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Morning Minute: Homeowner equity is heading higher, CoreLogic reports

Wed, 10/12/2016 - 10:03am
More U.S. homeowners are gaining equity in their homes, according to a recent report and video from CoreLogic. There are variations geographically, but U.S. homeowners on average gained about $11,000 in home equity in the last year, CoreLogic reports. In Illinois, … Continue reading →

Four weeks until general election day – Nov. 8, 2016

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 12:33pm
While today (Oct. 11) is the last day of regular registration for Illinois voters who want to participate in the Nov. 8 general election, Illinois election law does provide for “grace period registration” beyond today’s deadline. This grace period allows … Continue reading →

Be Better than Google

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 10:07am
Don’t miss Nobu Hata speaking live at GRI Grad, an event exclusively for graduates of the REALTOR® Institute being held at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria, Nov. 30 – Dec. 1, 2016. Presenting “Be Better than Google: Real Estate Tech the … Continue reading →

Opportunity Races: Vote for Rep. Kay and Rep. Bradley

Mon, 10/10/2016 - 2:00pm
The Illinois REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) Trustees want you to vote for State Rep. Dwight Kay for the 112th House District and State Rep. John Bradley for the 117th House District in the Nov. 8 general election. Kay and … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: The diversity of U.S. housing styles

Mon, 10/10/2016 - 10:03am
Where you live in the U.S. can shape the architectural style you choose for your home. Realtor.com takes a look at these geographical differences in the blog post, “A Nation United—and Divided—by Our Homes’ Architectural Styles.” As expected, Pueblo-style homes … Continue reading →

Get Out the REALTOR® Vote This November!

Sun, 10/09/2016 - 10:00am
We’re fresh from our Illinois REALTORS® 2017 Presidential Inauguration, and with Sunday night’s presidential debate coming up, elections are on our minds. Make sure your REALTOR® voice is heard in the November elections by registering to vote. Visit www.realtoractioncenter.com/vote to … Continue reading →

Opportunity Races: Vote for Sen. Forby and Schmipf

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 8:00am
The Illinois REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) Trustees want you to vote for state Sen. Gary Forby for the 59th Senate District and Paul Schmipf for the 58th Senate District in the Nov. 8 general election. Forby and Schimpf have … Continue reading →

Carpenter sworn-in as president of Illinois REALTORS®’ new leadership team

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 7:36am
The Illinois REALTORS® celebrated the installation of its new leadership team Thursday night as Doug Carpenter, ABR, AHWD, GRI, SFR, of Mokena was sworn-in as the 2017 President. The ceremonies were part of the association’s Inaugural Gala at the Chicago Marriott … Continue reading →

Wagner joins Illinois REALTORS® leadership team after board vote

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 8:37pm
Dan Wagner, who has served in numerous local, state and national REALTOR® capacities, was named to Illinois REALTORS® leadership team as treasurer on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. Wagner, senior vice president for government relations at the Oak Brook-based Inland Real Estate … Continue reading →

Five honored for service with Presidential Medallions at board meeting

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 5:52pm
Five Illinois REALTORS® were recognized for their work for the association and the industry on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. The presidential medallions were presented by 2016 Illinois REALTORS® President Mike Drews. It is customary for the outgoing association president to honor … Continue reading →

Public Policy and Governmental Affairs MIG shows work of many for REALTOR issues

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 3:46pm
Whether discussing legislation before the Illinois General Assembly and the U.S. Congress, Housing Policy or reports from all the local Governmental Affairs Directors, the Illinois REALTORS Public Policy and Governmental Affairs Major Investment Group meeting provided plenty of information for … Continue reading →

lllinois REALTORS Political Involvement Committee eyes November elections and beyond

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 12:46pm
Improving the number of members registered to vote, increasing the amount of members who respond to Calls for Action and enhancing the already efficient Broker Involvement Program were among the issues presented by the leaders of the Illinois REALTORS Political … Continue reading →

Leadership Development Program honors 2016 graduates

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 11:16am
Members of the Illinois REALTORS® 2016 class for the Leadership Development program were honored at the association’s business meetings in Naperville. The class members were given certificates at a meeting of the Professional Development Member Involvement Group, held Oct. 6, … Continue reading →

YPN Noncon Networking Reception Photo Gallery

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 10:20am
Following several hours of breakout discussions at the YPN Noncon ’16, Illinois REALTORS® got a chance to reconnect with friends at a reception in the Chicago Marriott Naperville.  

YPN Noncon ’16 features 12 discussions

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 10:00am
During the first day of October Business Meetings at the Chicago Marriott Naperville, Illinois REALTORS® joined Deena Zimmerman , Sam Powell, Carrie Bey-Little and several association staff members for wide open, freewheeling discussions at YPN Noncon ’16. Topics included: millennials, … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Mortgage rates remain steady and largely unchanged, Freddie Mac says

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 9:54am
Fixed mortgage rates were unchanged this week, with the 30-year, fixed-rate averaging 3.42 percent and a 15-year, fixed-rate mortgage averaging 2.72 percent, Freddie Mac reported this morning in a news release. “Over the past two weeks, mortgage rates have remained … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® past presidents welcome Drews as member

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 8:56am
2016 Illinois REALTORS® President Mike Drews was inducted into the ranks of the association’s past presidents on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016, at the Chicago Marriott Naperville. Drews, broker-associate with Charles B. Doss & Co. in Aurora, wraps up his year … Continue reading →

WCR installs state officers; Bey-Little becomes president

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 8:43am
The Women’s Council of Realtors Illinois held their annual installation banquet in Naperville on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. The event featured an auction of items ranging from electronic gadgetry to a signed hockey puck from one of the Chicago Blackhawks. The … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Buying a home? Don’t make these down payment mistakes

Wed, 10/05/2016 - 11:03am
If you are gearing up to buy a home, then you’ll want to read, “Stop! 5 Things You Should Never Do With Your Down Payment,” from realtor.com. Learn how to avoid mistakes such as making big deposits at the last … Continue reading →

Champaign County REALTORS® to join MRED’s MLS system in 2017

Wed, 10/05/2016 - 10:07am
The Champaign County Association of REALTORS® announced Tuesday that it was joining Midwest Real Estate Data’s multiple listing service. The Champaign County association has more than 400 members, and becomes the 13th REALTOR® association to join with MRED, according to … Continue reading →