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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 →

Need a place to meet at ICSC RECon? NAR has you covered

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 1:57pm
Heading to ICSC RECon in Las Vegas next week? The National Association of REALTORS® will have a presence at the conference staged by the International Council of Shopping Centers beginning Sunday at the Las Vegas Convention Center. And if you … Continue reading →

Less than a week to go to honor veterans with inclusion on Memorial Wall

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 11:19am
If you’d like a late veteran to be honored at the Illinois State Capitol for his or her military service this summer, please submit a photograph and a brief description of their story to the Illinois State Capitol Memorial Day … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Thinking of selling your home? Top reasons why owners decide to make a move

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 11:17am
In a recent blog post, “It’s a Great Time to Sell a Home — and to Buy Again,” Jonathan Smoke, chief economist of realtor.com, outlines the top five reasons why homeowners decide to sell their home, including the desire to … Continue reading →

Goodwin receives national business leadership honor

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 8:28am
The chairman and CEO of The Inland Real Estate Group of Companies has been recognized with a top national honor for business leadership. Illinois REALTOR® Daniel L. Goodwin was named the winner of the Stevie Award in the real estate … Continue reading →

See who was at NAR Midyear!

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 11:58am

Zimmerman named as NAR commercial liaison for 2017

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 11:26am
REALTOR® Deena Zimmerman was named as 2017 NAR commercial liaison at the Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Show held in Washington, D.C., last week. Zimmerman’s role has her reporting to the national association’s leadership about actions and issues before the multitude … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Housing starts climb higher in April

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 10:02am
U.S. home construction picked up in April, a good sign for housing inventory levels, which have been lagging amid growing buyer demand. The Commerce Department reported today that U.S. housing starts increased 6.6 percent, an even stronger showing than economists … Continue reading →

Still time to honor late veterans at State Capitol this summer

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 4:28pm
If you’d like a late veteran to be honored at the Illinois State Capitol for his or her military service this summer, please submit a photograph and a brief description of their story to the Illinois State Capitol Memorial Day … Continue reading →

AMPI/REALTOR® trade mission launches in Chicago

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 4:00pm
Illinois REALTORS® met with representatives from a Mexican real estate association on Monday as part of a two-day trade mission which keynoted by Illinois Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti. The event at the Rosemont Doubletree Hotel was sponsored by the Mainstreet Organization of … Continue reading →