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Morning Minute: U.S. economy adds jobs, unemployment rate falls to nine-year low

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 10:52am
November brought jobs growth with the U.S. Labor Department reporting the creation of 178,000 new jobs. At the same time, the nation’s unemployment rate fell to 4.6 percent, the lowest rate since August 2007, reports The Wall Street Journal in … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS®: Now’s the time to check your contact information

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 3:00pm
Whether you’ve moved, changed your name, added a phone or changed your email address, this is the perfect time to contact your local association and make sure all your contact information is up-to-date. If you start with your local association, … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: 8 home maintenance projects you need to do in December

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 9:47am
It’s officially December! Before we get too far into winter, now is the time to take care of a few important home maintenance jobs that will prepare your house for cold weather. The realtor.com article, “Check Yourself: Home Maintenance Tasks … Continue reading →

Photo Highlights from 2016 GRI Grad

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 2:21pm

GRI Grad kicks off with panel of top producers

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 11:55am
One of Illinois REALTORS’ signature education programs began Wednesday with a panel that explored the tactics necessary to become a top agent. The association’s GRI Grad program runs through Thursday at the Embassy Suites and Conference Center in East Peoria. The … Continue reading →

Peoria city manager, REALTORS® discuss future of city, region

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 11:18am
  Review of the city’s recently passed budget, including operating budget highlights, investments in infrastructure, rental inspections, code enforcements, property tax levy and historic tax credits for the redevelopment of Peoria’s downtown were among the topics discussed Tuesday afternoon by … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: U.S. pending home sales inch slightly higher in October, NAR reports

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 10:52am
October pending home sales rose slightly — up 0.1 percent — compared to the month before and was 1.8 percent higher than a year ago, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) reports today. “Most of the country last month saw … Continue reading →

RANWIL collects for Lena Area Food Pantry

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 7:00am
Several members of the Pat Brown Realtors brokerage in Lena jumped into action after a recent board meeting for the REALTOR® Association of Northwestern Illinois (RANWIL) and organized a food drive during the month of November for the Lena Area … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: U.S. economy showed strong growth in last quarter; consumer confidence climbs

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 9:43am
The U.S. economy had a strong third quarter with 3.2 percent growth, the largest quarterly gains in two years, according to the latest Commerce Department data, CNN reports today. And in November, consumer confidence jumped to its highest level since … Continue reading →

Serving on Mahomet Village Board worth sacrifice for Cook

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 9:00am
As REALTOR® Vicki Cook starts her seventh year as a trustee for the village of Mahomet, she is grateful for the opportunity she’s had to serve the community through public office. Any misgivings she may have had when she was … Continue reading →

Kelly’s advice for Trump: ‘Rise above it’

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 7:12pm
A number of Illinois REALTORS were in attendance on Monday to hear Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly talk about the election and her new book. Kelly spoke at an annual holiday luncheon given by Illinois REALTOR Dan Goodwin, chairman and CEO of … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: 2017 to bring higher conforming mortgage limits

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 10:14am
For the first time since 2006, conforming mortgage limits are headed higher with the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s decision to increase the limit from $417,000 to $424,100 in most parts of the country, the National Association of REALTORS® reports. Read … Continue reading →

Study: Tax burden on Illinois side of river not as severe as many think

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 9:45am
Two local REALTOR associations in southern Illinois say the results of an economic impact study show that the Land of Lincoln is still very competitive as a place to live and work. The study, which was commissioned on behalf of … Continue reading →

REALTOR® Short looks out for Logan County dogs

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 7:00am
Logan County REALTOR® Brenda Short has a soft spot in her heart for dogs. The managing broker for Brady Realtors in Lincoln and Clinton has been volunteering at the Logan County Humane Society for more than five years, and has … Continue reading →

Try NSBAR Tech Guide for unique holiday gift ideas

Fri, 11/25/2016 - 6:00am
For the third straight year, the North Shore Barrington Association of REALTORS® (NSBAR) is offering members a convenient online collection of holiday gift ideas through its Tech Guide. And other Illinois REALTORS® and family members can take advantage, too. “We … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® offices to close Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving holiday

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 3:00pm
The Illinois REALTORS®’ office — including the Legal Hotline and Transaction Helpline — will be closed Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday. The office will reopen on Monday, Nov. 28. The association staff wishes you a safe and happy weekend! … Continue reading →

REALTORS® Save in Members’ Gift Galleria

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 2:47pm
    Ready for holiday shopping? Don’t stand in line…go online! The REALTOR® Benefits Program is offering NAR members exclusive pricing and free shipping on Apple iPads, iPhones, Watches, MacBooks, iMac’s, Apple TV, accessories and more through the Members’ Gift Galleria! Visit … Continue reading →

Local associations, share holiday community involvement stories like QCARA!

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 12:36pm
The Quad City Area REALTOR® Association (QCARA) has participated in two holiday projects so far, making contributions to the Quad City Toys for Tots Marines and Salvation Army in Davenport, Iowa. Toys for Tots For several months, 13 different brokerages … Continue reading →

Illinois home prices show solid gains in October; Sales decline

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 9:26am
A drop in the number of homes on the market and a typical seasonal slowdown helped drive Illinois home sales lower in October even as median home prices continued to post solid annual gains, according to Illinois REALTORS®. Statewide home … Continue reading →

State Capitol Report summarizes week one of annual fall session

Mon, 11/21/2016 - 2:40pm
Illinois REALTORS® oppose a change to the Residential Real Property Disclosure Act (Senate Bill 168) and support the extension of the Affordable Housing Tax Credit (Senate Bill 2921) to Dec. 31, 2021, according to the latest State Capitol Report (login required). … Continue reading →