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Morning Minute: Trump tax reform proposal offers mixed bag for real estate

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 10:04am
According to an Inman Select article, the Trump Administration’s tax proposal offers some good and some bad news for property owners and the real estate profession, although information so far seems vague and lacks details. On the good news side, … Continue reading →

Last day to submit applications for 3 REEF scholarships

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 12:30pm
REALTORS® applying for the Past President’s Scholarship, the Roxanne Malo Scholarship and the Margery D. Shinners Scholarship should submit their applications, letters of recommendation and any other materials so they arrive in by Oct. 1. Send your scholarship materials to: … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTOR®: Overcoming obstacles to homeownership

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 11:13am
In the cover story of October Illinois REALTOR®, six REALTORS® share strategies they’ve used to help clients overcome obstacles like credit rating problems, unfavorable debt ratios and the discouragement of losing multiple offer situations. Kevin Kwit, Erica Villegas, Tracey B. … Continue reading →

Happy Association Executive Appreciation Day!

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 9:35am
Illinois REALTORS® thanks CEO Gary Clayton, CAE, RCE, for his tireless service and leadership on AE Appreciation Day, and encourages REALTORS® throughout the state to recognize their local association association executives, too. In this photo, Clayton is accepting congratulations from President … Continue reading →

How will tax reforms affect homeowners and real estate industry?

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 8:35pm
REALTORS® trying to understand how the Republicans’ proposal for comprehensive tax reform will affect the real estate industry should consider some of the comments made by National Association of REALTORS® President William Brown. “We have always said that tax reform—a … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® partnered with Three Rivers last week in Joliet to offer PSA designation course, ‘Pricing Strategies: Mastering the CMA’

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 2:56pm
Illinois REALTORS® partnered with Three Rivers Association of REALTORS® in Joliet last week to offer the PSA designation course, “Pricing Strategies: Mastering the CMA.” Lynn Madison taught a class of 46 how to become proficient at comparative market analyses (CMAs), … Continue reading →

NAR Facebook Live video offers REALTORS® tips to prevent cyber crime

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 12:31pm
Small to mid-size companies can be devastated by damage to their business from wire fraud, data breaches, ransomware and other cyber crime, and that’s why National Association of REALTORS® is providing members with a recorded version of the Facebook Live … Continue reading →

Barricades go up; visible sign of progress on Bicentennial Plaza

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 11:56am
One of the first visible public signs that work was beginning on a plaza adjoining Illinois REALTORS® Springfield headquarters took place Thursday with the installation of construction barricades. The fencing is hardly the first step in the process to build Bicentennial … Continue reading →

Attention Chicago-area REALTORS®: October luncheon offers financing information that could help your clients!

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 11:26am
Space is limited so make your reservation now for the free Oct. 11 lunch program titled, “Increase Your Business: How to create opportunities out of potential challenges facing the real estate industry today.” Special guests will include Cook County Commissioner … Continue reading →

Illinois combines heart and history at REALTORS® Conference & Expo

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 9:55am
Illinois REALTORS® planning to attend the REALTOR® Conference & Expo in Chicago can get a free pass to the Expo and take a selfie with Abraham Lincoln at the McCormick Place Convention Center, West Building on Nov. 4. To get … Continue reading →

Hurricane update: ‘Everyone in Puerto Rico has been affected in some way’

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 3:42pm
The Puerto Rican real estate community will help deliver emergency supplies to victims of Hurricane Maria after most of the 3 million inhabitants have lost access to electricity, clean water and adequate shelter, the executive director of the Puerto Rico … Continue reading →

Still time to register for Wednesday’s NAR Safety Webinar

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 12:21pm
Sign up now for “Stay safe by building better business relationships,” the hour-long National Association of REALTORS® Safety Webinar scheduled to begin 1 p.m. Central Daylight Saving Time Wednesday. Register here. Join Tamara Suminski, Broker-Owner, Beach Real Estate Group and NAR … Continue reading →

DR Legal News provides 5 reasons to like changes to the Real Estate License Act

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 2:59pm
Illinois REALTORS® advocated and achieved five changes to the Illinois Real Estate License Act during the 2017 Legislative Session. Read about this and more in the September DR Legal News. The statutory changes take effect Jan. 1, 2018. Stay tuned … Continue reading →

Saturday last day for students to enter bicentennial video contest and win Hamilton tickets

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 12:30pm
Illinois college and high school students (ages 14 and older) can win one of 100 pairs of Hamilton tickets by entering the Illinois Bicentennial “Something to Learn About Illinois History” video contest by Sept. 30. Entrants must create and submit … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® donates $50,000 to help with Florida hurricane recovery efforts

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 10:08am
Illinois REALTORS® is contributing $50,000 to victims who sustained property damage during Hurricane Irma. The money will go to the association’s sister organization, Florida REALTORS®, which will be in charge of distributing the funds.   This is the second sizeable … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® help economic development effort for the state

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 7:30am
Illinois REALTORS® President Doug Carpenter, CEO Gary Clayton and Liaison to Japanese Consulate Ayumi Deloney were invited by Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner to participate and represent the real estate industry in Japan earlier this month. The trip, the governor’s first international … Continue reading →

REALTORS® travel to Texas to help hurricane victims in Houston area

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 2:00pm
“You walked inside a home and the smell of mold just hit you,” said Illinois REALTOR® Tommy Choi as he described his volunteer work near Houston last week. A co-owner of Keller Williams Chicago — Lincoln Park, Choi joined thousands … Continue reading →

October issue of Illinois REALTOR® is on the way

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 1:08pm
Watch your mailbox in the coming days for the October 2017 issue of Illinois REALTOR® magazine. Stories include: 8 Ways REALTORS® Can Overcome Obstacles to Homeownership in Illinois, Connecting with Gen X Clients: Giving Attention to the ‘Middle Child,’ Champaign … Continue reading →

Enjoy these photos of Oak Park Area Association of REALTORS®’ installation ceremony

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 11:24am
On Sept. 12, the Oak Park Area Association of REALTORS® celebrated its 100th anniversary at its annual installation ceremony at the 100th Century Club in Oak Park. The Oak Park Real Estate Board was established on July 24, 1917. The … Continue reading →

Order tickets by Oct. 6 for NAR Inaugural Gala, unique tours and attractions

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 10:28am
If you’re planning to attend the REALTOR® Conference & Expo in Chicago Nov. 3-6 and plan to attend the Inaugural Gala, participate in a guided tour or visit a special attraction, you’ll want to order tickets online by Oct. 6. … Continue reading →