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Office closed Friday in observance of Veterans Day

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 6:00pm
The Illinois REALTORS® offices will be closed Friday, Nov. 10, in observance of Veterans Day. The Illinois REALTORS® Legal Hotline will also be closed. Both will reopen on Monday, Nov. 13. If you know a veteran who would like to … Continue reading →

Progress continues on Springfield Bicentennial Plaza

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 5:10pm
Construction crews continue to make significant progress as they used heavy equipment to drill footings for towers at the site of Bicentennial Plaza – A REALTOR® Community Partnership in downtown Springfield Just north of the Illinois REALTORS® offices, the towers … Continue reading →

State to hold free real estate cyber security conference Nov. 14 in Springfield

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 5:04pm
Illinois REALTORS® are invited to “Cyber Security Issues Related to the Real Estate Closing Process,” from 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Nov. 14 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. MCLE credit will be awarded to … Continue reading →

Global Business Council sets up meeting on land titles with Serbian delegation

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 3:21pm
A delegation of Serbian real estate practitioners got a chance to learn about best practices in the title industry this week.   The meeting was facilitated by the Illinois REALTORS®’ Global Business Council, and was held at the association’s offices at … Continue reading →

Watch this Illinois REALTORS® video about radon disclosure

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 11:26am
For a three-minute summary of the legal obligations regarding radon disclosure, members can watch the “Legal Minutes – Radon Disclosure Requirements” video featuring Illinois REALTORS® Director of Legal Services Betsy Urbance. According to the Illinois Radon Awareness Act, most homeowners … Continue reading →

Get “The 411 on Commercial Real Estate”

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 9:08am
If you would like a better appreciation for the complexity of commercial real estate transactions, check out a new video resource available to Illinois REALTORS® members. The 411 on Commercial Real Estate: What You Need to Know is a 3-hour video in a conversational format. Two … Continue reading →

Deadline extended to Nov. 12 for Illinois Bicentennial video contest — win 2 tickets to Hamilton

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 8:00am
College and high school students have roughly a week to submit their own original video for the “Something to Learn About Illinois History” Illinois Bicentennial contest, if they’re vying for a pair of tickets to the musical Hamilton on Dec. … Continue reading →

Catch up on what happened at the 2017 REALTOR® Conference & Expo

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 9:47am
Nearly 3,000 Illinois REALTORS® visited Chicago from Nov. 3-6 to play major roles in the REALTOR® Conference & Expo at McCormick Place. Scan through the following headlines for stories posted on the Illinois REALTORS® blog: Gallery shows best photos from … Continue reading →

Gallery shows best photos from NAR Conference & Expo

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 3:53pm
Illinois REALTORS® accepted awards, posed with Abraham Lincoln and participated in many of the business meetings and receptions with colleagues from across the country. The NAR Conference & Expo was estimated to draw 20,000 REALTORS® to Chicago Nov. 3-6, including … Continue reading →

Downs honored with Magel Award at NAR Board of Directors meeting

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 3:42pm
Chicago Association of REALTORS CEO Ginger Downs was recognized for being the recipient of the 2017 William R. Magel Award for association leadership at the National Association of REALTORS® Board of Directors meeting Monday.   Downs, who will retire next year, … Continue reading →

Tax reform plan would hurt homeowners, REALTORS® tell Sen. Durbin

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 2:49pm
Illinois REALTORS® met with U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin on Monday to tell him how a proposed tax overhaul would hurt homeowners.   REALTORS® Sue Miller and David Hanna told Durbin that as drafted the bill would have huge impact Illinois, which has some of the highest … Continue reading →

Qualifying veterans may use GI Bill® benefits for real estate education

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 10:00am
Veterans who want to start a career in real estate may apply for GI Bill® benefits for pre-license classroom courses taken through branches of the Illinois REALTORS® Licensing & Training Center. How to qualify: You must be an eligible veteran who meets … Continue reading →

Using the 1031 exchange option with investment properties

Sun, 11/05/2017 - 10:58pm
The 1031 exchange can be an important tool for deferring tax burdens when buying and selling “like-kind” investment properties, according to panelists at the REALTORS® Conference & Expo session, “1031 Exchange: Another Tool in Your Toolbox.” Illinois REALTORS® President-elect Dan … Continue reading →

Suvarnamani honored with NAR’s Global Achievement Award

Sun, 11/05/2017 - 1:11pm
Adding to the list of accolades Illinois REALTORS® have received during the annual NAR Conference & Expo is Nancy Suvarnamani who was honored Saturday for her work in global real estate. Suvarnamani was honored with the NAR Global Achievement Award … Continue reading →

Global Business Council gets top honors at NAR conference

Sun, 11/05/2017 - 10:54am
Illinois REALTORS®’ efforts to raise awareness of global real estate were honored on Saturday at a reception at the NAR Conference and Expo in Chicago. The association’s Global Business Council was recognized with the Platinum Global Achievement Program Award for its … Continue reading →

Read honored with 2017 SRES Outstanding Service Award

Sun, 11/05/2017 - 7:50am
Woodridge-area REALTOR® Chris Read, ABR, CRB, CRS, GRI, SRES received the Seniors Real Estate Specialist’s® Outstanding Service Award Saturday night at the National Association of REALTORS® Conference and Expo in Chicago. Read received her award at the ABR®, SRES® and … Continue reading →

Miller, other state REALTORS® of the Year recognized at NAR Conference

Sat, 11/04/2017 - 10:20pm
McHenry REALTOR® Sue Miller, the 2017 Illinois REALTOR® of the Year, was recognized along with other top state REALTORS® from around the country in a celebration during the general session at the REALTORS® Conference & Expo on Saturday. Miller and … Continue reading →

Wagner, Ruggieri honored with 2017 National Commercial Awards

Sat, 11/04/2017 - 9:04pm
Illinois REALTORS®  President-elect Dan Wagner and REALTOR®  Alex Ruggieri were both honored for excellence in commercial real estate Saturday during the REALTORS®  Conference & Expo in Chicago on Saturday. Wagner, of Wheaton, is the senior vice president of government relations … Continue reading →

Lincoln appearance delights expo attendees in Chicago

Sat, 11/04/2017 - 12:51pm
Abraham Lincoln paid a visit to the Illinois REALTORS® booth at the NAR Conference and Expo Saturday to help celebrate the state’s upcoming 200th anniversary. Lincoln, portrayed by Fritz Klein of Springfield, posed for pictures with expo attendees at McCormick … Continue reading →

Five takeaways on current housing market trends

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 5:29pm
Did you know today’s U.S. homeowners are staying in their homes longer? Homeowner tenure now averages 10 years compared to the past when they were more likely to stay put for an average of 6 years before moving, said Lawrence … Continue reading →