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Illinois REALTORS® Bicentennial Task Force Launches “Home is Where the Heart Is” Essay Contest

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 2:05pm
Illinois REALTORS® Bicentennial Task Force is excited to launch their “Home Is Where the Heart Is” Essay Contest as part of Illinois bicentennial celebrations! The essay contest, which began Nov. 15, is open to Illinois high school students in grades … Continue reading →

Two ways for REALTORS® to save on MIPIM 2018

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 8:00am
Illinois REALTORS® interested in attending MIPIM 2018 in Cannes, France next March have two opportunities to save money on the trip: getting a $389 discounted registration through the National Association of REALTORS® and winning a $1,500 MIPIM stipend from the … Continue reading →

Radio appearance allows Plainfield-area REALTOR® to warn consumers about tax reform concerns

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 9:57am
REALTOR® Eddie Ruettiger believes his radio interview last week may have helped change the perspectives of a radio host, a local news reporter and some consumers. Ruettiger, a broker for Baird & Warner Plainfield, provided his analysis of the Republican … Continue reading →

Association plans $10,000 donation to assist with recovery in Virgin Islands

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 9:48am
Illinois REALTORS® leadership has approved a $10,000 donation to help those affected by hurricanes which ravaged the U.S. Virgin Islands in September. In all, Illinois REALTORS® has donated $135,000 this year to assist with recovery from hurricanes Irma, Maria and … Continue reading →

Updated: Illinois REALTOR® takes fight over tax reform to Capitol Hill today

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 8:44am
  Illinois REALTORS® past president Mike Drews is in Washington, D.C., today to press the case for responsible tax reform. Drews is visiting the Hill as part of an effort to make sure Illinois lawmakers know that the current House … Continue reading →

Online CE courses now available for broker renewal

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 10:32am
Do you need continuing education courses for broker license renewal? The Illinois REALTORS® Licensing & Training Center now offers new online CE courses that you can complete from the comfort of your home or office. Brokers who were first licensed before February 1, … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: REALTOR® president speaks in defense of homeowners

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 10:18am
Shortly after the U.S. Senate Republicans released their plan for tax reform, National Association of REALTORS® President Elizabeth Mendenhall spoke out late last week,  urging that homeowners be protected. “While we are still reviewing the outlines of this proposal, we … Continue reading →

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 →