The Chicago Association of REALTORS® will induct co-founder of the Chicago Association of REALTORS® Foundation and Chicago Association of REALTORS® Past President Marion Valle, Managing Broker & Owner of Valle Realty, into its Hall of Fame on September 22, 2023, at the 140th Inaugural Gala.
Marion Valle’s impressive real estate career has spanned over 50 years and has had a marked impact on real estate in the state of Illinois, the Chicago Association of REALTORS® and its Foundation.
Valle’s impact on the real estate industry is seen within the historic appointments and positions he has held. He was the first full time Commissioner of Real Estate for the State of Illinois. During this time, he helped to build the foundation for the regulation of real estate in Illinois as we know it today. After his tenure as Commissioner, Valle was appointed by the 1980 National Association of REALTORS® President Ralph Pritchard to lead the creation of the association’s Political Affairs Division and oversaw the association’s RPAC.
Following this position, Valle became Senior Vice President of Seay & Thomas. He became president of the Chicago Association of REALTORS® in 1991 and played an integral part in merging the Chicago Association of REALTORS® with the North Side Real Estate Board. This merger was a critical step towards Fair Housing in Illinois, as it provided its members with the same access to properties through the MLS. During its inception, membership increased from approximately 3,500 members to over 10,000. Additionally, he brought his knowledge of RPAC to the association, and began CARPAC.
Valle is also a founding trustee of the Chicago Association of REALTORS® Education Foundation. Valle worked to charter the Foundation and provide scholarships for real estate education, as well as charitable grants for organizations that positively impact the city of Chicago. Valle’s involvement throughout the fabric of the Foundation is actively demonstrated through his valued insight, passion, strategic input and ambassadorship. Without Valle’s continuous leadership, tenacity and forethought, the Foundation would not be what it is today.
“Marion Valle has had a vast career in the real estate industry and been part of many monumental decisions that have changed the way we practice real estate in Illinois. He has created greater opportunities for those within our industry,” 2023 Chicago Association of REALTORS® President Sarah Ware, Ware Realty Group, said. “We are proud to welcome him into our Hall of Fame this year.”
Valle’s successful career has earned him induction into the Chicago Association of REALTORS® Foundation Hall of Fame. Established in 1986, this honor celebrates those professionals with truly outstanding contributions to the real estate industry. Induction is extended to those individuals whose leadership and accomplishments soar above and beyond the ordinary. Character, accomplishment, reputation and contribution to the business, culture and environment are all necessary attributes for the Hall of Fame.