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Mainstreet offers RPAC headshot incentive to REALTORS® in June

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 11:39am
It’s a recurring source of humor in real estate circles: the outdated headshot photo. At some point in your career you’ve done a double take when an agent hands you a business card with a headshot that is a decade … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Mortgage rates hit 2017 low, Freddie Mac reports

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 10:13am
Mortgage interest rates fell below 4 percent this week and marked the lowest levels so far this year, Freddie Mac reported today. A 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.95 percent while the 15-year, fixed-rate mortgage dropped to 3.19 percent. Read more … Continue reading →

Three more local ROTYs to recognize at June 6 ROTY banquet

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 2:17pm
Among the 24 local REALTORS® who’ll be honored at the 36th Annual REALTOR® of the Year Banquet will be Chris Wilbur, Patrick Dalessandro and Eve Bremen. The event will attract members from all over the state to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential … Continue reading →

VIDEO: April Housing Report

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 9:18am
Declining inventory continues to define the overall housing market in Illinois. REALTORS® downstate remain optimistic about the market as the calendar turns to summer. Watch the video, and visit http://www.illinoisrealtor.org/marketstats to learn more.

Illinois home prices increase in April; Sales lower amid tight inventory

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 8:44am
Homes sold faster and prices rose, but home sales slowed in April with seasonally low inventory levels, according to Illinois REALTORS®. Statewide home sales (including single-family homes and condominiums) in April 2017 totaled 13,958 homes sold, down 3.4 percent from … Continue reading →

Learn how to protect your business from cybercrime at IDFPR conference

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 7:01am
Worried about hackers, computer viruses and wire fraud? If you aren’t, you should be. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation has put together a presentation on cybersecurity for real estate practitioners that should help protect your business. The … Continue reading →

Co-living . . . new concept or simply a revival of an age-old way of life?

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 1:47pm
Depending on your generation, you may have a different idea of where the trend towards community style living concepts comes from. Many baby boomers remember growing up with Grandma in the upstairs apartment or multiple generations living and working the … Continue reading →

Look for Illinois REALTORS® April housing report Wednesday

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 10:39am
Wednesday morning, the Illinois REALTORS® will release its April 2017 housing report, with data breakdowns for the state of Illinois, city of Chicago and the nine-county Chicago Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area (PMSA). Also included will be a housing market forecast … Continue reading →

RPAC by the numbers

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 4:55pm
During “Invest” week of REALTOR® Advocacy Month, consider several important numbers supplied by REALTOR® Political Action Committee. For example, our REALTOR® PAC is recognized as one of the most bipartisan PACs in the country, supporting both Republican and Democratic candidates. … Continue reading →

Broker Post-License Webinar Offered June 1 & 2

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 10:12am
​The broker license renewal deadline will be here before you know it (April 30, 2018). Why wait to enroll in your post-license courses? Get a jump on license renewal by taking the Broker Post-License Applied Real Estate Practices webinar June … Continue reading →

Another trio celebrated at June 6 ROTY banquet

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 9:00am
Among the 24 local REALTORS® who’ll be honored at the 36th Annual REALTOR® of the Year Banquet will be Wayne Kurchina, Laura Boyer and Andrea Greenwalt. The event will attract members from all over the state to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential … Continue reading →

Dalessandro leads Region 7 Caucus meeting

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 8:51am
Former Illinois REALTORS® president and current Region 7 Vice President Pat Dalessandro led the Region 7 Caucus in Washington, D.C., on Friday. The regional caucus allows leaders of three Midwestern states to come together and discuss market conditions and other aspects … Continue reading →

State Capitol Report: Senate’s unanimous vote for PACE bond bill and more

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 4:56pm
In today’s State Capitol Report, Illinois REALTORS® notes that House Bill 2831 will be sent to Gov. Bruce Rauner for his consideration after the Senate unanimously approved it earlier this week. Members can log in to the May 19 edition … Continue reading →

Some corporations and LLCs still need to reinstate non-renewed real estate licenses

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 4:26pm
Almost four months after the Illinois REALTORS® and the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) reported 1,400 corporate real estate licenses hadn’t been renewed on time, the association continues to get queries about the subject. Managing brokers who … Continue reading →

ROTY Banquet tickets on sale until May 30

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 3:24pm
Order tickets now for the 36th Annual REALTOR® of the Year Banquet, scheduled for June 6 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield. The event will honor the accomplishments of 24 local association REALTORS® of the Year (ROTY) and the … Continue reading →

‘Experiential retail,’ 1031 exchanges, MIPIM among commercial issues discussed in DC

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 2:22pm
Illinois REALTORS® commercial members are busy in Washington, DC at the NAR Legislative Meetings and Trade Expo alongside their residential colleagues. Illinois REALTOR® Global Business Council Chair Alex Ruggieri, CCIM led the NAR Commercial Real Estate Forum where items such … Continue reading →

Catching up: REALTORS® provide updates at state caucus

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 2:14pm
At the tail end of a week of meetings in Washington, D.C, Illinois REALTORS® gathered to share updates from a myriad of committee meetings. Because NAR’s Midyear business meetings are so large, the state caucus provides a chance for brief … Continue reading →

20 for 20: Illinois REALTORS® hit every member of state’s congressional delegation

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 9:20am
  Every year, Illinois REALTORS® sets meetings with every single member of the state’s congressional delegation. It’s a massive effort that beings many of the association’s members to Capitol Hill and allows them to meet one-on-one with representatives and senators. … Continue reading →

Illinois senators meet with REALTOR® delegation on Capitol Hill

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 8:24am
Illinois REALTORS® met the state’s U.S. senators in meetings on Thursday, a capstone to three days of meetings with elected officials on Capitol Hill. The Illinois delegation met with U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, in a meeting held in the Hart … Continue reading →

Photos from the House visits in DC

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 12:46pm
On Wednesday, Illinois REALTORS® visited with their representatives in Washington, D.C. as part of the 2017 Midyear Legislative Meetings and Trade Expo. Local Government Affairs Directors and Federal Political Coordinators and REALTORS® from all around the state took part. Among … Continue reading →