Three area groups representing real estate agents across Winnebago, Boone and Stephenson counties have merged into a single organization.
The new Northwest Illinois Alliance of Realtors is a combination of Rockford Area Realtors, Belvidere Board of Realtors and the Realtor Association of Northwestern Illinois based in Freeport.
The new group has 1,144 members. Before the merger, the Rockford group — the largest of the three — had 786 members.
The new group covers Boone, Winnebago, Ogle, Stephenson, Jo Daviess and Carroll counties — stretching from Belvidere in the east to Galena in the west and from South Beloit in the north to Oregon in the south.
“This merger came from a vision for a much larger and stronger organization that could provide more for its members and home buyers and could do more in terms of both community service and advocacy,” the new group’s CEO Conor Brown said in a news release.