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Opportunity Races: REALTORS® Yingling and McCombie for state representative

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 2:38pm
In the Nov. 8 general election, the Illinois REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) trustees encourage you to vote for incumbent State Rep. and REALTOR® Sam Yingling for reelection in the 62nd House District as well as challenger and REALTOR® Tony … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Get early voting locations, dates and hours for November elections

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 9:50am
You can now start making plans for early voting in the Nov. 8 general election. Starting yesterday, your election authority is responsible for publishing the hours, dates and locations for early voting in your precinct at least once a week … Continue reading →

Onorato serves his area through Grundy County Board, too

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 9:53am
Coal City REALTOR® Mike Onorato says RPAC support made his first campaign for public office a successful one in 2014, as he was elected to represent District 3 on the Grundy County Board. “I am certain the assistance I received … Continue reading →

Global Commercial Real Estate Bootcamp

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 9:22am
With global financial changes including BREXIT, major shifts in capital flow are in the works. Are you equipped to do business with inbound commercial real estate investors? Acquire the skills necessary to work with inbound real estate investment. A two-day classroom … Continue reading →

Illinois home sales, prices make a late-summer surge in August

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 8:29am
The Illinois housing market got a healthy bounce in August, with gains in both home sales and median prices, according to Illinois REALTORS®. Statewide home sales (including single-family homes and condominiums) in August 2016 totaled 16,455 homes sold, up 6.7 … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Watch for Illinois August housing data tomorrow

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 11:11am
How did Illinois home sales and median prices perform in the final month of the summer housing market? Find out on Thursday, Sept. 22 when Illinois REALTORS® releases the August statewide housing data. You’ll find regional reports, the latest market … Continue reading →

Swick: ‘An amazing and exhilarating experience’

Mon, 09/19/2016 - 11:30am
As Quincy REALTOR® Glenn Swick looks back on his previous 32 years in the real estate profession, on the very short list of career highlights is his involvement in the Illinois REALTORS® Ombudsman Program. It’s number one. Although the word … Continue reading →

Slate of officers, board members announced by Illinois REALTORS®

Mon, 09/19/2016 - 11:19am
Illinois REALTORS®’ Board of Directors will vote on its 2017 slate of officers and new board members at its meeting Oct. 6 in Naperville. The officers for the 2017 year are: President: Doug Carpenter, ABR, AHWD, GRI, SFR President–elect: Matt Difanis, ABR, … Continue reading →

Persin, NRFOV help struggling veterans get needed home repairs

Mon, 09/19/2016 - 7:00am
Thanks to the nonprofit organization Naperville Responds For our Veterans (NRFOV), military veterans in almost 100 surrounding communities can get their homes repaired or renovated at no cost, says Jack Persin, a Naperville area REALTOR® and Navy veteran. “I’ve found … Continue reading →

Are male or female REALTORS® more likely to use a safety app or safety notification procedure?

Sat, 09/17/2016 - 10:02am
According to the National Association of REALTORS® 2016 Member Safety Report, 45 percent of females acknowledged using a safety app on their smartphone or an office safety notification procedure compared to 35 percent of males. Many members listed notifying a … Continue reading →

REALTOR® safety important to your colleagues and your loved ones, too

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 3:14pm
Before you decide to skip meeting a new client for the first time at your office, remember to minimize your risks by following safety procedures recommended by your managing broker or those offered through the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® urged to support candidates in 22 Opportunity Races

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 2:04pm
RPAC Trustees have used input from local associations to identify REALTOR® Champions in 22 elections and recommend you support these individuals on Tuesday, Nov. 8 in “Opportunity Races.” These candidates are pro-business and pro-private property rights, and they back policies … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Make your home more efficient and save money

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 11:37am
The Freddie Mac blog post, “4 Reasons to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient,” offers reasons that it pays to make your home as energy efficient as possible, including saving money and helping your home’s resale value down the road. … Continue reading →

2 reasons housing issues of older, single women need to be addressed

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 10:26am
The longer life expectancy of Americans and the tendency for women to outlive their male spouses and partners are at least two reasons the housing needs of older, single women should be noted in the coming years says the Harvard Joint … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: More U.S. homeowners regaining equity in homes, CoreLogic reports

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 10:06am
The number of U.S. homeowners who regained positive equity in their homes rose in the second quarter of 2016, according to the latest report from CoreLogic. During that time period, another 548,000 homeowners regained positive equity, bringing the total to … Continue reading →

Eight honored for industry service at CAR installation

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 9:04am
The Chicago Association of REALTORS® honored a number of members and association leaders for service to the industry on Wednesday as part of the installation of 2017 President Matt Silver. Outgoing CAR president Dan Wagner recognized eight who had made a … Continue reading →

Real Property Alliance plans two property tax appeal workshops in north Chicago

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 8:19pm
Real Property Alliance and the Chicago Association of REALTORS® are holding two workshops to help those who want to file a property tax appeal with the Cook County Assessor. The sessions in Lincoln Park will be: 4-7 p.m., Sept. 27, Coldwell … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Don’t make these home renovation blunders

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 10:44am
If you are getting ready to tackle a home improvement project, don’t make renovation mistakes that could end up costing you more money in the long run or make design decisions that you might later regret. A recent Realtor.com blog … Continue reading →

Association reaches REALTOR® Party goal for mobile alert signups

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 8:36am
Illinois REALTORS® reached a significant milestone last week, signing up 4,781 members to receive mobile text alerts on industry issues. The association is one of 16 states that has reached its target so far. NAR set a goal of having 11 … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: U.S. household income making gains

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 10:34am
According to Census data, the median household income for U.S. families rose to $56,500 in 2015, a 5.2 percent increase from the year before, The New York Times reports today in the article, “U.S. Household Income Grew 5.2% in 2015, … Continue reading →