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Teenagers open door on real estate world

Making memories: Interns Jared Lawrence, third from right, and Torri Wilson, second from right, with Rego Sotheby’s International Realty staff Ahmad Ahad, Rachael Correia, Cathy Albright, Steve Bowie, Ben Rego and Danielle Spurling

Two young Bermudians have completed a summer internship programme at real estate company Rego Sotheby’s International Realty.

According to a press release from Rego, Berkeley Institute seniors Torri Wilson, 16, and Jared Lawrence, 17, thrived during the eight-week programme, learning many facets of the real estate industry that they previously were unaware of.

Working and rotating with the Rego Sotheby’s International Realty team primarily in the marketing, commercial, and rental departments, the interns also gained experience in administration and professional services.

Torri, a hopeful for The Rotary Youth Exchange Programme who is considering becoming an underwriter in insurance, said: “Every day was different; you were always busy or on the move. Within my eight weeks here, I saw the most beautiful properties — whether it was commercial or residential, I met some amazing people, and learnt a lot on the way.

“Within this career there is a set terminology to use and everything is confidential. There is an infectious constructive atmosphere here, where everyone is upbeat and willing to help with anything.”

Jared, an aspiring forensic accountant, said: “I never thought the real estate industry was this complex until I joined this team and had a first real glimpse as a real estate intern.

“From day one I felt as if I was a part of the Rego Sotheby’s International Realty family. I knew I was getting the rare experience that most kids do not get at my age. I thank the people at this company and what they have given back. They can make a huge impact on the way kids my age look at their island and start to appreciate their Bermuda home like I now do.”

Programme coordinator Ben Rego said: “We take our summer internship programme seriously and were proud to have our entire company involved in order to really make this a memorable experience for Torri and Jared.

“The success of the programme did not hinge on simply teaching them about the intricacies of the real estate industry. We wanted them to be able to spread their wings, step out of their comfort zones, and be invested in how a company operates in a professional setting.”

Fellow co-ordinator Danielle Spurling said: “The tools they have learnt and the connections they have made here will hopefully benefit them for the rest of their lives. Whether or not they ultimately take on a challenging career in real estate, these two certainly have what it takes to succeed in any industry.”