The merger of the Livingston County Board of REALTORS® (LCBR) and the Bloomington-Normal Association of REALTORS® this summer has created a new organization that serves more than 500 members working in McLean, DeWitt, Livingston and Woodford counties.

The new organization is named the Mid-Illinois REALTORS® Association (MIRA) and is based in Bloomington.

“We are excited about LCBR joining our REALTOR® family,” said Diane Cote, MIRA CEO. “Gina Manker, former LCBR 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.”

Terry Sullivan, the new MIRA board representative for Livingston County members, said, “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. This is a win-win for everyone.”

Julie Moore, 2020 LCBR president, 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 LCBRs 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.”

Prior to the merger, LCBR consisted of 12 brokerages and 30 REALTORS®. The consolidation of the two local associations came four months after the associations approved the change.