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Special Hours for Licensing & Training Center

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 2:51pm
The Illinois REALTORS® Licensing & Training Center will operate special hours this weekend to assist callers with last-minute questions about broker renewal. Education Specialists will be available to answer your questions on Saturday, April 30 from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Call … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: What role does seasonality play in the housing market?

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 10:04am
Understanding the seasonal trends of the housing market can be important for both potential home buyers and sellers alike. In a column for HousingWire, Tian Liu, chief economist at Genworth Mortgage Insurance, writes that understanding and comparing the traditional seasonal … Continue reading →

Video: Happy 100th Birthday Illinois REALTORS®!

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 4:58pm
On April 25, 1916, Illinois REALTORS® was founded to promote advocacy, ethics and education for its members. Since then, the association is engaged in all aspects of the real estate business and has grown to 44,000 members. This video explains … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Real estate a top investment choice for many Americans

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 9:39am
Real estate continues to be a top choice when it comes to long-term investment options for many Americans, a recent Gallup poll found, according to NAR’s Daily Real Estate News roundup. Improving home prices have strengthened the appeal of real … Continue reading →

Aftermath of ‘aha’ moment benefits McHenry schools and businesses

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 8:05am
REALTOR® Sue Miller loves her career and her community and she’s found satisfying and effective ways to help others. The successful managing broker (Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell) has been a passionate volunteer for the McHenry Elementary Education Foundation and the McHenry … Continue reading →

Celebrate our anniversary and Illinois REALTOR® Day today

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 12:15am
Today is Illinois REALTORS® Day thanks to a proclamation signed by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. The proclamation was presented by Rauner to leaders of Illinois REALTORS® on April 6 to commemorate the association’s 100th anniversary during a meeting in his … Continue reading →

Illinois Senate approves April 25 as Illinois REALTOR® Day

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 12:27pm
Friday the Illinois Senate unanimously passed a resolution proclaiming April 25 as Illinois REALTOR® Day across the state. The resolution was sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno. Read the text of the Senate resolution. On April 25, 1916, the association … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Illinois REALTORS® offer local perspectives on housing market

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 10:22am
Illinois REALTORS® were interviewed by a variety of media outlets this week to talk about the release of the March housing data and offer their perspectives on what is happening in their local markets. Charay Brewer, association executive for the … Continue reading →

Mediator Training April 26 and 28

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 2:39pm
Mediation is the preferred method of dispute resolution when a request for arbitration is filed. As a benefit of membership, and to provide qualified mediators to local associations, Illinois REALTORS® offers Mediator Training courses. If you are interested in serving … Continue reading →

Do not wait until April 30 to renew!

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 2:39pm
If you have already renewed, please do NOT wait until April 30 to renew your broker license! You do not want to be delayed by any technical issues that might arise. All renewals must be complete at 11:59 on April … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Taking a closer look at March home sales

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 9:47am
March Illinois home sales rose 1.9 percent annually and existing-home sales rose nationally for the month as well. Strong gains in the Midwest and Northeast regions of the country helped drive overall home sales up 5.1 percent compared to February … Continue reading →

IHDA offers REALTORS® valuable resources for clients

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 11:58am
The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) offers a list of “top performing” lenders in Illinois as well as single-family mortgage programs that can help homebuyers with good credit but without the means for down payments. To get the details about … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Wagner moderates Washington, D.C. panel discussion

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 10:24am
REALTOR® Dan Wagner, treasurer-nominee for the Illinois REALTORS®, moderated a panel discussion at the Investment Program Association’s Executive Leadership Summit and Fly-in earlier this week in Washington, D.C. The panel addressed the idea of tax reform and how to protect … Continue reading →

Illinois home prices climb 4.3 percent in March; sales increase 1.9 percent

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 8:00am
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The spring market is in swing with steady gains in March median prices and modest growth in statewide home sales even as the housing supply is low for the season, according to the Illinois REALTORS®. Statewide home … Continue reading →

Illinois House committee recognizes 100th anniversary of Illinois REALTORS®

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 4:24pm
Tuesday the Illinois House House Business and Occupational License Committee unanimously passed a resolution proclaiming April 25 as Illinois REALTOR® Day across the state. You can read the text of the House resolution. On April 25, 1916, the association was … Continue reading →

Call for Action: Tenant radon disclosure bill an overreach

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 11:52am
Illinois REALTORS® is issuing its first Call for Action of the 2016 legislative session today in response to a bill which would dramatically alter rules for property owners who deal with rentals. Take part now in telling your lawmaker this legislation needs … Continue reading →

REALTOR® Villegas adapts to community’s changing needs

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 7:40am
Illinois REALTOR® Erika Villegas has developed her own style when it comes to charitable giving, and as a result, she’s been able to help less fortunate families as close as Chicago and as far away as Central America. Villegas is … Continue reading →

One page for all Illinois REALTORS®’ 2016 community leader stories

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 2:00pm
Get the names, photos and stories that have been written this year about Illinois REALTORS® who demonstrate their love for their communities by donating time and resources to local charities and non-profit causes. Visit the 100th anniversary community leader page. … Continue reading →

Last-minute tax filer? You have a lot of company

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 12:23pm
Yes, you do have a few extra days to get your taxes for 2015 ready due to Emancipation Day in Washington, D.C. But as you get ready to file, take solace in the fact that more than 20 million people join … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® gets mention from NAR for advocacy work

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 4:42pm
The National Association of REALTORS® has published an article on the the REALTOR® Action Center website which outlines work Illinois REALTORS® are doing to educate policymakers at the local, state and federal levels. The article notes each of the state’s 18 U.S. representatives and two U.S. … Continue reading →