MRED becomes Centennial Sponsor for IAR’s 100th Anniversary

The Illinois Association of REALTORS® is pleased to announce that Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED) has become the official Centennial Sponsor in celebrating the association’s 100th year.

Snip20151009_2Founded in 1916, IAR will begin celebration of this important milestone in October with the association’s annual business meetings and inaugural banquet. The Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR) represents 43,000 real estate professionals engaged in all aspects of the real estate business.

Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED), based in Lisle, Ill., is a multiple listing service providing real estate information to nearly 40,000 Chicago area brokers and appraisers and 8,000 offices.



“MRED is proud to honor the Illinois Association of REALTORS® for its great contributions to real estate for the past 100 years,” said Rebecca Jensen, President/Chief Executive Officer of MRED. “It is more important than ever for our industry to support the efforts of IAR and celebrate its successes in advocacy, education and ethics. We have a special relationship with our state association and are thrilled that we can show our admiration for IAR by being the Centennial Sponsor.”

In 2016, Springfield, Ill.-based IAR plans a series of celebrations to mark the association’s work on behalf of the real estate industry and its clients. Since its inception, IAR has pushed for industry professionalism and public policies which protect private property rights.

2016 IAR President Mike Drews


“Many of IAR’s members are MRED customers, and this longstanding partnership between the two organizations shows how excellence in managing real estate data and attention to professional real estate practices combine to serve the best interests of Illinois property owners,” said IAR President Mike Drews, GRI.

MRED’s Centennial Sponsorship will be reflected throughout the remainder of 2015 and into 2016. A Centennial Sponsor will have an enhanced presence in the association’s magazine, Illinois REALTOR®, on the association’s website and newsletters and at IAR events.

“There are very few organizations which make it 100 years and there are even fewer which can say they have had an impact on an industry in the way IAR has,” said IAR Immediate Past President Jim Kinney, ABR, CRB, CRS, GRI, SRES. “Illinois REALTORS® work to maintain the highest standards in real estate practice, and we’re delighted to have MRED as a partner to commemorate this century of excellence.”

Name change sanctioned by IAR board at Fall Business Meetings

The Illinois Association of REALTORS®’ Board of Directors voted unanimously to change the name of the organization this week.

The change would switch from the name the association has used since 1973 to Illinois REALTORS®. The name change will have to be registered with the state and must be approved by the National Association of REALTORS®.

It is anticipated the name will be in formal use in late April.

At the Oct. 6 meeting, 2015 IAR President Jim Kinney noted that many already refer to the association as Illinois REALTORS®.

Several other state REALTOR® associations have adopted similar name changes, including Florida and Michigan.

IAR, which celebrates 100 years of service in 2016, has operated under a number of names. At one time it was briefly known as the Illinois REALTORS® Association and then became the Illinois Association of Real Estate Boards in 1923.

Letter: Will County communities should curb impact fees to spur growth

IAR’s Gideon Blustein, regional manager for member outreach, wrote a letter to the editor of the Herald News about how getting rid of impact fees might actually help schools with lagging enrollments and increase economic investment.

Blustein’s letter noted that several Will County communities have reduced the fees and at least one of the communities has already seen housing growth. Housing growth translates into potentially higher enrollments. It also puts more money into the local economy. .

The hashtag winner for the 100th Anniversary contest; start using it now

Illinois REALTORS® selected from among a number of hashtags to use throughout the year on social media.

The winner was revealed by 2016 IAR President Mike Drews at an inaugural gala held in Oak Brook Hills on Oct. 6, 2015. The winner was #IAR100YearsStrong.

The contest was part of several elements to a launch for IAR’s 100th anniversary in 2016. The association created a logo highlighting the anniversary, and special pins were distributed to guests to wear throughout the year.


Drews becomes IAR president; logo celebrates IAR’s 100 years

IAR Treasurer Matt Difanis and President-elect Doug Carpenter congratulate 2016 President Mike Drews at the association's Inaugural Gala held Oct. 6, 2015, in Oak Brook Hills. Photo: Mike Hudson

IAR’s 2016 President Mike Drews told REALTORS® that the association would enter its 100th year with a special anniversary logo.

IAR's anniversary logo.

Drews was formally installed as president at the Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015 inaugural at the Hilton Oak Brook Hills Resort and Conference Center. In a speech that touched on his love for Westerns and the White Sox, Drews unveiled the logo as a kickoff for a year of events marking IAR’s 100th anniversary.

Drews’ leadership team was also sworn in. Matt Difanis becomes treasurer, Doug Carpenter is president-elect and Jim Kinney is immediate past president.