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Congratulations to these 9 REALTORS® for their leadership

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 10:19am
The Illinois REALTORS® would like to extend its best wishes to nine members who are serving as chairs and vice chairs for National Association of REALTORS® committees in 2018.      

Illinois REALTORS® welcomes international colleagues to Chicago

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 7:15am
Illinois REALTORS® and its Global Business Council welcomed an internationally-focused crowd to Chicago on Thursday at a reception. The association was sponsor of the International REALTORS® Welcome Event, which was opened by Illinois REALTORS® President Matt Difanis. “This is an … Continue reading →

Twenty percent of Illinois REALTORS® answer NAR call for action

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 9:57pm
Illinois REALTORS® passed a key benchmark in the association’s fight to protect the Mortgage Interest Deduction and other provisions in peril under a tax rewrite plan. The association asked its members Oct. 18 to begin telling Congress that the MID … Continue reading →

Three things to watch for in imminent tax plan release

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 12:35pm
House Republicans were to unveil a tax overhaul plan on Wednesday, but as members worked out final details the deadline for the release of information on the proposed legislation shifted to Thursday. REALTORS® are eager to see the plan because of the far-reaching … Continue reading →

Tax Reform – Call for Action!

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 8:43am
Illinois REALTORS® recently issued a Call for Action on Federal Income Tax Reform, which you should have received via email or text message. This call asks you to contact your elected representatives in Washington, DC, and tell them to be sure … Continue reading →

Magazine: As state bicentennial nears, Illinois REALTORS® show their support

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 3:06pm
In the October issue of Illinois REALTOR® magazine, a two-page spread gives examples of Illinois Bicentennial projects the association is already involved with. See the story titled, “Capital Area REALTORS® steps up for bicentennial project.” In addition, you’ll see a … Continue reading →

Transfer taxes are the exception in Illinois

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 12:05pm
A little-known fact that often surprises elected officials (and even some REALTORS®) is that Illinois municipal real estate transfer taxes are the exception rather than the rule. This is largely due to late 1990s Illinois REALTOR®-led legislation that allowed only … Continue reading →

Bernardoni’s annual spook-tacular adds witches, lethal giant spider

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 8:48am
Those who know Brian Bernardoni also know his passion for Halloween knows few bounds. The Chicago Association of REALTORS® Senior Director of Government Affairs and Public Policy (and a government affairs director for Illinois REALTORS®) starts intense Halloween prep the day … Continue reading →

5 reasons I love the RAFV Reverse Raffle

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 8:13am
The Second Annual REALTORS® Political Action Committee RPAC Reverse Raffle produced many positives for the REALTOR® Association of the Fox Valley (RAFV) on Oct. 26. In fact, after discussing it with RPAC Fundraising Manager Kim Buscher, I came up with … Continue reading →

Conference Live offers real-time perspectives to REALTORS® from NAR Conference & Expo

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 7:00am
If you’re an Illinois REALTOR® who’s unable to attend the NAR Conference & Expo this week in Chicago, Conference Live offers a variety of first-hand perspectives from 39 attendees, including eight featured attendees from Illinois. With 20,000 participants expected at … Continue reading →

REALTORS® discuss tax reform impact with Sen. Duckworth

Sun, 10/29/2017 - 8:08pm
Illinois REALTORS® met with U.S. Sen Tammy Duckworth on Sunday to outline concerns about the affect proposed tax law changes might have on homeowners. Duckworth met with REALTORS® including association President Matt Difanis and President-elect Dan Wagner. Also attending was … Continue reading →

10 REALTORS® win 2017 Chicago Agent Magazine awards

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 2:18pm
  Ten Illinois REALTORS® and one association CEO were named winners this week as Chicago Agent Magazine announced its 12th annual Agents’ Choice Awards. Real estate professionals voted and these are the top vote-getters in these categories: Rookie of the … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® consulate liaisons making an impact for Illinois and Baltic Region

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 2:05pm
REALTOR® members Mikus Kins and Andris Velkme, members of the Illinois Realtors® Global Business Council and Consulate Liaisons for Lithuania and Latvia, respectively, have taken the lead to create an opportunity for cross-border connections and partnerships. They were part of … Continue reading →

Earn the Green Designation December 5-6, 2017

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 12:35pm
Illinois REALTORS® in conjunction with Egyptian Board of REALTORS® is sponsoring the two-day Green designation course December 5-6, 2017 at John A. Logan College in Carterville, Illinois. Register by calling 618-364-0046. Classes will be held from 9 am-4:30 pm both days, … Continue reading →

With REALTOR® support, Will County Board passes state and local tax resolution

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 8:15am
The Will County Board is discouraging its congressional representatives from eliminating the State and Local Tax (SALT) deduction as part of federal tax reform, maintaining that it will have a disproportionately negative effect on middle class homeowners, especially in Illinois. … Continue reading →

Magazine: How Champaign County and Oak Park associations celebrated 100-year anniversaries

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 2:31pm
In the October issue of Illinois REALTOR®, you’ll find brief stories and photos from the 100-year anniversaries celebrated by the Oak Park Area Association of REALTORS® and the Champaign County Association of REALTORS® earlier this year. Champaign organized three special … Continue reading →

16 Illinois REALTORS® to speak and teach at REALTORS® Conference & Expo

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 9:26am
Starting Wednesday and continuing through Nov. 6, 16 Illinois REALTORS® will lead continuing education classes and share their knowledge with colleagues at the National Association of REALTORS® Conference & Expo in Chicago. Take a look at the following list of … Continue reading →

Join 12.5 percent of Illinois REALTORS® who’ve already answered the tax reform Call for Action

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 10:46am
Nearly a week after the National Association of REALTORS® issued a Call for Action regarding tax reform in Congress, 12.5 percent of Illinois members have asked their federal legislators to protect middle class homeowners while considering reforms to the U.S. … Continue reading →

Celebrating 50 years of fair housing: Illinois REALTORS® share their stories

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 11:34am
Two Illinois REALTORS® shared their experiences with the federal Fair Housing Act as part of a planned video commemorating of the historic legislation’s 50th anniversary next year. Illinois REALTORS® President Matt Difanis and past president Loretta Alonzo-Deubel were interviewed on … Continue reading →

Join more than 3K Illinois REALTORS® at NAR Conference & Expo

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 10:15am
Illinois REALTORS® can register next week when they arrive at the REALTOR® Conference & Expo at the McCormick Place West Building. More than 3,000 Illinois members are expected to attend between Nov. 3 and Nov. 6. Located in Hall F2, … Continue reading →