Pathway to Achievement Program

Promoting diversity within Realtor® membership

The MNR Pathway to Achievement Program is designed to promote diversity within the Realtor® membership by helping people outside of Minnesota’s racial majority join the Realtor® community and enhance their probability of long-term success in the real estate profession.

The program forges an alliance between the recipient, sponsoring broker, local association, and Minnesota Realtors® (MNR). Candidates must be a person outside of Minnesota's racial majority and demonstrate a commitment to becoming a successful real estate salesperson. The sponsoring broker provides a mentor and in-house training for the recipient to optimize the success of the new licensee. Ideally, the candidate would be a new licensee who has not had a license for more than six months and who is aspiring to become a full-time salesperson. The program is intended to provide startup assistance to candidates who have not previously held a real estate license.

The MNR Pathway to Achievement Program offers recipients coverage for one year of Realtor® Association dues and six months of MLS and lockbox fees as well as the chance to attend additional specified courses and educational events. The total value of the program is up to $1,600 and includes the following:

  • MNR covers one year of MNR dues;
  • MNR covers new member fee;
  • MNR covers one year of NAR dues;
  • MNR covers a free ticket to the annual UNITE! Convention;
  • MNR covers 4 GRI courses that count towards CE credits;
  • Participating local association covers one year of local dues;
  • Participating local association covers new member fee (if applicable);
  • Participating local association covers 6 months of lockbox and 6 months of MLS fees.
These dues benefits apply to the current calendar year if the applicant has not yet paid Realtor® Association dues, or to the following year if initial application fees have already been paid.

The fees paid by MNR or the participating local association for Pathway to Achievement are returned via a 2 year pay it forward model. For Year 1 the candidates pay it forward with 10 volunteer hours of service for any 501(c) organization. For Year 2 we ask that the candidate apply to participate in an association committee. If the candidate doesn’t get chosen to participate on the committee, we ask they serve another 10 hours volunteering for any 501(c) organization.

The ideal candidate will have considered what it will take to be a successful real estate salesperson and will have prepared a one-year, and five-year business plan. The ideal candidate also considers what can be done to further and enhance his or her education and how he or she can best contribute to the real estate community and the local community as a whole.

Applications are open September 1st — October 15th. Apply below!

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For more information, contact Laurie Ganz at