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Registration begins for NICAR CIPS class

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 4:38pm
Commercial REALTORS® interested in international real estate and working with foreign buyers will have a unique learning opportunity in September. The Northern Illinois Commercial Association of REALTORS® will host the first commercially-focused Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) Institute on the … Continue reading →

Six days left to buy Illinois ROTY banquet tickets

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 3:16pm
If you’re planning to honor the 2016 Illinois REALTOR® of the Year Chris Read and 25 local ROTYs from across the state, the deadline to purchase tickets for the 35th Annual REALTOR® of the Year (ROTY) Banquet is June 15. … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: DuPage Homeownership Center to honor Goodwin

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 10:31am
Daniel L. Goodwin, Chairman and CEO for the Inland Real Estate Group, Inc., will receive the 2016 Robert Christ Affordable Housing Award by the DuPage Homeownership Center tonight in Glen Ellyn. The award recognizes his extraordinary commitment and contributions to … Continue reading →

Photos from 2016 Leadership Training Academy

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 3:57pm
Check the photos of the 2016 Illinois REALTORS® Leadership Training Academy, which met in Springfield Tuesday for media training at the Illinois REALTORS® Headquarters. Julie J. Roth (Berkshire Hathaway Snyder R.E., Champaign) is the chair of the Leadership Development Working … Continue reading →

Send in your patriotic REALTOR® photos!

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 11:44am
Illinois REALTORS® love the American flag and the freedoms it represents, so submit the patriotic photos you take during June for our “REALTORS® Love Red, White and Blue” photo galleries on this blog! From now through June 30, members can … Continue reading →

Make time for the Illinois REALTORS® Legal Webinar June 16

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 11:00am
“Insurance Coverage and Products for Brokers” is the featured topic during the Illinois REALTORS® Legal Webinar at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, June 16. Space is limited for the WebEx meeting and members must login to join the webinar with Illinois REALTORS® … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Realtor.com offers tips for getting your home ready for a showing fast

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 9:37am
In a hurry to get your listed home ready for a showing? Realtor.com and REALTOR® Leigh Brown offer five quick tips in the video, “How to get your home ready for a showing in 10 minutes or less.” In other … Continue reading →

Eight days left to buy Illinois REALTOR® of the Year banquet tickets

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 8:32am
June 15 is the last day you can buy tickets to attend the 35th Annual REALTOR® of the Year (ROTY) Banquet June 21 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield. The event will honor the 2016 Illinois REALTOR® of … Continue reading →

Freeport REALTOR® gains support for local Big Brothers Big Sisters chapter

Mon, 06/06/2016 - 6:00am
Freeport REALTOR® Tim Davenport and his friends stepped up production for a local charity this year and enjoyed themselves in the process. After several years of making donations to Big Brothers Big sisters of Northwestern Illinois, the REALTOR® Association of … Continue reading →

REALTORS® get value through advocacy, ombudsmen, license law changes; Bell joins team

Sat, 06/04/2016 - 10:00am
During the last week, Illinois REALTORS® successfully advocated for changes to the state’s Real Estate License Act of 2000, discussed improvements to the volunteer ombudsman program and welcomed Executive Vice President Luke Bell to the association staff. Read about these … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Best improvement tips for boosting your home’s value

Fri, 06/03/2016 - 9:53am
Planning on doing some home improvements this summer? Then make the most of your money by tackling projects that will give you a better return on your remodeling investment. HouseLogic offers, “The 8 Most Financially Savvy Home Improvements.”  Read the … Continue reading →

Ombudsman meet to discuss how to best meet needs of members, public

Fri, 06/03/2016 - 9:40am
Illinois REALTORS® operates a program which seeks to resolve disputes between association members or members of the public and association members. Called ombudsmen, these REALTOR® volunteers handle calls for help which come in by phone and email. The program was … Continue reading →

Historic preservation incentives for property owners

Fri, 06/03/2016 - 7:30am
If your municipality has a historic home preservation program, keep in mind that existing programs — mainly through the State of Illinois and the federal government — are beneficial to the property owner. The Property Tax Assessment Freeze for Historic … Continue reading →

Only 13 days left to buy ROTY banquet tickets

Fri, 06/03/2016 - 6:00am
Order tickets now for the 35th Annual REALTOR® of the Year (ROTY) Banquet, scheduled for June 21 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield. The deadline for ordering is June 15. The event will honor the accomplishments of the … Continue reading →

Sponsored post: RPR reports can build social presence

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 1:53pm
  Before social media sites like Facebook became commonplace, real estate agents had to be pretty creative when it came to engaging with their sphere of influence. Direct mail, events, door knocking and even phone calls were expensive and time … Continue reading →

GGAR Golf outing raises money for Wieger scholarship

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 12:04pm
Members of the Greater Gateway Association of REALTORS® are golfing for a good cause today, as they tee off to raise money for a scholarship which honors a longtime developer. The Richard “Dick” Wiegers scholarship was established to help worthy candidates … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Federal Reserve reports modest economic growth this spring

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 10:32am
The Federal Reserve’s latest “Beige Book” released Wednesday, shows that the U.S. economy experienced modest gains in April and May, buoyed in part by a stronger housing market, USA Today reports. Read the USA Today article, “Fed: Economy grew modestly in … Continue reading →

Bell begins with Illinois REALTORS®

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 5:07pm
Luke Bell began his career with Illinois REALTORS® today as its executive vice president, about two months after the association announced his hiring. Bell is second in line to Illinois REALTORS® Chief Executive Officer Gary L. Clayton. Bell earned a … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Positive momentum continues for U.S. home prices

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 10:18am
According to the latest S&P/Case-Shiller Index, U.S. home prices continue to recover, climbing to near-record highs, the Wall Street Journal reports in, “U.S. Home Prices Jump as Supply Pinch Plays Out.” The latest national price index shows prices have risen … Continue reading →