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Morning Minute: Days on market historically low for today’s home listings

Fri, 09/09/2016 - 8:24am
The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) reports that days on market (or the length of time a home listing is on the market before it is sold) in 2014 and 2015 was down to a median time of four weeks, … Continue reading →

Bilingual skill helps Shang better serve clients, teach others

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 4:02pm
Many years before Michelle Shang became a REALTOR® in 1999, her parents laid the foundation for a valuable skill she uses today. She can communicate in English and Chinese. “I learned Mandarin from my parents as we always spoke Chinese … Continue reading →

Last chance to register for TRID discussion Friday morning in Springfield

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 8:43am
Illinois REALTORS® can learn about the latest developments with TRID by attending the free panel discussion scheduled for 9 a.m. tomorrow at the Capital City Training Center, 130 W. Mason St., in Springfield. REALTORS® who plan to attend can reserve … Continue reading →

Congratulations to chairs, vice chairs of Illinois REALTOR® committees

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 12:30pm
Each year Illinois REALTORS® selects chairs and vice chairs to head the committees that shape the association’s policies and make recommendations to the Board of Directors. This year’s roster is a who’s who of REALTORS® who have volunteered to make sure the association … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Don’t believe these home-buying myths

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 9:57am
If you are in the market to buy a home, don’t let misconceptions about the process impede your search. In the article, “9 Home-Buying Myths You Need to Stop Believing Immediately,” realtor.com sets the record straight on myths that you … Continue reading →

Last Chance to RVSP for CIPS Designation Course

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 8:51am
Less than two weeks remain before the first CIPS Designation Course for Commercial Brokers: September 19-23 at the Northern Illinois University Campus. Registration is $695. Learn more from Bill Caton, Chairman of the Commercial Global and Business Network and register here. Sponsored … Continue reading →

Act Now – Limited Seating for Inaugural October 6

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 8:35am
Seating at the 100th Annual Illinois REALTORS® Inaugural Gala is limited and is available by reservation only through September 28. The Gala honoring Incoming President, Doug Carpenter, ABR, AHWD, GRI, SFR,  is being held at the Chicago Marriott Naperville on … Continue reading →

Shaw-Peterman builds up business, relationships and community

Mon, 09/05/2016 - 7:00am
The last four years have been busy for REALTOR® Tracy Shaw-Peterman as she began a new career, became active with the Community Service Committee for the Capital Area REALTORS® and helped create the Sherman Area Chamber of Commerce from scratch. … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® office closed Monday for Labor Day holiday

Fri, 09/02/2016 - 1:49pm
The Illinois REALTORS® offices, the Illinois REALTORS® Legal Hotline and Illinois REALTORS® Transaction Helpline will be closed Monday, Sept. 5, in observance of Labor Day. All will reopen on Tuesday, Sept. 6. Have a safe and happy Labor Day holiday.

Morning Minute: Mortgage rates head slightly higher

Fri, 09/02/2016 - 9:52am
While still historically low, mortgage rates edged slightly higher this week with the 30-year fixed rate climbing to 3.46 percent compared to 3.43 percent a week ago, Freddie Mac reports. The 15-year, fixed rate rose to 2.77 percent compared to … Continue reading →

Are you taking these 10 steps to protect yourself on showings?

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 10:55am
An emphasis in September is REALTOR® Safety, and NAR has an article that can save your life. Called “Keeping You and Your Agents Safe, experts share 10 ways to make sure that next home showing doesn’t end tragically. Of course, … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: U.S. pending home sales pick up in July, NAR reports

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 7:00am
U.S. pending home sales picked up in July, led by strong gains in the West, the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) reported this week. NAR’s Pending Home Sales Index was 1.3 percent higher than last month and 1.4 percent higher … Continue reading →

REALTORS®’ Working Group, Board sanctions update to association’s Housing Policy

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 1:00pm
Members of the Illinois Housing Opportunity Working Group and the Illinois REALTORS® Board of Directors have approved updates to the association’s housing policy which better address senior and veteran housing issues and to eliminate out-of-date information. Sarah Ware, chair of the working … Continue reading →

Watch CAR tribute to real estate trailblazer, Marion Maner

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 12:25pm
The Chicago Association of REALTORS® has produced a video celebrating the life of one of the association’s trailblazing presidents. CAR dedicated a park bench Friday in the memory of Marion Maner, the association’s first African-American president. The memorial bench is … Continue reading →

President Mike Drews leads discussion with U.S. Rep. Hultgren

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 4:28pm
Our 2016 Illinois REALTOR® President Mike Drews wears another hat in his service to the industry.  As Federal Political Coordinator (FPC) for U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren, he conveys the REALTOR® position on our NAR priority issues. During the month of … Continue reading →

McComb helps Mahomet schools via elected office

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 1:00pm
In 2005, Max McComb volunteered for his first parent committee for Mahomet-Seymour Community Schools. Little did the Champaign-area REALTOR® know that 11 years later, he’d be the school board president with a long list of accomplishments and plans to run … Continue reading →

2016 RPAC Sterling Open draws more than 70 Major Investors to Springfield

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 3:20pm
The first round of the RPAC Sterling Open Golf Challenge got underway Monday afternoon with many Major Investors unleashing their skills on the Illini Country Club course in sunny Springfield. More than 70 Major Investors participated in the challenge, with … Continue reading →

Request your ‘Vote by Mail’ ballot now for Nov. 8 general election

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 1:00pm
Illinois voters living in the United States can apply for a Vote by Mail ballot for the Nov. 8 general election, according to the Illinois State Board of Elections (ISBE). Requests can be made in person at the office of … Continue reading →

Still time to register for Conservation Foundation’s Sept. 8 event at Inland

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 10:56am
Illinois REALTORS® with an interest in land conservation will have a chance to meet members of the Conservation Foundation at a free breakfast event hosted at The Inland Real Estate Group of Companies headquarters in Oak Brook. Join foundation trustee Dan … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® invited to free TRID panel discussion Sept. 9

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 10:50am
Mark your calendar for Friday, Sept. 9, as the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) hosts an informational panel discussion at the Capital City Training Center in Springfield involving the Illinois REALTORS® and numerous other trade associations. REALTORS® … Continue reading →