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Morning Minute: Consumer spending marks biggest jump in six years

Tue, 05/31/2016 - 10:14am
U.S. consumer spending surged higher in April as more households purchased automobiles and other good and services, according to Commerce Department data. Reuters reports on the uptick in the article, “U.S. consumer spending surges; inflation creeping up.” In other headlines: … Continue reading →

Veterans can start real estate career through GI Bill®

Mon, 05/30/2016 - 12:15pm
Military veterans who want to start a real estate career can use their GI Bill® benefits to attend the Illinois REALTORS® Licensing & Training Center. It is the only real estate school in the state that can provide training under the … Continue reading →

Veteran Chiles finds ways to build up Springfield

Mon, 05/30/2016 - 7:00am
Springfield REALTOR® Phil Chiles has made a positive impact on many people throughout his 16-year real estate career, including some of his volunteer work through the Habitat for Humanity and Downtown Springfield, Inc. (DSI). The former Marine Corps veteran has … Continue reading →

License law cleanup bill passes with unanimous Senate vote Sunday

Sun, 05/29/2016 - 7:03pm
While many of us are settling into the zenith of the holiday weekend, Illinois REALTORS® Springfield lobbying team is on alert watching the final days of the Illinois General Assembly’s spring session. Sunday afternoon, HB6245 passed the Senate on a … Continue reading →

In Case You Missed It: Local distinguished REALTORS®, Inman Connect and more

Sat, 05/28/2016 - 7:00am
Here are the top headlines from the past week: Celebrate our ROTYs June 21 at the 35th annual banquet in Springfield Order tickets now for the 35th Annual REALTOR® of the Year Banquet, scheduled for June 21 at the Abraham … Continue reading →

State Capitol Report: Illinois REALTORS® watching bills and actions by General Assembly

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 5:13pm
As the General Assembly nears its May 31 scheduled adjournment, budget and school funding issues dominate the big picture issues. As of late Friday afternoon, the House had adjourned until Sunday but the Senate was continuing to debate and vote … Continue reading →

Green’s late husband honored at Illinois State Capitol Wall of Remembrance

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 11:50am
The late husband of Linda Green, executive vice president of the Champaign County Association of REALTORS®, is one of more than 200 late veterans who are being honored at the Illinois State Capitol now through Independence Day (July 4). Petty … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: How much are homeowners spending for remodeling in your community?

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 10:08am
Ever wonder how much people are spending on home improvements? A new report from the National Association of Home Builders breaks down remodeling spending by zip code so you can see how much people are expected to spend on home … Continue reading →

Offices closed Monday for Memorial Day

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 7:00am
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 →

Celebrate our ROTYs June 21 at the 35th annual banquet in Springfield

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 11:37am
Order tickets now for the 35th Annual REALTOR® of the Year Banquet, scheduled for June 21 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield. The event will honor the accomplishments of 25 local association REALTORS® of the Year (ROTY)  and … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Pending home sales rise to 10-year high, NAR reports

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 9:27am
U.S. pending home sales rose again in April, marking three consecutive months of gains and the highest reading in more than 10 years, according to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Pending Home Sales Index. April contract signings increased 5.1 percent … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® attending Inman Connect On the Road event in Rosemont

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 11:37am
Chicago-area members of Illinois REALTORS® are hearing from some of the top names in the business at Inman Connect On the Road, an training event held in Rosemont on Wednesday. Illinois REALTORS® and MRED have partnered to provide access to … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: U-Haul survey names Chicago No. 2 destination city for movers

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 9:49am
U-Haul has released its annual Destination Cities Report and the city of Chicago came in as the second most popular destination city, coming in only behind Houston in 2015. The survey looks at incoming, one-way U-Haul truck rental drop offs … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Sales of new homes in April hit 8-year high

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 1:08pm
Sales of new construction homes surged higher in April, climbing to the highest level since January 2008, according to Commerce Department data released today. Read “U.S. New-Home Sales Rise at Fastest Pace in Eight Years” by the Wall Street Journal … Continue reading →

CAR works with VAREP to help veterans with housing

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 9:22am
To help active duty troops and military veterans get a better understanding of available loans, financial literacy and home ownership issues, the Chicago Association of REALTORS® (CAR) began a new partnership program with the newly formed Chicago chapter of the … Continue reading →

Keenan, Ayres help found Geneva chapter of international organization

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 8:00am
In March 2015, inspired by Facebook activity of other chapters of “100 Women Who Care,” three friends – REALTOR® Teresa Keenan, REALTOR® Terra Ayres and Martha Brown – started their own chapter of 100 Women Who Care Geneva, representing Geneva, … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTOR® lobbyists race to the legislative session’s finish line

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 4:36pm
The Illinois General Assembly is heading down the home stretch of the spring session, but Illinois REALTOR® lobbyists were hard at work to make sure last-minute legislation doesn’t hurt REALTORS® or their clients. Topping the agenda was work on SB … Continue reading →

April brings strong gains in Illinois home sales and prices

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 9:40am
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois housing market accelerated in April with robust home sales and a double-digit year-over-year jump in the statewide median price, according to the Illinois REALTORS®. Statewide home sales (including single-family homes and condominiums) in April 2016 … Continue reading →

Watch for Illinois April housing data tomorrow

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 2:33pm
How is the spring real estate market shaping up in Illinois? Did home sales and prices gain stronger momentum in April? Find out on Friday, May 20 when Illinois REALTORS® releases the April statewide housing data. You’ll find regional reports, … Continue reading →

Sponsored post: RPR can help sellers see the pricing light

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 1:52pm
Flushing out what qualifies as an appreciable home improvement can be a sensitive issue. Homeowners who have put a lot of effort into converting the garage to a family room or the third bedroom to a new master closet may … Continue reading →