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REALTORS®, find safety tips and tools from NAR

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 3:59pm
September is REALTOR® Safety Month and the National Association of REALTORS® offers a variety of resources, tools and safety protocols that can be a benefit to you and your clients. Click here to learn more.

NSBAR welcomes new board and celebrates award winners

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 11:02am
The North Shore-Barrington Association of REALTORS® (NSBAR) installed its new officers and members of its board of directors during its Awards & Installation Luncheon. NSBAR Chief Executive Officer Steve Volkadav welcomed officers: President Carrie Healy, President-Elect Ian Robinson, Secretary-Treasurer Joel … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Consumer confidence climbs higher in September

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 10:34am
Consumers are feeling more confident in the U.S. economy. In September, the Consumer Confidence Index climbed to its highest level since August 2007, USA Today reports. Read more. In other headlines: Appraiser Shortage Sparks Sales Delays – CNBC (via REALTOR® … Continue reading →

Last chance to sign up for next week’s global commercial bootcamp

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 10:20am
Illinois REALTORS® who want to help inbound commercial real estate investors should sign up today for the CCIM Institute’s Global Commercial Real Estate Bootcamp next Thursday (Oct. 6) and Friday (Oct. 7) in Chicago. The program will be held at … Continue reading →

Opportunity Races: Reelect Sen. Tom Cullerton and Sen. Bush

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 9:28am
If you live in the 23rd or 31st Senate District, the Illinois REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) Trustees recommend you vote for state Sen. Tom Cullerton or Sen. Melinda Bush in the Nov. 8 general election. Cullerton (23rd District) and Bush … Continue reading →

Real Property Alliance offers training on Chicago’s property tax system

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 10:51pm
Two private property rights organizations held training on Chicago’s property tax appeal process for brokers on Tuesday, beginning a program to bring private property rights education to practitioners and consumers alike. The Chicago Association of REALTORS® has partnered with Real … Continue reading →

Special ‘thank you’ to these four board members

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 3:53pm
The October Business Meetings will mark the end of terms for four members of the Illinois REALTORS® Board of Directors: Loretta Alonzo-Deubel, Pat Callan, Thomas Krettler and Stan Sieron. Three of these members served as former presidents and all have … Continue reading →

Did you get the October magazine yet?

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 12:36pm
Check your mail this week for the October Illinois REALTOR® magazine, which includes a message from incoming president Doug Carpenter and a cover story “Celebrating our past; looking to the future” about the future of our association. Other feature stories … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Looking to boost your home’s value? Don’t overlook outdoor improvements

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 12:23pm
Adding some outdoor remodeling projects to your to-do list will go a long way toward adding value to your home and increasing your own happiness with your property even if you have no immediate plans to sell, the National Association of … Continue reading →

New guide helps REALTORS® know the advertising rules

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 9:23am
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 - 2:32pm
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 - 1:00pm
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 - 12:40pm
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 - 12:00pm
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 - 10:26am
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 - 10:21am
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 - 9:36am
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 - 2:38pm
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 - 9:50am
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 - 9:53am
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 →