getting ahead of the game in light of the recent report from the Regulation of Property Agents (RoPA) Working Group to Government. All letting agents and property managers looking to gain the knowledge and membership, as outlined by Angharad, will benefit anyone at any stage of their career.