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Thomson part of new quartet of board members

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 9:43am
Chicago Association of REALTORS® President-Elect Rebecca Thomson joined the Illinois REALTORS® Board of Directors in January. She is one of four new board members, including Nick Libert of Chicago, Wayne Paprocki of Northbrook and Debbie Prodehl of Homer Glen. A … Continue reading →

Today’s State Capitol Report identifies bills REALTORS® will watch closely

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 5:52pm
  Even after midday totals exceeded 5,500, members of the Illinois House and Senate continued to introduce bills for consideration by colleagues Friday — the deadline for submission. Meanwhile, members of the Illinois REALTORS® Governmental Affairs combed through the bills … Continue reading →

Robert E. “Bob” Cook dies; led Illinois REALTORS® for 28 years

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 2:38pm
Former Illinois REALTORS® Executive Vice President Robert E. “Bob” Cook, who ushered in an era of modernization and growth for the trade association during his 28-year tenure, died Wednesday in Colorado. A Celebration of Life will be 4:30 p.m. Saturday, … Continue reading →

Paprocki provides educational expertise to board

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 12:00pm
Just a few weeks into his first year on the Illinois REALTORS® Board of Directors, Wayne Paprocki of Realty Advisors North in Northbrook is enjoying his new role. Paprocki attended the first board of directors meeting of the year at … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Fourth quarter brings home price gains

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 12:14pm
Despite historically low housing inventory, buyer demand remained strong in the fourth quarter of 2016 and helped propel home prices higher in Illinois and in many U.S. metro areas. What’s ahead for early 2017? Expect home prices to experience continued … Continue reading →

Rent control bill introduced in Illinois House

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 8:41am
A Chicago lawmaker has introduced legislation to do away with state prohibitions on rent control. Rep. Will Guzzardi, D-Chicago, represents areas in and around Logan Square, where he says property values and rents are driving people out of the area. … Continue reading →

Time-lapse photography captures Springfield YWCA demolition

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 2:47pm
Anyone lucky enough to be in the third floor conference room at the Illinois REALTORS® building between Feb. 1 and 7 had a front-row seat for the demolition of the old YWCA building on the northwest corner of 5th and Jackson … Continue reading →

Video: REALTOR® tips for helping first-time home buyers in 2017

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 11:43am
Join Illinois REALTORS® President Doug Carpenter, President Elect Matt Difanis and Immediate Past President Mike Drews for advice about how members can best help first-time home buyers achieve the American Dream in 2017. Low inventories in most areas of the … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: REALTORS® optimistic about this year’s market

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 11:23am
Looking ahead to the next six months, U.S. REALTORS® say they are broadly optimistic about ongoing growth in the housing market, particularly among single-family properties, according to the latest REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey Report from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). … Continue reading →

Deadline today for primary election judges to notify employers

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 7:00am
Today is the last day employees can give employers written notice they will not work on Feb. 28 because they will be serving as election judges in the Illinois Consolidated Primary. This is according to the Illinois State Board of … Continue reading →

Libert one of latest additions to board of directors

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 2:00pm
The Illinois REALTORS® Board of Directors met for the first time in 2017 during the Public Policy Meetings in East Peoria last week and welcomed four new members, including REALTOR® Nick Libert, managing broker/owner of Exit Strategy Realty in Chicago. … Continue reading →

Champaign County REALTOR® recognized for his attitude, accomplishments in face of adversity

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 11:33am
REALTOR® Todd Salen, SRES, GRI, is featured in a Champaign News-Gazette story about his life since a diagnosis of stage 4 colorectal cancer more than a year ago. Read “Diagnosis or not, he’s living all out.” Salen joined Sperry Van … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Ruggieri named to real estate journal editorial board

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 10:21am
Illinois REALTOR® Alex Ruggieri, a partner with SVN-Ramshaw Real Estate of Champaign, has been named a member of the 2017 editorial board for Real Estate Issues, a journal produced by The Counselors of Real Estate. Members of the editorial board … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Friday is the most common day for home closings

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 10:14am
Did you know that more home closings occur on Friday than any other day of the week? Or that very few occur on weekends and federal holidays? Researchers with the National Association of REALTORS® analyzed 2016 home closing data and … Continue reading →

Prodehl brings experience to Illinois REALTORS® Board of Directors

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 9:15am
Deborah Prodehl kicked off her experience as a new member of the Illinois REALTORS® Board of Directors at the Public Policy Meetings in East Peoria. Prodehl is the managing broker for the Coldwell Banker Honig Bell Homer Glen office and … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Own a home? Don’t miss these deductions as you prepare to file your taxes

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 11:11am
Tax time is right around the corner. As a homeowner, there are a number of tax deductions and credits that you might qualify for that could mean a lower tax bill and more money in your pocket. Check out the … Continue reading →

Help guide clients to IHDA assistance with underwater mortgages

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 10:29am
Show your value to homeowners by sharing information about the Illinois Housing Development Authority’s I-Refi program. I-Refi is designed to help borrowers who’ve kept up with their mortgage payments for at least 12 months but owe more than their home … Continue reading →

CAR Leadership Academy tackles messaging, interviewing, social media

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 5:07pm
On Thursday, 17 members of the Capital Area REALTORS® (CAR) visited the Illinois REALTORS® building in Springfield for Leadership Academy training. The afternoon training session helped REALTORS® understand the power of branding and appropriate messaging through social media and mass … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Mortgage rates hold steady, Freddie Mac reports

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 9:44am
Freddie Mac reports today that the average 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage remained unchanged this week averaging 4.19 percent. The 15-year rate rose slightly from 3.40 percent last week to 3.41 percent this week. Read more from Freddie Mac. In other headlines: … Continue reading →

What REALTORS® need to know about homes with well water

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 9:15am
Do you sell rural properties? Get the facts about well water from The Private Well Class.  It is a FREE webinar for REALTORS® and real estate agents. What REALTORS® Need to Know about Homes with Well Water FREE webinar Monday, … Continue reading →