30-under-30-covershort Applications for Realtor magazine’s annual “30 Under 30″ feature are open — so if you or someone you respect (Realtors® only, please) will be under 30 on May 31, 2012, why not apply?

Contest judges will be looking at how successful the candidates are, but that’s only the beginning.

Community and professional leadership also are important factors. We strive for balance: We want to ensure we have a diverse group of finalists in terms of business niches, gender, ethnic background, and geographic location. Finally, we look for compelling stories that bring to life innovative business strategies that have worked for you or obstacles you’ve overcome.

You can get all the details from the 30 Under 30 FAQ at Realtor.com. Applications are due by Jan. 15, 2012. And click here to read why Realtor® magazine senior editor Katherine Tarbox thinks you should apply.