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Illinois REALTORS® continue to set record with responses to tax reform Call for Action

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 10:33am
As REALTORS® continue to fight for the rights of homeowners, every Illinois REALTORS® member who responds to the National Association of REALTORS®’ tax reform Call for Action (CFA) helps the effort. Respond to Call for Action. On Tuesday morning, 32.86 … Continue reading →

Illinois home sales inched slightly higher in October

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 8:33am
Statewide home sales shifted back into positive territory in October following several months of declines and median prices continued to make year-over-year gains, according to Illinois REALTORS®. Statewide home sales (including single-family homes and condominiums) in October 2017 totaled 12,796 … Continue reading →

‘REALTORS give back’ focuses on local associations’ holiday charity stories

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 4:50pm
Illinois REALTORS® is looking for stories about how your organization is making the holiday season brighter for others. As we do each year, we need your stories about food drives or other holiday outreach efforts. Help us show how REALTORS® … Continue reading →

Read more about how tax proposals could hurt your real estate clients

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 4:13pm
Before you turn off your computer and head home this week with visions of turkey and sweet potatoes, make sure you keep up the battle to urge Congress to do no harm to the real estate industry and millions of … Continue reading →

Watch for Illinois REALTORS® October housing report tomorrow

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 2:13pm
Illinois REALTORS® will release its October 2017 housing report Tuesday morning, 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 by … Continue reading →

Silver says Leadership Development ‘invaluable.’ Apply by Nov. 30

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 10:39am
Matt Silver, Partner and Senior Broker at Urban Real Estate in Chicago, credits the Illinois REALTORS® Leadership Development Program for his rise up the ranks of association leadership. Silver is immediate past president of Chicago Association of REALTORS® and serves … Continue reading →

Don’t miss out on the Leadership Development Program in 2018; apply by Nov. 30

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 9:01am
Whether you have the ambition to assume a leadership role in a local, state or the National Association of REALTORS®, make sure you apply by Nov. 30 to be a part of the Illinois REALTORS® Leadership Development Program for 2018. … Continue reading →

What does Cordray’s departure mean for CFPB and real estate industry?

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 4:33pm
Wednesday Richard Cordray announced he will resign at the end of the month as the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), causing speculation about the future of the bureau, according to Inman Select. President Trump has not announced … Continue reading →

NAR reacts to House passing its tax reform bill

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 3:29pm
The National Association of REALTORS® President Elizabeth Mendenhall pledged to work with members of the U.S. Senate on more equitable tax reform for middle class Americans after the U.S. House of Representatives voted 227-205 Thursday to pass H.R. 1, also … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® Bicentennial Task Force Launches “Home is Where the Heart Is” Essay Contest

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 2:05pm
Illinois REALTORS® Bicentennial Task Force is excited to launch their “Home Is Where the Heart Is” Essay Contest as part of Illinois bicentennial celebrations! The essay contest, which began Nov. 15, is open to Illinois high school students in grades … Continue reading →

Two ways for REALTORS® to save on MIPIM 2018

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 8:00am
Illinois REALTORS® interested in attending MIPIM 2018 in Cannes, France next March have two opportunities to save money on the trip: getting a $389 discounted registration through the National Association of REALTORS® and winning a $1,500 MIPIM stipend from the … Continue reading →

Radio appearance allows Plainfield-area REALTOR® to warn consumers about tax reform concerns

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 9:57am
REALTOR® Eddie Ruettiger believes his radio interview last week may have helped change the perspectives of a radio host, a local news reporter and some consumers. Ruettiger, a broker for Baird & Warner Plainfield, provided his analysis of the Republican … Continue reading →

Association plans $10,000 donation to assist with recovery in Virgin Islands

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 9:48am
Illinois REALTORS® leadership has approved a $10,000 donation to help those affected by hurricanes which ravaged the U.S. Virgin Islands in September. In all, Illinois REALTORS® has donated $135,000 this year to assist with recovery from hurricanes Irma, Maria and … Continue reading →

Updated: Illinois REALTOR® takes fight over tax reform to Capitol Hill today

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 8:44am
  Illinois REALTORS® past president Mike Drews is in Washington, D.C., today to press the case for responsible tax reform. Drews is visiting the Hill as part of an effort to make sure Illinois lawmakers know that the current House … Continue reading →

Online CE courses now available for broker renewal

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 10:32am
Do you need continuing education courses for broker license renewal? The Illinois REALTORS® Licensing & Training Center now offers new online CE courses that you can complete from the comfort of your home or office. Brokers who were first licensed before February 1, … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: REALTOR® president speaks in defense of homeowners

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 10:18am
Shortly after the U.S. Senate Republicans released their plan for tax reform, National Association of REALTORS® President Elizabeth Mendenhall spoke out late last week,  urging that homeowners be protected. “While we are still reviewing the outlines of this proposal, we … Continue reading →

Office closed Friday in observance of Veterans Day

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 6:00pm
The Illinois REALTORS® offices will be closed Friday, Nov. 10, in observance of Veterans Day. The Illinois REALTORS® Legal Hotline will also be closed. Both will reopen on Monday, Nov. 13. If you know a veteran who would like to … Continue reading →

Progress continues on Springfield Bicentennial Plaza

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 5:10pm
Construction crews continue to make significant progress as they used heavy equipment to drill footings for towers at the site of Bicentennial Plaza – A REALTOR® Community Partnership in downtown Springfield Just north of the Illinois REALTORS® offices, the towers … Continue reading →

State to hold free real estate cyber security conference Nov. 14 in Springfield

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 5:04pm
Illinois REALTORS® are invited to “Cyber Security Issues Related to the Real Estate Closing Process,” from 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Nov. 14 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. MCLE credit will be awarded to … Continue reading →

Global Business Council sets up meeting on land titles with Serbian delegation

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 3:21pm
A delegation of Serbian real estate practitioners got a chance to learn about best practices in the title industry this week.   The meeting was facilitated by the Illinois REALTORS®’ Global Business Council, and was held at the association’s offices at … Continue reading →