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Chicago Association of REALTORS
Category - Professional Development - Realtor® Associations

The Chicago Association of REALTORS (C.A.R.), the “Voice for Real Estate” in Chicago since 1883, is the third largest REALTOR® association in the country, with more than 15,000 members. 

C.A.R. represents real estate practitioners from all real estate specialties, including commercial sales, development, property management, appraisal, auctions, and residential sales. Members enjoy a range of benefits and tools, including: 

  • Exceptional political advocacy at the city, local, state, and national government levels.
  • Regular, informative communication of pertinent news and trends through routine e-blasts, a newly renovated website, and Chicago REALTOR® Magazine, a 48-page bimonthly publication.
  • Networking events, regular panel discussions led by top residential, commercial, and international real estate practitioners, economic forecasts, and signature events, such as our annual Inaugural Gala, CommercialForum Honors, and Good Neighbor Awards.

Michael P. Golden (Founder, @properties) is the 2007-2008 President of the Chicago Association of REALTORS®. Virginia "Ginger" Downs, RCE, CAE, IOM, is the CEO.

C.A.R.'s diverse leadership and membership is a reflection of Chicago's nearly three million residents. Our members are fiercely dedicated to the communities they serve, giving back through involvement in numerous charitable organizations.

The REALTORS Real Estate School, located at the C.A.R. Central office, offers an array of courses and continuing education opportunities taught by exceptional faculty with years of experience in practicing real estate.

The Chicago Association of REALTORS® is now on Facebook.

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