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RPAC message key in Collinsville, too

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 4:59pm
Not only is May an important month for Illinois REALTORS® attending the Conference & Expo, it’s REALTOR Advocacy Month. REALTORS® at the Conference & Expo in Collinsville will have an opportunity to network with each other, and learn more about … Continue reading →

Challenge of Chicago’s Shared Housing Ordinance one of 5 legal case studies

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 3:14pm
Illinois REALTORS® can learn from the analysis of five legal case studies, including a failed challenge to Chicago’s Shared Housing Ordinance. Lisa Harms Hartzler, Sorling Northrup Attorneys, provides the analysis of all five cases in the May issue of Designated … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: More U.S. homeowners are gaining equity in their homes

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 11:19am
The home equity picture is improving for more homeowners as the number of seriously underwater properties fell 1.2 million in the first quarter of this year compared to a year ago, according to the Q1 2017 U.S. Home Equity & … Continue reading →

How to print your real estate license renewal

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 10:38am
REALTORS® may access a digital, printable copy of their license online on the IDFPR website. In order to access your license renewal form and print your license, go to this webpage and enter your license number and either your pin number … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Home improvement projects that will boost your home’s value

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 10:15am
Make the most of your remodeling efforts by focusing on the improvement projects that will bring you the best return on your investment. The HouseLogic article, “Home Remodeling: 6 Improvements to Increase Home Value,” outlines six projects that can make … Continue reading →

BGA names award after REALTOR® Goodwin

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 10:08am
The Better Government Association (BGA) announced that its annual Watchdog Award will be named after its 2016 recipient, REALTOR® Daniel L. Goodwin, chairman and chief executive officer of the Inland Real Estate Group of Companies, Inc., of Oak Brook. BGA … Continue reading →

Save $10 on Conference & Expo walk-in rate with this coupon

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 9:36am
Are you interested in attending Illinois REALTORS® Conference & Expo this Wednesday and Thursday, May 10-11? Attendees may save $10 off the walk-in rate by bringing this coupon to the Collinsville Gateway Center! Click here to print coupon: Visit the … Continue reading →

Ruggieri uses economic symposium to bring people together

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 3:42pm
REALTOR® Alex Ruggieri of Ramshaw Real Estate in Champaign helped organize and facilitate a panel discussion during an economic development symposium Thursday at the University of Illinois – iHotel Conference Center in Champaign. The sixth annual event is designed to … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: NAR’s Lawrence Yun weighs in on strong jobs report

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 11:29am
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics announced today that the nation’s employers added 211,000 new jobs in April and unemployment fell to 4.4 percent, the lowest levels in nearly a decade, ABC News reports. In a statement, National Association of … Continue reading →

Scholarship fund set up to honor Mainstreet’s Shinners

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 4:22pm
Donations are being accepted through the Illinois Real Estate Educational Foundation in the memory of former Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS® CEO Margery Shinners to fund scholarships for association executives. Shinners, who died last month, was a longtime member of Mainstreet’s … Continue reading →

Carpenter speaks of shared mission to NAHREP group

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 2:25pm
Illinois REALTORS® President Doug Carpenter told members of the Chicago Chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals that both organizations share a desire to make sure housing is accessible for all. Carpenter, speaking at NAHREP’s sixth annual Success in … Continue reading →

SCR offers REALTORS® halftime updates on key proposed legislation

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 11:41am
In yesterday’s edition of the State Capitol Report, Illinois REALTORS® explains changes to proposed amendments to the Real Estate License Act that will now will be considered by the Senate. The Spring Session reached its halfway point on April 28 and … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Mortgage rates remain steady this week, says Freddie Mac

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 10:17am
Mortgage rates held steady this week with the 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage averaging 4.02 percent, down slightly from 4.03 percent last week. The 15-year, fixed-rate mortgage remained the same at 3.27 percent, according to Freddie Mac. Sean Becketti, chief economist for … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: NAR cautions that tax reform plan could hurt homeowners

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 10:40am
In an article and video, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) outlines some of its concerns with the Trump Administration’s tax plan proposal that would call for “reducing the number of tax brackets for individuals, lowering the rates on the … Continue reading →

Type and frequency of non-real estate business sales could require more of REALTORS®

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 10:00am
If REALTORS® assist with the sale of businesses that fit the parameters of the Illinois Business Brokers Act of 1995 (IBBA), they may need to register with the Illinois Secretary of State’s office to ensure compliance, says Christine Self, Sorling … Continue reading →

Check out the 2017 Capitol Conference ‘Best of the Best’ photos

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 3:29pm
Out of hundreds of photos taken during the Illinois REALTORS® Capitol Conference and REALTOR® Lobby Day, these have been chosen as the “Best of the Best.” Take a look and see if you agree. Photos were taken at the YPN-WCR … Continue reading →

REALTOR® sworn in as Lincoln mayor Monday

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 1:33pm
REALTOR® Seth Goodman, broker-owner of ME Realty, was sworn in as Lincoln mayor Monday night during the first city council meeting of the new fiscal year. Goodman won the Republican primary in March and was unopposed in April. Goodman has … Continue reading →

Registration ends May 3 for Illinois REALTORS® Conference & Expo

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 10:37am
Registration for next week’s Illinois REALTORS® Conference & Expo ends tomorrow! Get registered today! Don’t miss the prize giveaways, complimentary lunches & receptions, dynamic speakers, professional tools & tips, vendor visits, CE, networking, and optional Legal Issues Breakfast! Learn more…