6 REALTOR® NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2014 REALTORMAG.REALTOR.ORG
An intense mix of emotions filled the Sept. 30 editorial meet- ing I attended for this issue of
REALTOR® Magazine. All of us awoke
that day to learn that real estate agent
Beverly Carter, from Pulaski County, Ark.,
had been found dead after a scheduled
property showing. The killing of one of
our own reminds us of how fragile life is
and how dangerous our job can be. I hope
this tragedy serves as a wake-up call for
everyone in the business.
But Sept. 30 was also an exciting day
for the industry with the report that Move
Inc., which operates realtor.com®, would
be acquired by Rupert Murdoch-led News
Corp. Expectations are high that the deal
will be transformative.
Personally, it was a rewarding day for
me as I got to share my thoughts about
the state of the business and association
activities as this issue’s guest editor. The
past year for me has been all about the
Power of R. As the 2014 president of the
Illinois Association of REALTORS® and a
team leader for The Real Estate Group in
Springfield, Ill, the mantra was my inau-
gural conference theme and was also, to
my delight, adopted by NAR.
For me, the Power of R manifests in
a number of ways. It conveys the power
we wield through RPAC contributions.
Our investments shape the way policy is
developed at all levels of government and
help us to elect like-minded officials. In Illinois we have RVOICE, our local advocacy
program, which has had a huge impact
on the business of real estate at the local
government level. The Power of R also is
voiced through our ethics and our professionalism, and it has been showcased
on the last page of this magazine all year
through profiles of REALTORS® who
demonstrate their impact (page 48).
As individual REALTORS®, our volunteer activities bring the Power of R to life.
For me, that includes a longtime commitment to Habitat for Humanity. This
year, IAR funded and built three Habitat
homes in Illinois, signaling our concern
about affordable housing for consumers.
Reading about the achievements of the
Good Neighbor award winners featured in
this issue gives me an extra boost of pride
about the REALTOR® family (page 29).
Together we make a difference. I hope
you feel the same.
By Phil Chiles
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A Rollercoaster Day at the Office
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Editor Wendy Cole, center, and Publisher Stacey Moncrieff.