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The University of San Diego's Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate, along with the Florida-based Hoyt Institute for Real Estate (HIRE), is launching a nationwide search for commercial real estate professionals interested in becoming volunteer mentors or mentees.

The mentor project is part of the commercial real estate Web resource, www.realcareers.org, a free site that was launched by HIRE to help people better understand the professional paths available in their industry, provide professional education resources and offer profiles of industry leaders for insight and inspiration. The Mentor Matchup section of the Web site will pair off students, young professionals or career changers with seasoned real estate professionals for guidance through an online matching system where those seeking mentors and those wishing to be mentors can find each other within search criteria that includes geography and interests. Mentoring may occur via e-mail, phone conversations or in person.

Five hundred commercial real estate mentors are needed nationwide, providing a great way for commercial real estate professionals to give back to the industry and share their valuable knowledge with future leaders.

The mentoring system is one of the main goals set forth by the Hoyt Institute for Real Estate. Others include:

* Enhancing the image and appeal of commercial real estate as a career path;

* Improving the attraction of the best and brightest students into real estate programs at both universities and trade associations;

* Attempting to increase the diversity of real estate professionals; and

*Providing inexpensive and free information on commercial restate to career-influencing counselors, the public and existing real estate professionals.

A printed guide of the information found on www.realcareers.org is available through www.Amazon.com or via the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties bookstore under the title Commercial Real Estate Career Education and Resource Guide.

To sign up to be a mentor or mentee, go to www.realcareers.org. To place a job or resume related to commercial real estate at no charge, go to www.real-jobs.com.

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