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Illinois REALTORS® inducts eight into its RPAC Hall of Fame; 7 others honored too

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 7:25pm
The Illinois REALTORS® inducted eight new members into its REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) Hall of Fame Monday and celebrated new milestone levels reached by seven previously inducted Hall of Fame members. The eight inductees are: Philip Chiles of Springfield … Continue reading →

REALTORS® should protect their businesses when signing copyright agreements

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 4:38pm
Take great care to review any agreements that you might be asked to sign when outsourcing services that assist you in your real estate brokerage business. It is especially important to be cautious when hiring someone else to provide work … Continue reading →

Scenes from today’s groundbreaking ceremony for the Illinois Governor’s Mansion Restoration Project

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 3:51pm
Illinois First Lady Diana Rauner is board chair of the Illinois Executive Mansion Association, a private charitable corporation created to preserve and restore the “People’s House.” The fully private fundraising campaign will cover the estimated $15 million project, which is … Continue reading →

How far can REALTORS® go with criminal background checks?

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 1:18pm
Tyler Craddock of the National Association of Residential Property Managers warned REALTOR® attendees at last week’s NAR Property Management Forum that if their leasing policies disallow tenants who have committed a felony, it could have a “disparate impact” on a … Continue reading →

KIFAR members share flood insurance concerns with U.S. Rep. Kinzinger in Watseka

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 10:30am
U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (16th Congressional District) provided updates on legislative issues like flood insurance, tax reform and housing and answered questions from 15 members of the Kankakee-Iroquois-Ford-Association of REALTORS® (KIFAR) Wednesday in Watseka. Federal Political Coordinator Ed Neaves led … Continue reading →

See you in Springfield at June Business Meetings

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 9:51am
Illinois REALTORS® headed for the June Business Meetings next week at the President Abraham Lincoln Springfield DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel can review the online schedule. Tuesday’s sessions include the: Board Leadership Forum, Commercial-Industrial-Investment Committee, Professional Standards Committee, Bicentennial Task Force, … Continue reading →

4 questions: REALTOR® Silvano to be sounding board for NAR global efforts

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 1:00pm
During the Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, D.C., REALTOR® Vicky Silvano was presented as the 2018 NAR Global Business Alliances Liaison. Silvano, a broker associate for Century 21 SGR in Chicago, is one of 16 NAR committee liaisons who … Continue reading →

On June 6, ROTYs from Peotone, Rockford and Oak Park areas will be recognized

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 8:30am
Among the 24 local REALTORS® who’ll be honored at the 36th Annual REALTOR® of the Year Banquet will be Jim Sim, Brad Shields and Alice McMahon. The event will attract members from all over the state to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum … Continue reading →

18 ways REALTORS® can deliver more effective, memorable messages

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 11:15am
Since audiences generally remember about 20 percent of a speaker’s message, Anthony Huey says it’s critical to hone your message through preparation. And with 50 percent of the audience distracted at any given point of a presentation, the way your … Continue reading →

ROTYs from St. Charles, Freeport and O’Fallon areas to be honored June 6

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 9:54am
Among the 24 local REALTORS® who’ll be honored at the 36th Annual REALTOR® of the Year Banquet will be Mark Coleman, Anne Sadler and Julie Heltne. The event will attract members from all over the state to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield … Continue reading →

Governmental Affairs team watching out for REALTORS® during holiday weekend

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 4:49pm
While REALTORS® try to squeeze in a picnic, a barbecue or a sporting event sometime during the Memorial Day weekend, the Illinois REALTORS® statehouse lobbyists are monitoring activity at the State Capitol. The General Assembly is scheduled to adjourn on … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® headquarters closed Monday for Memorial Day

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 4:44pm
On Monday, in observance of Memorial Day, the Illinois REALTORS® offices in Springfield will be closed. The offices will reopen with regular hours on Tuesday. History Did you know the seeds of this holiday were planted in 1868 with the … Continue reading →

Budget crisis, license law changes and more in today’s Illinois REALTORS® State Capitol Report

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 3:43pm
A bill (House Bill 3528) designed to make several changes to Illinois real estate license law, an initiative of Illinois REALTORS® and supported by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, will be considered by Gov. Bruce Rauner following unanimous … Continue reading →

Capital Area REALTORS® get third consecutive annual RPAC award

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 10:03am
On the strength of its participation rate and number of major investors, the Capital Area REALTORS® finished second in RPAC fundraising for medium-sized local associations during 2016, according to an announcement last week at the NAR RPAC Awards Ceremony in … Continue reading →

ROTYs from Skokie, Peoria and Quad City areas honored at June 6 banquet, too

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 7:00am
Among the 24 local REALTORS® who’ll be honored at the 36th Annual REALTOR® of the Year Banquet will be Rebekah Carlson, Michelle Largent and Regen Johnson. The event will attract members from all over the state to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential … Continue reading →

Mainstreet offers RPAC headshot incentive to REALTORS® in June

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 11:39am
It’s a recurring source of humor in real estate circles: the outdated headshot photo. At some point in your career you’ve done a double take when an agent hands you a business card with a headshot that is a decade … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Mortgage rates hit 2017 low, Freddie Mac reports

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 10:13am
Mortgage interest rates fell below 4 percent this week and marked the lowest levels so far this year, Freddie Mac reported today. A 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.95 percent while the 15-year, fixed-rate mortgage dropped to 3.19 percent. Read more … Continue reading →

Three more local ROTYs to recognize at June 6 ROTY banquet

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 2:17pm
Among the 24 local REALTORS® who’ll be honored at the 36th Annual REALTOR® of the Year Banquet will be Chris Wilbur, Patrick Dalessandro and Eve Bremen. The event will attract members from all over the state to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential … Continue reading →

VIDEO: April Housing Report

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 9:18am
Declining inventory continues to define the overall housing market in Illinois. REALTORS® downstate remain optimistic about the market as the calendar turns to summer. Watch the video, and visit http://www.illinoisrealtor.org/marketstats to learn more.

Illinois home prices increase in April; Sales lower amid tight inventory

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 8:44am
Homes sold faster and prices rose, but home sales slowed in April with seasonally low inventory levels, according to Illinois REALTORS®. Statewide home sales (including single-family homes and condominiums) in April 2017 totaled 13,958 homes sold, down 3.4 percent from … Continue reading →