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New guide helps REALTORS® know the advertising rules

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 8:23am
Illinois REALTORS® Professional Standards often gets inquiries about advertising guidelines. That’s because there are many state and Code of Ethics rules REALTORS® need to follow. Not following these rules can cause headaches, and even result in fines. Now, Illinois REALTORS® … Continue reading →

Consider sharing: Video helps clients relate to safety precautions

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 1:32pm
Once you see the NAR’s “REALTORS®, Safety and You” video, you’ll understand why your clients will be entertained by its informative message about safety. It will help them relate to the risks you need to reduce for the property owners, … Continue reading →

Downing becomes first Illinois GRI graduate under new program

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 12:00pm
Thomas Downing, a broker for @properties Chicago, earned the GRI designation Sept. 1, 2016, becoming the first Illinois REALTOR® to graduate since the new curriculum went online Aug. 1. Downing has only been licensed for about 16 months, yet in … Continue reading →

Opportunity Races: Reelect Rep. McAuliffe and Rep. Jesiel

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 11:40am
In the Nov. 8 general election, the Illinois REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) Trustees encourage you to vote for two incumbents, state Rep. Mike McAuliffe in the 20th House District and Rep. Sheri Jesiel in the 61st House District. McAuliffe … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® learn from Czech counterparts

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 11:00am
By Jana Herdova and Sharon Gorrell Jana Herdova, Illinois REALTOR® Consulate Liaison and NAR President’s Liaison to the Czech Republic, along with Sharon Gorrell, Illinois REALTOR Housing Policy Advisor and Staff Liaison to the Global Working Group, participated in a … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Housing Patterns in Red, Blue and Swing States

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 9:26am
With tonight’s presidential debate on people’s minds, realtor.com takes an interesting look at the different housing patterns in states where residents tend to lean Democrat, Republican or are more up for grabs in swing states. See the realtor.com infographic below … Continue reading →

GRI Grad presenters talk video

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 9:21am
It is estimated that by 2019, 80 percent of all content viewed online will be videos. Why? Videos grab attention quickly and can convey a lot of information in a short amount of time. GRI Grad presenters Marki Lemons and … Continue reading →

Wilson helps local children with her volunteer efforts

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 8:36am
Like a great athlete who excels in just about any sport she attempts, Danville REALTOR® Millie Wilson has discovered multiple ways to volunteer in her community every year while serving as a managing broker for Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell, too. “I … Continue reading →

Opportunity Races: REALTORS® Yingling and McCombie for state representative

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 1:38pm
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 - 8:50am
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 - 8:53am
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 - 8:22am
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 - 7:29am
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 - 10:11am
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 - 10:30am
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 - 10:19am
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 - 6:00am
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 - 9:02am
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 - 2:14pm
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 - 1:04pm
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 →