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Downs named recipient of NAR’s prestigious Magel Award

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 6:57pm
Chicago Association of REALTORS® CEO Ginger Downs is the recipient of the 2017 William R. Magel Award, honoring her for excellence as an association executive. The announcement was made at the annual Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo held this … Continue reading →

PACE bill unanimously approved in Illinois Senate; on to Gov. Rauner

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 3:56pm
On Wednesday afternoon, the Illinois Senate unanimously approved House Bill 2831, the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) bill.  The bill will now be sent to the Gov. Bruce Rauner for his consideration/signature. The legislation creates the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) … Continue reading →

Honor Miller and local ROTYs in 3 weeks at Springfield banquet

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 3:00pm
Place your order now for tickets to the 36th Annual REALTOR® of the Year Banquet, scheduled for June 6 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield. The event will honor the accomplishments of 24 local association REALTORS® of the … Continue reading →

Two REALTORS® doing double-duty in DC

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 1:46pm
Illinois REALTORS® Vicky Silvano and Nancy Suvarnamani are asking legislators on Capitol Hill to support the rights of property owners and real estate professionals this week on behalf of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and Asian Real Estate Association … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Closing on a home? Check out Freddie Mac’s infographic on what to expect

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 10:18am
If this is your first time buying a home, Freddie Mac has created an infographic that outlines some of the general steps that consumers can expect to happen on closing day and tips to help them be prepared. Find more … Continue reading →

Chicago-area REALTORS® meet with newest member of Illinois congressional delegation

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 9:45am
Illinois REALTORS® told U.S. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi that protecting the Mortgage Interest Deduction was critical to helping the real estate industry and the economy. The REALTOR® delegation comprised of members in his Chicago-area district met with Krishnamoorthi on Capitol Hill Wednesday morning, part … Continue reading →

Hill visits begin in earnest; REALTORS® advocate for property rights

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 9:29am
Illinois REALTORS® began fanning out across Capitol Hill this morning as part of several days of meetings with the state’s congressional delegation. REALTORS® are in Washington, D.C., as part of the annual Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, D.C. The … Continue reading →

How to avoid WannaCry ransomware and other cyber threats

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 4:02pm
Ransomware has been attacking computers with Windows operating systems since last week and Inman Select gives REALTORS® four ideas to protect their systems from hackers. Meanwhile, NAR offers some resources to keep your computers more secure and protect private information … Continue reading →

Buy ROTY Banquet tickets now for June 6 event

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 2:07pm
Order tickets now for the 36th Annual REALTOR® of the Year Banquet, scheduled for June 6 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield. The event will honor the accomplishments of 24 local association REALTORS® of the Year (ROTY) and … Continue reading →

REALTORS® Kmiecik and Hobbs consider cyber security enhancements in DC

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 11:23am
The National Association of REALTORS® Federal Technology Policy Advisory Board met early Tuesday at the NAR Legislative Meetings and Trade Expo in Washington, D.C., and two Illinois members were involved in a discussion of strengthening cyber security. REALTOR® John Kmiecik … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: NAR takes a closer look at U.S. building permit activity

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 10:42am
Available housing inventory has tightened in recent years and new home construction will play a role in meeting that housing demand. Economists with the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) took a closer look at building permits and compared activity levels … Continue reading →

Three days of REALTOR® Capitol Hill visits begin today

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 6:00am
Illinois REALTORS® Federal Political Coordinators and their teams will fan out across Capitol Hill over the next three days to meet with lawmakers. The visits are part of the association’s annual participation in the NAR Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade … Continue reading →

NAR Featured Attendees include 7 from Illinois

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 3:10pm
This week at the NAR Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, D.C., seven REALTORS® will post their thoughts to the NAR Legislative Live blog. You can follow their posts here or each of those individuals post to their own … Continue reading →

Carson to speak at NAR Legislative Meetings tomorrow

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 12:00pm
Former presidential candidate and Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Dr. Ben Carson will speak at the NAR Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo Tuesday in Washington, D.C. Carson will speak about the importance of mortgage credit … Continue reading →

Not going to DC this week?

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 9:00am
Illinois REALTORS® who aren’t visiting Washington, D.C. this week for the Legislative Meetings can show their support by signing up for the REALTOR Party Mobile Alerts. Then the next time a key issue comes up, they can ACT by answering … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTOR® committee application process opens today

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 8:28am
  Want to help shape the policies that govern Illinois REALTORS®? President-elect Matt Difanis wants you to get involved. Beginning today applications are being taken for those interested to be considered for committee appointments. The process closes June 13 and … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® Wants You!

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 8:00am
Illinois REALTORS® is nearly 45,000 members strong. But out of all those members, only a few hundred serve on association committees. President-elect Matt Difanis hopes that changes in 2018. Click on the picture to watch Matt’s video, and then follow this … Continue reading →

State’s REALTORS® travel to Washington; plan to urge lawmakers to protect MID

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 6:00am
Illinois REALTORS® are arriving in Washington, D.C., today to begin a week of business meetings and visits to Capitol Hill. The association’s members are taking part in the NAR Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo, which culminates with the NAR … Continue reading →

“Best” Photos from the 2017 Conference & Expo

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 4:38pm
Take a look at some of the “best” photos from the 2017 Conference & Expo, featuring photos from speaker sessions and the expo, which took place at Collinsville Gateway Center on May 10th and 11th.

Illinois REALTORS® Invite Veterans for a Session on Homeownership

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 2:34pm
In partnership with the City of Aurora Veterans Advisory Council, the Illinois REALTORS® are hosting a Homeownership 101 session in an effort to equip and educate our American Heroes on the basics of homeownership. Illinois REALTORS® President Doug Carpenter, who … Continue reading →