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Opportunity Races: Elect Reick and reelect Rep. Welter

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 12:03pm
The Illinois REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) Trustees want you to vote for incumbent Rep. David Welter for the 75th Senate District and challenger Steve Reick for the 63rd House District in the Nov. 8 general election. Welter and Reick … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Fixed mortgage rates hit 10-week low, Freddie Mac reports

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 11:10am
The 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.42 percent this week, a decline from last week and the lowest it has been in 10 weeks, Freddie Mac reports. The 15-year, fixed rate averaged 2.72 percent, also a decline from the week before. … Continue reading →

Real Property Alliance helps consumers, REALTORS® better understand property tax system

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 10:54pm
Real Property Alliance and the Chicago Association of REALTORS® held the second of two pilot sessions to educate members and the public about how to file property tax appeals Thursday. The organizations joined forces in the wake of a big property … Continue reading →

Carter urges Egyptian REALTORS® to take safety precautions to heart

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 10:18pm
Before guest speaker Carl Carter, Jr., even stepped in front of his audience at the Egyptian Board of REALTORS® general membership meeting Thursday at the Kokopelli Golf Club in Marion, emotions were high. Egyptian Account Executive Charay Palmer found it … Continue reading →

October deadline looms for ombudsman applications

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 2:00pm
If you’re undecided about joining the Illinois REALTORS® Ombudsman Program, perhaps some of the numbers in adjacent infographic will convince you to be a part of this growing and effective program. Did you know 70 percent of complaints handled by … Continue reading →

Today first day for Early Voting in Illinois

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 10:00am
Illinois REALTORS® can cast Early Voting ballots for the Nov. 8 general election as early as today, depending on the schedules set up by their local election authorities. The Illinois State Board of Elections provides an online tool voters can use to … Continue reading →

REALTORS®, find safety tips and tools from NAR

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 3:59pm
September is REALTOR® Safety Month and the National Association of REALTORS® offers a variety of resources, tools and safety protocols that can be a benefit to you and your clients. Click here to learn more.

NSBAR welcomes new board and celebrates award winners

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 11:02am
The North Shore-Barrington Association of REALTORS® (NSBAR) installed its new officers and members of its board of directors during its Awards & Installation Luncheon. NSBAR Chief Executive Officer Steve Volkadav welcomed officers: President Carrie Healy, President-Elect Ian Robinson, Secretary-Treasurer Joel … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Consumer confidence climbs higher in September

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 10:34am
Consumers are feeling more confident in the U.S. economy. In September, the Consumer Confidence Index climbed to its highest level since August 2007, USA Today reports. Read more. In other headlines: Appraiser Shortage Sparks Sales Delays – CNBC (via REALTOR® … Continue reading →

Last chance to sign up for next week’s global commercial bootcamp

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 10:20am
Illinois REALTORS® who want to help inbound commercial real estate investors should sign up today for the CCIM Institute’s Global Commercial Real Estate Bootcamp next Thursday (Oct. 6) and Friday (Oct. 7) in Chicago. The program will be held at … Continue reading →

Opportunity Races: Reelect Sen. Tom Cullerton and Sen. Bush

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 9:28am
If you live in the 23rd or 31st Senate District, the Illinois REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) Trustees recommend you vote for state Sen. Tom Cullerton or Sen. Melinda Bush in the Nov. 8 general election. Cullerton (23rd District) and Bush … Continue reading →

Real Property Alliance offers training on Chicago’s property tax system

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 10:51pm
Two private property rights organizations held training on Chicago’s property tax appeal process for brokers on Tuesday, beginning a program to bring private property rights education to practitioners and consumers alike. The Chicago Association of REALTORS® has partnered with Real … Continue reading →

Special ‘thank you’ to these four board members

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 3:53pm
The October Business Meetings will mark the end of terms for four members of the Illinois REALTORS® Board of Directors: Loretta Alonzo-Deubel, Pat Callan, Thomas Krettler and Stan Sieron. Three of these members served as former presidents and all have … Continue reading →

Did you get the October magazine yet?

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 12:36pm
Check your mail this week for the October Illinois REALTOR® magazine, which includes a message from incoming president Doug Carpenter and a cover story “Celebrating our past; looking to the future” about the future of our association. Other feature stories … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Looking to boost your home’s value? Don’t overlook outdoor improvements

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 12:23pm
Adding some outdoor remodeling projects to your to-do list will go a long way toward adding value to your home and increasing your own happiness with your property even if you have no immediate plans to sell, the National Association of … Continue reading →

New guide helps REALTORS® know the advertising rules

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 9:23am
Illinois REALTORS® Professional Standards often gets inquiries about advertising guidelines. That’s because there are many state and Code of Ethics rules REALTORS® need to follow. Not following these rules can cause headaches, and even result in fines. Now, Illinois REALTORS® … Continue reading →

Consider sharing: Video helps clients relate to safety precautions

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 2:32pm
Once you see the NAR’s “REALTORS®, Safety and You” video, you’ll understand why your clients will be entertained by its informative message about safety. It will help them relate to the risks you need to reduce for the property owners, … Continue reading →

Downing becomes first Illinois GRI graduate under new program

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 1:00pm
Thomas Downing, a broker for @properties Chicago, earned the GRI designation Sept. 1, 2016, becoming the first Illinois REALTOR® to graduate since the new curriculum went online Aug. 1. Downing has only been licensed for about 16 months, yet in … Continue reading →

Opportunity Races: Reelect Rep. McAuliffe and Rep. Jesiel

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 12:40pm
In the Nov. 8 general election, the Illinois REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) Trustees encourage you to vote for two incumbents, state Rep. Mike McAuliffe in the 20th House District and Rep. Sheri Jesiel in the 61st House District. McAuliffe … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® learn from Czech counterparts

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 12:00pm
By Jana Herdova and Sharon Gorrell Jana Herdova, Illinois REALTOR® Consulate Liaison and NAR President’s Liaison to the Czech Republic, along with Sharon Gorrell, Illinois REALTOR Housing Policy Advisor and Staff Liaison to the Global Working Group, participated in a … Continue reading →