Chicago-based Urban Real Estate managing partner Matt Farrell was recognized Tuesday evening by the Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR) for being named the Chicago REALTOR® of the Year (ROTY). The dinner, held at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, in Springfield, Illinois, honored those recognized by their local REALTOR® associations from across the state.
According to IAR’s Web site, the ROTY is “Presented to an individual whose dedication to excellence has most profoundly enhanced the professional image of REALTORS® in the State of Illinois. The award recognizes the REALTOR® of the Year’s personal leadership and service qualities, applied not only to the real estate industry, but also to the promotion of civic, community and charitable causes.”
“The REALTOR® community in Chicago and across the state, has been a remarkable source for our development and growth as professionals,” says Farrell. “The contributions I have made with our Urban Real Estate team, have created solid industry relationships, helped us lead on legislative and taxation issues at the local, state and national levels; and fostered conversations about the obstacles which exist in our own backyard. It is truly an honor to be recognized with my esteemed peers from across Illinois.”
Farrell joined the ranks of the REALTOR® association leadership when he joined the Chicago Association of REALTORS (C.A.R.) board of directors in 2009. In his first year, he helped spearhead the association’s young professional network, creating a community for new and forward-thinking brokers and agents to connect over technology, best practices, and legislative actions. The effort was later recognized with a national award. In 2013, Farrell became president of C.A.R., and has been a relied upon voice on all things Chicago real estate for local and national reporters, alike.
In addition to his industry work, Farrell and Urban Real Estate also contribute to other organizations including the Union League Boys & Girls Clubs which serves almost 13,000 of Chicago’s youths across 9 different facilities, as well as All Chicago, uniting our community and providing resources to ensure and sustain the stability of home.