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Bicentennial Plaza at Illinois REALTORS® headquarters one step closer to approval

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 8:34am
Illinois REALTORS® is one step closer to realizing an ambitious project which would transform a parking lot at the association’s Springfield headquarters into a plaza commemorating the state’s 200th birthday. The association’s plan for the Bicentennial Plaza was approved by … Continue reading →

April deadlines approaching for several REEF scholarships

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 11:30am
Illinois REALTORS® have about six weeks to prepare and submit their applications for numerous Real Estate Educational Foundation scholarships. Six annual scholarships have an April 1 deadline: James M. Kinney Scholarship, worth $1,000 for the 2017-18 school year; Richard “Dick” … Continue reading →

Tax rewrite could weaken incentive to buy homes, NAR expert warns

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 10:28am
Federal tax code changes could have a dramatic impact on the real estate industry and consumers who count benefitting from the mortgage interest deduction, a tax expert from the National Association of REALTORS® said on Wednesday. “This is an exciting … Continue reading →

Redesigned ‘The Consumer’s Guide to Real Estate Agency in Illinois’ now available to order

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 3:50pm
Place your orders now for the popular “The Consumer’s Guide to Real Estate Agency in Illinois” through the Illinois REALTORS® Store. It’s been changed from a tri-fold brochure to an 8 1/2 by 11-inch, two-sided flyer with perforated cards at … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Tips for getting a jump-start on your home search

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 10:58am
Thinking about buying a home this spring? Then get a jump-start on the process by reading “The Early Bird Guide to Buying a Home,” from realtor.com. The article offers a variety of action steps you can take now to make … Continue reading →

Registration opens for April 25 Capitol Conference & Lobby Day

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 11:40am
Illinois REALTORS® can check an important item off their “to do” list and save money by registering today for the April 25 Capitol Conference & Lobby Day in Springfield. Members who sign up now qualify for Early Bird rate of … Continue reading →

Early voting begins for Illinois primaries with separate permanent and temporary sites

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 6:02pm
Today was the first day voters in parts of 10 counties and two cities could take advantage of early voting and grace period registration for the consolidated primaries, according to the Illinois State Board of Elections (ISBE). Election authorities in … Continue reading →

Managing brokers: Watch for IDFPR license renewal notifications via email

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 11:37am
The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) has started sending out email notifications to managing brokers with licenses scheduled to expire on April 30. Illinois REALTORS® who are managing brokers can use the link within the email to … Continue reading →

Thomson part of new quartet of board members

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 10:43am
Chicago Association of REALTORS® President-Elect Rebecca Thomson joined the Illinois REALTORS® Board of Directors in January. She is one of four new board members, including Nick Libert of Chicago, Wayne Paprocki of Northbrook and Debbie Prodehl of Homer Glen. A … Continue reading →

Today’s State Capitol Report identifies bills REALTORS® will watch closely

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 6:52pm
  Even after midday totals exceeded 5,500, members of the Illinois House and Senate continued to introduce bills for consideration by colleagues Friday — the deadline for submission. Meanwhile, members of the Illinois REALTORS® Governmental Affairs combed through the bills … Continue reading →

Robert E. “Bob” Cook dies; led Illinois REALTORS® for 28 years

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 3:38pm
Former Illinois REALTORS® Executive Vice President Robert E. “Bob” Cook, who ushered in an era of modernization and growth for the trade association during his 28-year tenure, died Wednesday in Colorado. A Celebration of Life will be 4:30 p.m. Saturday, … Continue reading →

Paprocki provides educational expertise to board

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 1:00pm
Just a few weeks into his first year on the Illinois REALTORS® Board of Directors, Wayne Paprocki of Realty Advisors North in Northbrook is enjoying his new role. Paprocki attended the first board of directors meeting of the year at … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Fourth quarter brings home price gains

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 1:14pm
Despite historically low housing inventory, buyer demand remained strong in the fourth quarter of 2016 and helped propel home prices higher in Illinois and in many U.S. metro areas. What’s ahead for early 2017? Expect home prices to experience continued … Continue reading →

Rent control bill introduced in Illinois House

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 9:41am
A Chicago lawmaker has introduced legislation to do away with state prohibitions on rent control. Rep. Will Guzzardi, D-Chicago, represents areas in and around Logan Square, where he says property values and rents are driving people out of the area. … Continue reading →

Time-lapse photography captures Springfield YWCA demolition

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 3:47pm
Anyone lucky enough to be in the third floor conference room at the Illinois REALTORS® building between Feb. 1 and 7 had a front-row seat for the demolition of the old YWCA building on the northwest corner of 5th and Jackson … Continue reading →

Video: REALTOR® tips for helping first-time home buyers in 2017

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 12:43pm
Join Illinois REALTORS® President Doug Carpenter, President Elect Matt Difanis and Immediate Past President Mike Drews for advice about how members can best help first-time home buyers achieve the American Dream in 2017. Low inventories in most areas of the … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: REALTORS® optimistic about this year’s market

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 12:23pm
Looking ahead to the next six months, U.S. REALTORS® say they are broadly optimistic about ongoing growth in the housing market, particularly among single-family properties, according to the latest REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey Report from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). … Continue reading →

Deadline today for primary election judges to notify employers

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 8:00am
Today is the last day employees can give employers written notice they will not work on Feb. 28 because they will be serving as election judges in the Illinois Consolidated Primary. This is according to the Illinois State Board of … Continue reading →

Libert one of latest additions to board of directors

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 3:00pm
The Illinois REALTORS® Board of Directors met for the first time in 2017 during the Public Policy Meetings in East Peoria last week and welcomed four new members, including REALTOR® Nick Libert, managing broker/owner of Exit Strategy Realty in Chicago. … Continue reading →

Champaign County REALTOR® recognized for his attitude, accomplishments in face of adversity

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 12:33pm
REALTOR® Todd Salen, SRES, GRI, is featured in a Champaign News-Gazette story about his life since a diagnosis of stage 4 colorectal cancer more than a year ago. Read “Diagnosis or not, he’s living all out.” Salen joined Sperry Van … Continue reading →