Winter 2024: Editor’s Pick

Another year has begun! I have no doubt that 2024 will call for elevated levels of leadership and peer-to-peer support. For nearly 20 years, I have had a front-row seat to the many changes our members have experienced. However, the one constant I have seen is the value REALTORS® bring to their clients, peers and our communities. I’ve witnessed the care and pride you take in being a trusted advisor—and the way many of you pour into each other by sharing inspiration, insights and knowledge.

Once again, we are experiencing changes in our industry, and the association is working hard to provide you with the resources you need.

Our Forms and Contracts Committee painstakingly reviews documents line by line to create a comprehensive set of forms and contracts for our members. They recently rolled out a new Exclusive Right to Sell Listing Agreement to adapt to industry changes.

Our Public Policy Coordinating Committee works with our Government Affairs Directors and leadership to fight against legislation that will hurt you, your clients and your communities. Read more from chair Staci Slattery on what’s in store for 2024 and how you can get more involved.

Our education team has put together a robust schedule of courses to help you hone your skills in buyer and seller representation. They have also launched the first three of twelve new skill-builder courses built for long-term REALTOR® success. Many REALTOR® members have provided their knowledge and skills to shape the content of these courses.

Our leadership team has ensured we bring in speakers to share with you the most up-to-date information. It’s through this peer-to-peer support that we hosted our fall Managing Broker Forum where we discussed buyer representation and our January Market Outlook where we bring in economists to share what is in store for Chicago real estate in 2024— including a session on buyer representation. Visit our website at for a full list of upcoming events.

These are just a few of the ways our members ensure we are best prepared for the future. Our association isn’t some unknown entity, rather it is all of you coming together to ensure you are the best, trusted advisor you can be to make the dream of homeownership possible.

The industry will always change and adapt. I am confident in the value of REALTORS® in the homeownership process and in ensuring our association continues to provide the tools and resources you need. As always, don’t hesitate to reach out — I’d love to hear from you.