Matt Difanis Installed as President of Illinois REALTORS®

FOR RELEASE: October 13, 2017

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Matt Difanis Installed as President of Illinois REALTORS®

REALTOR® Matt Difanis, ABR, CIPS, GRI, of Mahomet, has been installed as the 2018 President of Illinois REALTORS®. He is a co-owner of RE/MAX Realty Associates, with offices in Champaign, Mahomet and Monticello.

Difanis took his real estate pre-licensing coursework in 1998 while still an undergraduate student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He subsequently worked full-time as a REALTOR® while attending the University of Illinois College of Law and was featured in REALTOR® Magazine’s 2004 Class of “30 Under 30.” He chose to remain in the real estate industry after earning his Juris Doctor degree and has been involved in all levels of the REALTOR® organization. He has earned the Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR) and the Graduate, REALTORS® Institute (GRI) designations.

Difanis led the Champaign County Association of REALTORS® as president in 2012 and was honored as its REALTOR® of the Year in 2013. On the national level, he has served on the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Social Media Advisory Board, Business Issues Policy Committee and is currently a member of the Professional Standards Committee and the NAR Board of Directors.

Within the Illinois REALTORS®, Difanis serves on the Illinois REALTORS®’ Board of Directors and has chaired the Strategic Planning Committee, Finance Committee, Digital Messaging & Communications Task Force, Public Policy and Government Affairs Member Involvement Group and the NAR Involvement Subcommittee. In 2018, he will chair Illinois REALTORS®’ Executive Committee and lead the state association’s Board of Directors.

Difanis has been committed to enhancing professional standards within the industry. He is an ombudsman with the Illinois REALTORS®’ Ombudsman Program and has chaired ethics, arbitration and appeals hearings throughout the state. He also is a strong supporter of REALTOR® political advocacy efforts and is a Golden “R” Major Investor in the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) and a member of NAR’s President’s Circle.

Active in his local community, Difanis is a past board president of the Mahomet Area Youth Club and continues to serve on the board’s executive committee. From 2010 to 2013, he volunteered as the official photographer for Central Illinois Honor Flight, taking 12 trips with more than 700 World War II veterans as they visited war memorials in Washington, D.C. He has also volunteered as a photographer and sound board operator at his church, Windsor Road Christian Church. In 2015, Difanis was named Central Illinois Business Magazine’s “Forty Under 40” Man of the Year. He and his wife, Angelle, live in Mahomet and are the parents of two children, Gabriel and Isabelle. His wife is a nurse practitioner, who treats patients in a convenient care clinic.

Installation ceremonies were conducted at the Illinois REALTORS® Inaugural Gala on Oct. 12 at the Chicago Marriott Naperville in Naperville, Ill. Other 2018 officers installed were: President-elect Dan Wagner, senior vice president for government relations at the Oak Brook-based Inland Real Estate Group of Companies, Inc.; and Treasurer Ed Neaves, managing broker of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Snyder Real Estate in Bloomington.

The Illinois REALTORS® is a voluntary trade association whose more than 47,000 members are engaged in all facets of the real estate industry.  In addition to serving the professional needs of its members, Illinois REALTORS® works to protect the rights of private property owners in the state by recommending and promoting legislation which safeguards and advances the interest of real property ownership.         

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