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REALTORS® can help fight hunger in their communities

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 10:43am
REALTORS® can play an important role in fighting hunger in their communities by informing sellers about Move for Hunger. Move for Hunger is a nationwide non-profit organization that provides local food pantries with unopened, non-perishable food through cooperation of local real estate … Continue reading →

JCHS projects 4 challenges facing seniors in 20 years

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 12:41pm
Preparations made during the next 20 years could be critical to the ability of older Americans to live independently in the year 2035 and beyond, when a fifth of the American population will be age 65 or older, says Jennifer … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTOR® board meets for first meeting of 2017

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 12:16pm
Members of the 2017 Illinois REALTORS® Board of Directors met for the first meeting of the year in East Peoria on Monday. The 28-member board directs the 44,000-plus member organizations efforts, and meets several times a year. Members of the … Continue reading →

REEF holds fundraiser to benefit scholarship efforts

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 12:03pm
The Illinois Real Estate Educational Foundation held a fundraiser Wednesday night in East Peoria to benefit the organization’s scholarship programs. The event raised nearly $11,000. For the last several years, REEF has held a “Fun-raiser” which lets Illinois REALTORS® try their … Continue reading →

More photos from Public Policy Meetings

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 12:02pm
The first few days of the Illinois REALTORS® Public Policy Meetings included more than 10 sessions, and two fundraising events. Action will conclude today in the early afternoon with the Board of Directors meeting. Please check the gallery below for … Continue reading →

Get information about 2017 elections through ISBE

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 10:00am
In Illinois, consolidated primary elections will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 28, and they will be followed by consolidated elections on Tuesday, April 4, according to the Illinois State Board of Elections (ISBE). For more information about elections where you … Continue reading →

Register by midnight January 30 for Managing Broker Pre-License webinar

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 9:58am
Interested in becoming a managing broker? Don’t miss the opportunity to register for the Managing Broker Pre-License Applied Management & Supervision webinar on January 31 & February 1. Registration closes at midnight on Monday, January 30.  This 15-hour course is a required … Continue reading →

Inventory, the economy and other issues facing the housing market

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 5:15pm
Illinois is a state of strong home ownership, but Springfield’s ongoing political issues are impacting job growth and that has a ripple effect on the state’s overall economy and ultimately the housing market, economist Geoffrey J.D. Hewings told Illinois REALTORS® … Continue reading →

One survey question can tell you a lot about American politics

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 3:26pm
Want to know how the political winds are blowing? Ask one simple question: ​Is the country going in the right direction? “This shapes the architecture of the electorate,” said Gene Ulm a political strategist and pollster with more than 25 years … Continue reading →

Sonia Anaya honored with REALTOR® Political Involvement Award

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 12:05pm
Congratulations to Sonia Anaya, broker-owner of America Real Estate in Chicago, who was named the recipient of the 2016 Political Involvement Award today during the Illinois REALTORS® Public Policy Meetings in East Peoria. The award honors Illinois REALTORS® for achievements … Continue reading →

Sue Miller named 2017 Illinois REALTOR® of the Year

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 9:26am
Sue Miller, managing broker of Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell in McHenry, was named 2017 Illinois REALTOR® of the Year at the state association’s Public Policy Meetings in East Peoria today. The award honors individuals whose dedication to excellence has profoundly enhanced … Continue reading →

Facemire offers unique fundraising approaches during RPAC Strategic Planning session

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 4:14pm
Finding successful, unique ideas for fundraising — like a men’s cake decorating contest — to combine with traditional ideas like golf outings can help associations raise money for RPAC said Lauren Facemire, Managing Director, RPAC and Political Fundraising for the … Continue reading →

Housing a key to healthy, sustainable cities, coalition leader says

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 3:08pm
Housing plays a critical role in the overall well-being of communities worldwide, the leader of an organization devoted to creating sustainable and inclusive cities told members of Illinois REALTORS® Housing Opportunity Working Group on Tuesday. Judith Hermanson, president and CEO of … Continue reading →

Frustrated by ‘toxic’ environment in Springfield, Unes proud to work with REALTORS®

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 1:04pm
While State Rep. Mike Unes said he was encouraged that legislative leaders are speaking to each other, he offered no predictions about when the state will have a budget because elected state officials don’t trust each other. Unes made his … Continue reading →

Video: State of Illinois Housing Market Outlook 2016-17

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 11:30am
In 2016, yearly home sales tracked higher and median prices remained robust throughout the state even as low inventory, fluctuating mortgage rates and a contentious election season affected the market and overall economy. Watch a new video that highlights the state of … Continue reading →

Illinois home sales dip in December, but 2016 housing market ends on a high note

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 8:48am
Despite a dip in home sales in December, both sales and median prices finished in positive territory in 2016, closing out a year marked by tight housing inventories and continued strong consumer demand, according to the latest report from Illinois … Continue reading →

Task force maps REALTOR® participation in state’s 200th birthday

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 7:28am
Members of the Illinois REALTORS® Bicentennial Task Force met Monday in East Peoria to discuss the association’s plans to honor the state’s 200th anniversary. The association began planning last year to commemorate the state’s milestone birthday in 2018, and heard … Continue reading →

Remembering and honoring late veterans among TRAR community projects

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 11:27am
On Dec. 17, 2016, members of Three Rivers Association of REALTORS® (TRAR) participated in National Wreaths Across America Day at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Ill. As volunteers placed Remembrance Wreaths on veterans’ graves, they were encouraged to say … Continue reading →

Trump administration’s suspension of FHA insurance rate cut explained

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 11:01am
One of President Trump’s first acts of office was to roll back a planned rate cut for FHA insurance premiums. The original policy, promoted by the Obama administration, could have saved homeowners getting homes with financing backed by the government hundreds … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: What HUD’s suspension of FHA premium reduction could mean to homebuyers

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 10:26am
A reduction in Federal Housing Administration (FHA) mortgage insurance premium that had been scheduled to go into effect on Jan. 27 has been suspended by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. In a statement, National Association of REALTORS® … Continue reading →