The National Association of Realtors and Indiana Secretary of State have approved a merger between the Greater Northwest Indiana Association of Realtors and Starke-Pulaski Board of Realtors.
The merger was approved unanimously by the GNIAR members and took effect May 1. Approval from the national organization was needed to finalize the deal.
Starke and Pulaski counties are located to the southeast of GNIAR's current territory of Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Newton and Jasper counties.
The Starke-Pulaski group brings about 20 additional members into the GNIAR mix.
GNIAR itself is the product of a 1995 merger when Northwest Indiana, Duneland, South Lake County and Jasper-Newton associations came together.
“GNIAR’s history is based off of growth and consolidation," GNIAR CEO Peter Novak Jr. said. "These forward-thinking mergers in the past have made us the strong association we are today. We are confident that adding Starke and Pulaski counties to our jurisdiction will be mutually beneficial to our membership and members of the public."
Novak said the merger will align itself with the eastward traffic patterns currently occurring in the marketplace.