Illinois REALTOR® Magazine  | October 2013
By Michael D. Oldenettel | CRS, GRI, 2013 IAR President
Has it really been a year already?
Last year at this time I was preparing for a full term as president of the Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR).
Sure, I knew about all the meetings I had to go to, the trips to lawmakers’ offices to lobby on key issues and the many valuable networking events held by IAR, but I had no idea how much the association’s members could get done in such a short period of time.
I shouldn’t have been surprised.
IAR demonstrated the association’s relevance to our members, and the relevance of our members to their clients and the public, whether it was relentlessly fighting bad policy in Springfield or pushing for changes to the state’s Real Estate License Act.
In the last year, IAR’s members successfully battled back against a homestead exemption bill which would have hurt consumers. Together we soundly defeated an end-run by the state fire marshal to require costly sprinkler systems in new homes and older high-rise residential buildings.
Because of the association’s advocacy throughout the state, lawmakers and consumers know that there is tremendous power in the REALTOR® brand. They know our members make a difference in whatever they do, whether it’s coaching a youth league athletic team or fighting to preserve the mortgage interest deduction on Capitol Hill.
It’s been a great year to be a REALTOR® in so many ways.
The market is more vibrant and our industry voice is stronger.
So as I close out my tenure with the gavel, I say a humble “thanks.”
You’ve made the industry and your communities better, a testament to excellence that will extend far beyond my term as president.
The Illinois Association of REALTORS®’ will recognize 2013 President Michael D. Oldenettel and the entire IAR Leadership Team at an Oct. 2 banquet where REALTOR® Phil Chiles will be installed as the 2014 IAR President and the 2014 slate of officers  will begin their term.