Chicago Area Associations Plan Merger
The Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS® (MORe) and the REALTOR® Association of Northwest Chicagoland (RANWC) announced merger plans in May, pending member approval. At nearly 16,000 members, the merger of these two groups would create the largest association in Illinois, and the fourth largest in the country. In essence, MORe would absorb RANWC, with MORe CEO Pam Krieter as its head and RANWC CEO Peggy Kayser as chief programs director.
The merger is expected to produce cost savings and economies of scale, enabling the merged association to fend off a dues increase and keep its six locations open. “Our combined strength will offer our members a more unified voice in the suburban media, stronger community outreach through our charitable foundations, convenience and security of one lockbox system, streamlined professional standards processes, and increased capability for live video conferencing of classes and events at MORe and RANWC facilities,” explains Christine Chase, 2011 MORe President.
Both associations’ members are already served by a regional multiple listing service, Midwest Real Estate Data.