Chicago, IL May 22, 2017 — The National Association of Realtors® has announced that Antje Gehrken, a Realtor® from Chicago, IL has become a Sterling R President’s Circle Major Investor in the Realtors® Political Action Committee. RPAC is a national bipartisan grassroots-based political advocacy organization that works to protect the real estate industry and the dream of homeownership for Chicago area residents and across the country.

Ms. Gehrken has supported RPAC for 5 years and has been a member of the National Association of Realtors® since 2011. She is also a CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Manager), a Director of the Board for the Chicago Association of Realtors, an esteemed member of its Executive Committee, and the Chair of the Professional Development Advisory Group. Ms. Gehrken is the President and Managing Broker of the highly-lauded, boutique brokerage A.R.E. Partners.

“Supporting RPAC is a win – win: a win for my clients in protecting their homeowner and investment interests; and a win for me and my brokers in allowing us to continue providing top-notch service to our clients.” said Ms. Gehrken.

Since 1969, RPAC has promoted the election of pro-real estate candidates across the United States. The purpose of RPAC is to elect officials who understand and support the interests of real estate professionals and their home buying, selling and investing clients. RPAC uses its resources to seek to elect candidates that understand and support real estate, and to develop public policies that allow consumers to own homes and build their communities through commercial investment. Ms. Gehrken’s investment will be applied to supporting homeownership, commercial real estate transactions, and the very future of the real estate industry.

Current Realtor® priorities include working to preserve the Mortgage Interest Deduction and preventing the use of guarantee fees charged on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac-backed loans to fund non-housing programs, which serves as a tax on consumers and prevents more qualified borrowers from becoming actual homeowners.

The National Association of Realtors®, “The Voice for Real Estate,” is America’s largest trade association, representing 1.2 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.