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The leading advocate for apartment locators.

Advocating for a Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice since 2011

The National Association of Apartment Locators is a professional trade association for the apartment locating industry. Most states require apartment locators to be licensed real estate agents and hold an active real estate license, just like a Realtor. Apartment locators must abide by the real estate laws of their state. Apartment locators have a legal and ethical responsibility to the renters they represent, and the apartment communities they work with.

Every real estate agent in the United States agrees to a fiduciary responsibility when they activate their real estate license. One of the most important core values taught at every real estate school, is the importance of trust and ethics when representing another person’s interest. Every apartment locator is legally bound to put the needs of their client above their own.

How to become an apartment locator

‍Are you interested in starting an apartment locating business but don’t know where to start? Are you a broker and want to recruit locators but need training and resources? Or maybe you already have a business but need more support and training. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. The National Association of Apartment Locators has the information you need to build a successful apartment locating business.

What Is Apartment Locating?

Apartment locating is a type of real estate representation that specializes in helping clients find apartments. As an apartment locator, you act as an intermediary between landlords and tenants, helping prospective tenants find the perfect apartment that meets their needs and budget.

One of the advantages of the apartment locating business is that it requires very little start-up capital. With a computer, internet connection, and virtual phone number you can run your company from anywhere in the world.  Using automation and a few online tools and databases you can respond to incoming leads 24/7 from your home office or on a beach somewhere. Unless your goal is to grow a team, you don’t need to invest in office space or staff.

However, like any other business, success in the apartment locating business requires hard work, automated systems, consistency, dedication, and a solid understanding of your local apartment market. Your industry knowledge will be an undisputed asset to potential clients.

Why Should You Join NAAL?

Apartment locating is a small niche industry so joining NAAL can offer access to specialized resources you can’t find any where else. Here are some of the resources we offer our members:

Networking Opportunities

NAAL provides a platform for our members to connect and build relationships with out apartment locating professionals. This networking can lead to collaboration, partnerships, and access to a broader professional community.

Information Sharing

In a small niche like apartment locating, information is not readily available through mainstream channels. NAAL members only section can serve as a hub for sharing industry-specific knowledge, best practices, and insights among members.

Advocacy and Representation

NAAL advocates for the interests of our members, representing their collective voice in regulatory matters, policy discussions, and other relevant forums. This can be particularly impactful when dealing with specific challenges or opportunities unique to apartment locators.

Business Development

The training center in the members only section offers professional resources to develop your business. Includes business plans, checklists, lead tracking, email templates, text templates, worksheets, and commission training program tailored to the needs of apartment locators. This helps members stay updated on industry trends, advancements, and skills. We are adding more downloads each week.

Access to Specialized Resources

Apartment locators have specific challenges and pain points. NAAL can collect and disseminate specialized resources, such as commissions, market data, and tools that are particularly relevant to apartment locating professionals.

Credibility and Recognition

Membership in NAAL can enhance professional credibility. It signals to prospects, leads, clients, colleagues, other apartment locators, regional managers, and on site personnel that you are committed to the industry’s standards and best practices, contributing to your overall reputation.

Professional Development

In a small niche industry like locating, our members face unique challenges that can be effectively addressed through collective problem-solving. Joining our Board of Directors is one way to elevate your professional development. Leading or joining an online meeting is another way to facilitate collaboration among members, fostering a sense of community and shared responsibility while adding leadership to your professional development.

Industry Events and Conferences

With enough interest from our members we are open to organizing conferences, seminars, and events specific to the locating industry. These gatherings could provide opportunities to learn from experts, stay connected with industry changes, and collaborate with other locators in other markets.

Access to Exclusive Opportunities

NAAL would like to offer members exclusive opportunities in the future, such as participation in industry awards, recognition programs, or exclusive referral programs with participating management companies. These can contribute to professional growth and visibility within the industry.

Community Support

Being a member of NAAL provides a sense of belonging to a community of like-minded locating professionals. This support network can be invaluable, especially in a smaller industry where collaboration and mutual assistance are crucial for success. Our property relations committee helps resolve disputes and improve relationships between our members and property management personnel.

Overall, joining NAAL can significantly enhance your professional experience by providing access to resources, fostering collaboration, and promoting the collective interests of apartment locators.