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Writing Competition for College and University Real Estate Faculty and Students Launched by IREM and the IREM Foundation

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(CHICAGO, September 6, 2012) To encourage excellence and promote scholarship in the field of real estate property and asset management, the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) and the IREM Foundation are sponsoring writing competitions for college and university students studying real estate as well as their professors.

"One of IREM's goals in support of our industry is to make real estate students aware of property management as a viable career opportunity so that our sector of the industry attracts the best and the brightest," according to IREM President James Evans, CPM. "These competitions create an avenue to raise this awareness by reaching out to the students directly and through the professors who teach them."

The faculty competition is open to instructors who teach fulltime in undergraduate or graduate degree programs in fields related to real estate. Their entries must be tied to key issues that are having a significant impact on the real estate management industry and its practitioners now and in the foreseeable future. Among these issues are access to credit; sustainability; talent management; and government regulation and political uncertainty. The winning entry will be published in IREM's Journal of Property Management.

Any full-time student enrolled in a real estate or related field is eligible to enter the student writing competition. Acknowledging the extent to which students naturally connect through social media, the topic of the student competition is how real estate managers can effectively utilize the opportunities created by social media and online marketing platforms to promote the properties they manage.

Additional information about the competition and submission guidelines can be found at


The Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) Foundation, established in 1977, is a nonprofit 501(c) (3) public foundation. The IREM Foundation is committed to attracting, developing, and retaining individuals for careers in real estate management. This mission is supported by the generosity of individual IREM members and chapters, corporate sponsors, and private contributors.

The Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) is an international community of real estate managers across all property types dedicated to ethical business practices and maximizing the value of investment real estate. An affiliate of the National Association of Realtors, IREM has been a trusted source for knowledge, advocacy and networking for the real estate management community for more than 80 years.

IREM is the only professional real estate management association serving both the multi-family and commercial real estate sectors and has 80 U.S. chapters, 14 international chapters, and several other partnerships around the globe. Worldwide membership includes nearly 18,000 individual members and over 535 corporate members.

IREM promotes ethical real estate management practices through its credentialed membership programs, including the Certified Property Manager (CPM) designation, the Accredited Residential Manager (ARM) certification, the Accredited Commercial Manager (ACoM) certification, and the Accredited Management Organization (AMO) accreditation. These esteemed credentials certify competence and professionalism for those engaged in real estate management. IREM also offers CPM Candidate, Associate, Student, and Academic memberships. All members are bound by the strictly enforced IREM Code of Professional Ethics.

Collectively, CPM Members in the United States manage nearly $2 trillion in real estate assets, including 11.4 million residential units and 10.4 billion net square feet of commercial space. To learn more about the IREM and its chapter network, call (800) 837-0706, ext. 4650 (outside the U.S. call (312) 329-6000) or visit