Association News

Real estate associations support brokers in a number of ways, many of which take place behind the scenes. What’s happening at your local association? How are they serving their members? This monthly feature, penned by association leaders, offers the inside scoop on how associations small and large are helping to improve the industry.

Challenges, perseverance and opportunities are on the menu for 2023

Kenny Parcell, the 2023 president of the National Association of REALTORS®, opens up about what’s in store for the coming year.

The top 5 Association News items from 2022

Every month, association leaders write in to Chicago Agent to share their thoughts about not only the market but the realtor community at large. Here’s what they said in 2022.

Why pay dues?

Jim Haisler, CEO of the Heartland REALTOR® Organization, discusses the benefits of membership in various REALTOR® organizations.

NAGLREP says, “It’s time to dig into your niche”

“Nobody has a crystal ball, but we know markets are changing. It’s time to dig into your niches,” writes Jeff Berger, founder of the National Association of Gay & Lesbian Real Estate Professionals.

Loyalty … It’s what we work for!

“Member loyalty begins with association loyalty,” writes Chris Studebaker, CEO of the REALTOR® Association of the Fox Valley. “As a member of an association … your association will support you.”

The case for building starter homes

NAHB Chairman Jerry Konter discusses the potential opportunities of smaller starter homes amid the nation’s affordability crisis.

Knowledge is power for rookies as we move into the rest of 2022

Mortgage rates are increasing, and the market is stabilizing from its lightning pace. How can you ensure that the momentum you gained over the last few years continues?

Making the American Dream happen: It’s Who We Are

“There are not many other industries or callings in America where one can say ‘I am’ responsible for making the American dream happen,” writes Illinois REALTORS® CEO Jeff Baker.

Overcoming Adversity: The recovery and growth of the Women’s Council of REALTORS®

COVID was a setback for many associations, but it offered the Women’s Council of REALTORS® the opportunity to get creative and dig deep to find ways to connect meaningfully with members across the country.

Chicagoland real estate’s brave new world

“Like so many other industries, the real estate world is discovering that some of our ‘temporary’changes may be more permanent than we once imagined — and that’s not necessarily bad for us or for our clients.” — Jeff Lasky, CEO, North Shore-Barrington Association of REALTORS®

AREAA fostering progress through greater accessibility

“The AAPI community is undergoing a period of rapid growth, in sheer numbers and in cultural impact … At AREAA, we are proud and humbled to play our part in fostering progress that will lead to greater accessibility and opportunity for the growing AAPI community.” — Tim Hur, president of the Asian Real Estate Association of America

Advocacy, community and the REALTOR® next door

“I’ve noticed that the biggest way communities change is through relationships. REALTORS® are often well-connected and can be a resource to the decision-makers because we know the needs of a community.” — Mainstreet President-Elect Debbie Pawlowicz

Statistics, Statistics, Statistics

“Of the 12 stats we publish monthly via MRED and InfoSparks, there are two I really like: percent of original list price received and month’s supply of inventory.” — Jim Haisler, CEO of Heartland REALTOR® Organization

A 2022 real estate forecast

“Expect strong housing demand to continue and prices to increase, although both will likely moderate over the next 12 months,” writes incoming NAR President Leslie Rouda Smith.

Chicago Association of REALTORS® gearing up for its best year ever

Antje Gehrken, Chicago Association of REALTORS® president, discusses initiatives that she will oversee in the year to come.

NAR must remain at the forefront of growth and innovation

This was the year that we proceeded slowly and cautiously to get our lives back to normal. When fans returned to stadiums, students returned to classrooms and tourists returned to flights, landmarks and hotel rooms.

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