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Morning Minute: Mortgage rates hit 2016 low

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 9:56am
Consumers buying a home right now can benefit from mortgage interest rates falling to the lowest levels so far this year. A 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.59 percent while a 15-year, fixed-rate averaged 2.88 last week, according to Freddie Mac. … Continue reading →

How’s the Chicagoland real estate market? Illinois REALTORS® provide update

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 9:17am
  Illinois REALTORS® Nykea Pippion-McGriff and Matt Silver got a chance to discuss the Chicago area housing market on ABC Channel 7 in a segment that aired over the weekend. The duo told viewers that the market was looking good so … Continue reading →

Laricy finds inspiration helping children through Make-A-Wish foundation

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 7:30am
For Illinois REALTOR® Matt Laricy, it isn’t enough that his business, the Matt Laricy Group, is ranked in the top 1 percent of real estate sales in Chicago. His website urges clients to “think big, choose small,” just as he … Continue reading →

One week left to shop and get RPAC credit!

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 3:55pm
Day passes to Disney World in Orlando, tickets to Cubs, Cardinals and White Sox games, electronics and 100th anniversary apparel are just a few of the items available to Illinois REALTORS® through the RPAC Online Auction until April 15! Visit … Continue reading →

Lobby Day bus challenge raises more than $7,000 for RPAC

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 3:03pm
Seven local REALTOR® associations secured 100 percent participation for the Get on Board with RPAC Bus Challenge at the Illinois REALTORS® Capitol Conference (Lobby Day) Tuesday, as more than $7,000 was raised for the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC). Members … Continue reading →

Try these 5 ideas for improving landscaping

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 11:05am
Replacing fences, installing fountains, staining a deck, planting a tree and fertilizing a lawn are five suggestions for improving the landscaping around a home that can be done relatively inexpensively, according to this week’s edition of the NAR blog, Styled, … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® participate in the Illinois Governor’s Conference on Affordable Housing

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 9:30am
Housing Opportunity Working Group Chair Sarah Ware, Housing Policy Advisor Sharon Gorrell and Assistant Director of Government Affairs Mike Scobey represented the Illinois REALTORS® at the 2016 Illinois Governor’s Conference on Affordable Housing last week in Chicago. The three attended … Continue reading →

April issue: 5 share winning marketing strategies

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 3:10pm
Agents, brokers and experts share the marketing strategies that have worked best for them in the April 2016 issue of Illinois REALTOR®. Find out what Ben Scandlen, Chase Michels, Max Cron, Kevin Kwit and Matt Hernacki recommend in the story, … Continue reading →

Wagner named treasurer-nominee for Illinois REALTORS®

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 1:38pm
Illinois REALTORS® board member and Chicago Association of REALTORS® president Dan Wagner was named 2017 treasurer-nominee for the state association. An Illinois REALTORS® Board of Directors vote is expected to formally place Wagner on the leadership ladder later this year. Wagner’s selection by … Continue reading →

Gov. Bruce Rauner honors Illinois REALTORS® for century of service

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 12:15pm
  Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner presented Illinois REALTORS® leadership with a proclamation honoring the association’s century of service. The document also declares April 25, 2016 as Illinois REALTORS® Day in the state. In remarks at the meeting, Rauner praised the … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® advocate for real estate at 2016 Capitol Conference

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 7:13pm
More than 500 REALTORS® from throughout Illinois showed the #PowerofR in Springfield on Tuesday for the annual Illinois REALTORS® Capitol Conference. The REALTORS®, who represent Illinois homeowners and commercial real estate, are powerful advocates for property rights and the annual … Continue reading →

Budget impasse just part of Legislative Briefing and Lobby Day luncheon

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 1:04pm
A capacity crowd of REALT ORS® listened as Director of Governmental Affairs Greg St. Aubin explained the association’s opposition to several pieces of legislation aimed at mandating smoke detectors, expanding home rule for local governments and a host of other … Continue reading →

Radogno: Illinois REALTORS® play an important role in political advocacy

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 12:51pm
As Illinois REALTORS® gathered in Springfield Tuesday to lobby their Illinois legislators for the association’s Capitol Conference, Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno spoke to a crowd of RPAC Major Investors and told them of the important role they play in … Continue reading →

Photo Highlights from YPN/WCR Reception

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 12:10pm
The Illinois Young Professionals Network hosted a reception for REALTORS® at the Celtic Mist in downtown Springfield Monday night as part of the 2016 Illinois REALTORS® Capitol Conference.  

Illinois REALTORS® celebrate 100 years; look to future with new name

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 7:14pm
On Monday, the Illinois Association of REALTORS® celebrated a century of real estate advocacy, education and ethics and embarked on the next chapter with a new name, Illinois REALTORS®. In 1916, a visionary group of real estate practitioners formed a … Continue reading →

Luke Bell named executive vice president for Illinois REALTORS®

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 6:25pm
The Illinois REALTORS® announced Monday that Luke Bell will join the state’s 44,000-member real estate trade association as its new executive vice president. Bell, who is vice president of governmental affairs/general counsel for the Kansas Association of REALTORS®, will begin … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® emerging leaders get training on advocacy

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 2:11pm
The Illinois REALTORS® Leadership Development Class was in Springfield on Monday, April 4, as part of festivities leading up to the annual Capitol Conference and Lobby Day. The program was established to help emerging leaders in the REALTOR® community gain … Continue reading →

Tialdo finds a home for her volunteer passion

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 11:06am
You really couldn’t blame Illinois REALTOR® Tricia Tialdo if she saw the slogan “Until they all have homes” on the Belleville Area Humane Society website and decided it was the perfect place for her to volunteer. Tialdo, whose family had … Continue reading →

We’re ready for Capitol Conference. Are you?

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 9:10am
Illinois REALTORS® is set to welcome more than 500 members to Springfield over the next two days who will help commemorate the association’s 100th anniversary and take part in the annual Capitol Conference and Lobby Day. The festivities feature an invitation-only reception … Continue reading →