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Learn about new IHDA refinance program for underwater mortgage assistance

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 11:41am
Illinois REALTORS® who want to help “underwater” borrowers can share information about the Illinois Housing Development Authority’s (IHDA) new I-Refi program that starts Aug. 1. The program aims to help borrowers current on their mortgage payments for at least 12 … Continue reading →

Important dates for Illinois REALTORS® as November elections approach

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 10:56am
From now through mid-November, Illinois REALTORS® need to remember these dates so they can fully participate in local, state and federal elections. July 18-21 – Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. July 25-28 – Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pa. … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: What today’s low mortgage rates mean for homebuyers

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 9:24am
Wondering how global events are impacting mortgage rates and, in turn, the housing market? In a recent blog post, National Association of REALTORS® Director of Housing Statistics Danielle Hale lays out the pros and cons of mortgage interest rates that … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Global turbulence driving down U.S. mortgage rates, Freddie Mac says

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 9:20am
Turmoil in some international markets is keeping mortgage rates near historic lows here in in the U.S., according to Freddie Mac’s outlook for July. Global developments in China and the United Kingdom have prompted Freddie Mac to revise its mortgage … Continue reading →

Signing up for REALTOR® Party text alerts has never been easier

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 2:46pm
Illinois REALTORS® and the National Association of REALTORS® encourage you to sign up for text alerts on your mobile device. It’s easy to sign up and once you’re enrolled, the text messages quickly let you know when you need to … Continue reading →

New GRI courses launch Aug. 1, 2016

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 1:13pm
On August 1, 2016. new online Graduate, REALTOR® Institute designation courses will be available for enrollment!  GRI is well known for taking careers to the next level. GRI advanced-level courses prepare REALTORS® for the challenges of the real estate industry today and … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® blow through Call for Action goal

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 10:36am
Illinois REALTORS® reached a key benchmark this weekend in responding to the National Association of REALTORS® Call for Action on the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act. More than 20 percent if the association’s members took part in the Call for Action … Continue reading →

Four things REALTORS® should know before they unbox that new drone

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 10:16am
  So, you’ve bought a drone and are ready to wow clients with your marketing expertise. But do you know the Federal Aviation Administration’s new rules? Before you start revving the rotors, make sure you are aware of these important … Continue reading →

Salisbury finds volunteer niche in local museum

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 7:00am
About 15 years ago, Evanston REALTOR® Susan Salisbury took a leap of faith that brought her great satisfaction and helped others, too. She began volunteering at the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian. A friend, Reed Hagee, who was also … Continue reading →

Global-minded REALTORS® wanted for CGLP

Sat, 07/09/2016 - 10:04am
REALTORS® who have an interest in building programming, trade missions and outreach with Consulates General can contact Sharon Gorrell, Global staff liaison, about participating in the Illinois REALTORS® Consulate General Liaison Program. Gorrell and Consulate General Liaison to Poland Don … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® Legal Services releases drone guide to members

Fri, 07/08/2016 - 5:32pm
Get the latest information about commercial drone use from the Illinois REALTORS® Legal Services Team. Read a special report by Jeffrey T. Baker, Illinois REALTORS® Transaction Helpline Attorney. Baker’s three-page report is based on the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) 624-page … Continue reading →

NAR wants to hear how you help your community – by July 15

Fri, 07/08/2016 - 2:16pm
The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) is offering a prize to the first 500 members who share their stories of community involvement through the “Celebrate 100 years of the REALTOR® brand” promotion and the Member Value Plus (MVP) program. Go … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Illinois REALTOR® to appear on HGTV show

Fri, 07/08/2016 - 9:37am
REALTOR® David Shallow of RE/MAX Professionals Select in Naperville is scheduled to appear Saturday and Sunday on the HGTV show “House Hunters Renovation,” according to the Chicago Tribune. The episode, titled “Reno From Floor to Ceiling,” follows a couple moving … Continue reading →

Greater Gateway uses grant to help Collinsville housing project

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 1:33pm
The Greater Gateway Association of REALTORS® (GGAR) presented a $1,500 check to the Collinsville Community Collaboration June 29 to help host their first Housing Opportunity and Community Spotlight Seminar. GGAR Chief Executive Officer Rob Wigton, GGAR President and RE/MAX Alliance … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: NAR report shows more residential properties sold to international buyers

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 11:20am
Foreign buyers purchased 3 percent more residential properties from April 2015 to March 2016 than they did during the previous 12 months, according to a report released yesterday by the National Association of REALTORS® Research Department. During that 12-month period, … Continue reading →

July cover story reflects history of Illinois REALTORS®’ professional development

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 8:00am
Did you realize the Illinois REALTORS® have a long history of advocating for real estate professionalism? Learn more in the cover story of the July issue of Illinois REALTOR®. “Advances in professional development” recounts the history of the Licensing and Training … Continue reading →

DR Legal News: HUD criminal background checks and legal case studies

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 5:03pm
The July edition of DR Legal News is out, and this edition has a legal review of HUD guidelines for using criminal background checks for tenants; five legal case studies; and successes by the local GAD team in fighting proposed … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® bring discussion to Polish representative

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 2:32pm
The Illinois REALTOR® Consulate General Liaison to Poland, Don Pasek, and Global staff liaison Sharon Gorrell met with Robert Rusiecki, Consul to the Republic of Poland last week to discuss the new Consulate General Liaison Program (CGLP). The CGLP was introduced … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Twitter and arbitration affect REALTOR® Code of Ethics

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 12:38pm
Illinois REALTORS® should be aware of the way arbitration and social media have influenced changes in the REALTORS® Code of Ethics. The article “Three ethics changes you need to know about,” Realtor.com (via REALTOR® Magazine’s Daily Real Estate News) explains … Continue reading →

Boy Scout volunteer one of many important roles for Krettler

Mon, 07/04/2016 - 7:30am
As a successful Illinois REALTOR®, a longtime Boy Scout volunteer, part-time television actor, former Barrington school board member and member of the Hoffman Estates Planning and Zoning Commission, Tom Krettler could be considered a modern-day Renaissance man. Add in the … Continue reading →