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One survey question can tell you a lot about American politics

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 4:26pm
Want to know how the political winds are blowing? Ask one simple question: ​Is the country going in the right direction? “This shapes the architecture of the electorate,” said Gene Ulm a political strategist and pollster with more than 25 years … Continue reading →

Sonia Anaya honored with REALTOR® Political Involvement Award

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 1:05pm
Congratulations to Sonia Anaya, broker-owner of America Real Estate in Chicago, who was named the recipient of the 2016 Political Involvement Award today during the Illinois REALTORS® Public Policy Meetings in East Peoria. The award honors Illinois REALTORS® for achievements … Continue reading →

Sue Miller named 2017 Illinois REALTOR® of the Year

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 10:26am
Sue Miller, managing broker of Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell in McHenry, was named 2017 Illinois REALTOR® of the Year at the state association’s Public Policy Meetings in East Peoria today. The award honors individuals whose dedication to excellence has profoundly enhanced … Continue reading →

Facemire offers unique fundraising approaches during RPAC Strategic Planning session

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 5:14pm
Finding successful, unique ideas for fundraising — like a men’s cake decorating contest — to combine with traditional ideas like golf outings can help associations raise money for RPAC said Lauren Facemire, Managing Director, RPAC and Political Fundraising for the … Continue reading →

Housing a key to healthy, sustainable cities, coalition leader says

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 4:08pm
Housing plays a critical role in the overall well-being of communities worldwide, the leader of an organization devoted to creating sustainable and inclusive cities told members of Illinois REALTORS® Housing Opportunity Working Group on Tuesday. Judith Hermanson, president and CEO of … Continue reading →

Frustrated by ‘toxic’ environment in Springfield, Unes proud to work with REALTORS®

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 2:04pm
While State Rep. Mike Unes said he was encouraged that legislative leaders are speaking to each other, he offered no predictions about when the state will have a budget because elected state officials don’t trust each other. Unes made his … Continue reading →

Video: State of Illinois Housing Market Outlook 2016-17

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 12:30pm
In 2016, yearly home sales tracked higher and median prices remained robust throughout the state even as low inventory, fluctuating mortgage rates and a contentious election season affected the market and overall economy. Watch a new video that highlights the state of … Continue reading →

Illinois home sales dip in December, but 2016 housing market ends on a high note

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 9:48am
Despite a dip in home sales in December, both sales and median prices finished in positive territory in 2016, closing out a year marked by tight housing inventories and continued strong consumer demand, according to the latest report from Illinois … Continue reading →

Task force maps REALTOR® participation in state’s 200th birthday

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 8:28am
Members of the Illinois REALTORS® Bicentennial Task Force met Monday in East Peoria to discuss the association’s plans to honor the state’s 200th anniversary. The association began planning last year to commemorate the state’s milestone birthday in 2018, and heard … Continue reading →

Remembering and honoring late veterans among TRAR community projects

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 12:27pm
On Dec. 17, 2016, members of Three Rivers Association of REALTORS® (TRAR) participated in National Wreaths Across America Day at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Ill. As volunteers placed Remembrance Wreaths on veterans’ graves, they were encouraged to say … Continue reading →

Trump administration’s suspension of FHA insurance rate cut explained

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 12:01pm
One of President Trump’s first acts of office was to roll back a planned rate cut for FHA insurance premiums. The original policy, promoted by the Obama administration, could have saved homeowners getting homes with financing backed by the government hundreds … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: What HUD’s suspension of FHA premium reduction could mean to homebuyers

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 11:26am
A reduction in Federal Housing Administration (FHA) mortgage insurance premium that had been scheduled to go into effect on Jan. 27 has been suspended by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. In a statement, National Association of REALTORS® … Continue reading →

One week left to register for Pre-Licnese Managing Broker webinar

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 11:25am
Have you ever thought about becoming a Managing Broker? You have one week left to register for the required Managing Broker Pre-License Applied Management & Supervision course. The 15-hour webinar on January 31 & February 1 is a rare opportunity to … Continue reading →

Broker Management webinars provide CE for 2017 license renewal from home

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 10:57am
Without leaving home, Managing Brokers can earn CE for the 2017 license renewal! Illinois REALTORS® Licensing & Training Center offers the 12-hour Broker Management CE course in two-day webinars to be held in February, March and April. The next webinar … Continue reading →

Hewings, Smoke to present at Business Issues and License Law Forum

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 12:46pm
One economist well-known for his analysis of Illinois housing and another with a flair for making complex issues more understandable will highlight the Business Issues and License Law Forum next Wednesday at the Illinois REALTORS®’ Public Policy Meetings in East … Continue reading →

Housing Opportunity Working Group to feature global fair housing advocate

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 3:00pm
Next Tuesday afternoon at the Public Policy Meetings in East Peoria, Judith Hermanson will be the featured speaker during the Housing Opportunity Working Group session. Hermanson, the president and CEO of the nonprofit organization, IHC Global, advocates for equitable international … Continue reading →

Can you guess the top 10 categories of 2016 Legal Hotline questions?

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 1:37pm
Of the 2,504 questions submitted to the Illinois REALTORS® Legal Hotline in 2016 by members, three of the top 10 categories were related to license law in 2016. “License law – scope,” or the “Do I need a license for … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Mortgage rates fall for third week

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 10:55am
Reversing a previous trend, fixed mortgage rates headed lower for the third consecutive week, Freddie Mac reports today. The 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.09 percent this week, down from 4.12 percent a week ago. The 15-year, fixed-rate mortgage was also … Continue reading →

NAR’s Facemire to share proven ideas during RPAC Strategic Planning meeting

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 3:00pm
REALTORS® who attend the afternoon RPAC Strategic Planning Session during the Public Policy Meetings in East Peoria next Tuesday will hear about successful fundraising ideas used by fellow REALTORS® across the country. That’s just one of the topics on the … Continue reading →

Marketing tips from Inman Connect in NYC

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 10:43am
Members of Illinois REALTORS® leadership are in New York City this week taking part in Inman Connect, a massive real estate gathering held each year in January. Illinois REALTORS® Immediate Past President Mike Drews sat in on the sessions, and … Continue reading →