Dick Koestner Receives L. Martin Lee Political Involvement Award

posted by Mark Gavin | Oct 12, 2016

The Iowa Association of REALTORS (IAR) recently presented Dick Koestner of Davenport with the L. Martin Lee Political Involvement Award at the annual convention. Koestner, a REALTOR® and Certified General Residential Real Estate Property Appraiser in Iowa and Illinois, has been involved in the real estate profession for more than 35 years. Koestner is the broker-owner of Koestner and Associates, an appraisal company headquartered in Davenport with branch offices in Burlington, Cedar Rapids, and Iowa City. Dick holds the Senior Residential Appraiser (SRA) Designation with the Appraisal Institute.

Dick Koester Political Involvement Award

Koestner served as president of the IAR in 1998. Dick is the only member to receive IAR's REALTOR® of the Year Award two times, first in 1999 and again in 2010. Dick was inducted into the Omega Tau Rho service fraternity in 1999. Dick has served on the Executive Committee, Legislative Committee, RPAC Trustees, and Public Policy Committee for several years. He has served as chair of the REALTOR® Foundation of Iowa, and of multiple other IAR committees and task forces.

He has been a member of the Appraisal Institute since 1987. He has also served as member of the Board of Directors of the Iowa Chapter, and as a member of the Professional Standards and Candidate Guidance Committees.

In 2001, Koestner was appointed by the Governor to the Iowa Real Estate Appraiser Examining Board. Since then he has been chair, vice chair, and chair of the disciplinary committee, and a member of the ethics committee. In addition to residential property, he has worked on FHA assignments, subdivisions, as well as commercial and industrial buildings.

Koestner has served as a director, regional vice president and executive committee member of the National Association of REALTORS®. Dick has served many years as a Federal Political Coordinator and regularly speaks with Senator Grassley and his staff on real estate issues. In addition, he was the 1987 president of his local board, the Greater Davenport Board of REALTORS®, and was named Davenport's REALTOR® of the Year in 1988 and 1999.

Throughout the past 35 years, Koestner has also been involved with additional industry organizations and associations, including the American Institute of Real Estate Appraisers, the Society of Real Estate Appraisers, Iowa Mortgage Bankers Association, University of Northern Iowa's Real Estate Education Program Advisory Council, and Fannie Mae's Iowa Partnership Advisory Committee.

Dick and his wife Debbie have three grown children and several grandchildren. They enjoy spending time with their extended family. Dick maintains an active lifestyle with a passion for running marathons. Dick has completed 16 marathons, including the Crazy Horse Marathon in South Dakota last week!