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On June 6, ROTYs from Peotone, Rockford and Oak Park areas will be recognized

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 8:30am
Among the 24 local REALTORS® who’ll be honored at the 36th Annual REALTOR® of the Year Banquet will be Jim Sim, Brad Shields and Alice McMahon. The event will attract members from all over the state to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum … Continue reading →

18 ways REALTORS® can deliver more effective, memorable messages

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 11:15am
Since audiences generally remember about 20 percent of a speaker’s message, Anthony Huey says it’s critical to hone your message through preparation. And with 50 percent of the audience distracted at any given point of a presentation, the way your … Continue reading →

ROTYs from St. Charles, Freeport and O’Fallon areas to be honored June 6

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 9:54am
Among the 24 local REALTORS® who’ll be honored at the 36th Annual REALTOR® of the Year Banquet will be Mark Coleman, Anne Sadler and Julie Heltne. The event will attract members from all over the state to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield … Continue reading →

Governmental Affairs team watching out for REALTORS® during holiday weekend

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 4:49pm
While REALTORS® try to squeeze in a picnic, a barbecue or a sporting event sometime during the Memorial Day weekend, the Illinois REALTORS® statehouse lobbyists are monitoring activity at the State Capitol. The General Assembly is scheduled to adjourn on … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® headquarters closed Monday for Memorial Day

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 4:44pm
On Monday, in observance of Memorial Day, the Illinois REALTORS® offices in Springfield will be closed. The offices will reopen with regular hours on Tuesday. History Did you know the seeds of this holiday were planted in 1868 with the … Continue reading →

Budget crisis, license law changes and more in today’s Illinois REALTORS® State Capitol Report

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 3:43pm
A bill (House Bill 3528) designed to make several changes to Illinois real estate license law, an initiative of Illinois REALTORS® and supported by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, will be considered by Gov. Bruce Rauner following unanimous … Continue reading →

Capital Area REALTORS® get third consecutive annual RPAC award

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 10:03am
On the strength of its participation rate and number of major investors, the Capital Area REALTORS® finished second in RPAC fundraising for medium-sized local associations during 2016, according to an announcement last week at the NAR RPAC Awards Ceremony in … Continue reading →

ROTYs from Skokie, Peoria and Quad City areas honored at June 6 banquet, too

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 7:00am
Among the 24 local REALTORS® who’ll be honored at the 36th Annual REALTOR® of the Year Banquet will be Rebekah Carlson, Michelle Largent and Regen Johnson. The event will attract members from all over the state to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential … Continue reading →

Mainstreet offers RPAC headshot incentive to REALTORS® in June

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 11:39am
It’s a recurring source of humor in real estate circles: the outdated headshot photo. At some point in your career you’ve done a double take when an agent hands you a business card with a headshot that is a decade … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Mortgage rates hit 2017 low, Freddie Mac reports

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 10:13am
Mortgage interest rates fell below 4 percent this week and marked the lowest levels so far this year, Freddie Mac reported today. A 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.95 percent while the 15-year, fixed-rate mortgage dropped to 3.19 percent. Read more … Continue reading →

Three more local ROTYs to recognize at June 6 ROTY banquet

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 2:17pm
Among the 24 local REALTORS® who’ll be honored at the 36th Annual REALTOR® of the Year Banquet will be Chris Wilbur, Patrick Dalessandro and Eve Bremen. The event will attract members from all over the state to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential … Continue reading →

VIDEO: April Housing Report

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 9:18am
Declining inventory continues to define the overall housing market in Illinois. REALTORS® downstate remain optimistic about the market as the calendar turns to summer. Watch the video, and visit http://www.illinoisrealtor.org/marketstats to learn more.

Illinois home prices increase in April; Sales lower amid tight inventory

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 8:44am
Homes sold faster and prices rose, but home sales slowed in April with seasonally low inventory levels, according to Illinois REALTORS®. Statewide home sales (including single-family homes and condominiums) in April 2017 totaled 13,958 homes sold, down 3.4 percent from … Continue reading →

Learn how to protect your business from cybercrime at IDFPR conference

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 7:01am
Worried about hackers, computer viruses and wire fraud? If you aren’t, you should be. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation has put together a presentation on cybersecurity for real estate practitioners that should help protect your business. The … Continue reading →

Co-living . . . new concept or simply a revival of an age-old way of life?

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 1:47pm
Depending on your generation, you may have a different idea of where the trend towards community style living concepts comes from. Many baby boomers remember growing up with Grandma in the upstairs apartment or multiple generations living and working the … Continue reading →

Look for Illinois REALTORS® April housing report Wednesday

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 10:39am
Wednesday morning, the Illinois REALTORS® will release its April 2017 housing report, with data breakdowns for the state of Illinois, city of Chicago and the nine-county Chicago Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area (PMSA). Also included will be a housing market forecast … Continue reading →

RPAC by the numbers

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 4:55pm
During “Invest” week of REALTOR® Advocacy Month, consider several important numbers supplied by REALTOR® Political Action Committee. For example, our REALTOR® PAC is recognized as one of the most bipartisan PACs in the country, supporting both Republican and Democratic candidates. … Continue reading →

Broker Post-License Webinar Offered June 1 & 2

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 10:12am
​The broker license renewal deadline will be here before you know it (April 30, 2018). Why wait to enroll in your post-license courses? Get a jump on license renewal by taking the Broker Post-License Applied Real Estate Practices webinar June … Continue reading →

Another trio celebrated at June 6 ROTY banquet

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 9:00am
Among the 24 local REALTORS® who’ll be honored at the 36th Annual REALTOR® of the Year Banquet will be Wayne Kurchina, Laura Boyer and Andrea Greenwalt. The event will attract members from all over the state to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential … Continue reading →

Dalessandro leads Region 7 Caucus meeting

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 8:51am
Former Illinois REALTORS® president and current Region 7 Vice President Pat Dalessandro led the Region 7 Caucus in Washington, D.C., on Friday. The regional caucus allows leaders of three Midwestern states to come together and discuss market conditions and other aspects … Continue reading →