Merger inspires name change for Bloomington-Normal Association of
REALTORS® to Mid-Illinois REALTORS® Association.
Bloomington, Il. August 21, 2020 - As of July 1, 2020, the Livingston County Board of REALTORS® (LCBR) officially merged with Bloomington-Normal Association of REALTORS® (BNAR). LCBR was an association located in Pontiac, Illinois consisting of 12 brokerages and 30 REALTOR® members. Livingston real estate agents are now part of an association with over 500 REALTOR® members.
The merger prompted a name change for BNAR to Mid-Illinois REALTORS® Association (MIRA) to reflect the total market service area of McLean, DeWitt, Livingston and Woodford counties.
The merger came less than 4 months after the two associations voted to merge.
“The merger gives our members an even higher level of professionalism at the association level along with opportunities for education, to better network with area REALTORS®, participate on committees, better serve our clients and our communities,” said Terry Sullivan, the new MIRA board representative for Livingston County members. “This is a win-win for everyone.”
Julie Moore, 2020 President of LCBR said, “The decision to merge was not taken lightly. Our board members worked many hours on this, and our general member's votes were heard. It has been a great decision in my opinion! The LCBR's felt we could not keep up with technology, education and the core duties (to name a few) we needed to do to keep up our small board in Livingston County. BNAR has been very welcoming and informative in this merger. MIRA will have so many more opportunities to learn so we can service our clients even better now that we are one board.”
“We are excited about LCBR joining our REALTOR® family, said Diane Cote, MIRA CEO. Gina Manker, former CEO, and the leadership of LCBR have been incredible to work with through this transition. This merger fits our mission of creating meaningful opportunities for all our members and their clients. We are better together.”
MIRA was founded to perfect the professionalism of the practice of real estate while protecting homeownership and private property rights. Along the way, we've grown from our original 13 members to nearly 500 professionals of realtors, appraisers and affiliate partners reinventing the way real estate is bought and sold and assisting in the growth and health of our communities.
Contact: Penny Wilson, MIRA President – P: 309-319-4008 – E: [email protected]