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You May be Halfway to the GRI Designation

Mon, 08/01/2016 - 3:10pm
The new Graduate, REALTOR® Institute program launched August 1, 2016. View the online curriculum and you may discover that you have already completed half the requirements needed to earn the GRI Designation. If you have completed your broker post-license studies … Continue reading →

Three Rivers REALTORS® help grow local farmers’ market

Mon, 08/01/2016 - 1:30pm
The Three Rivers Association of REALTORS® used an NAR Placemaking Grant to help ensure a successful inaugural farmers’ market in Coal City. The $1,200 micro grant covered the costs of professional tents which housed the vendors for the market. Five … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: President Obama signs condo financing bill into law

Mon, 08/01/2016 - 10:59am
Good news for consumers! President Obama has signed H.R. 3700, the REALTOR®-supported legislation that will reform FHA restrictions on condo financing, among other provisions. Watch a video from National Association of REALTORS® President Tom Salomone thanking REALTORS® for all their … Continue reading →

Lawrence answers the call for this non-profit

Mon, 08/01/2016 - 8:00am
Even after seven years of volunteering for Opportunity Knocks, the passion to serve the young adults assisted by the non-profit organization still burns hot for Oak Park REALTOR® John Lawrence. The former middle school special education teacher/basketball coach has supported … Continue reading →

Nothing can deter Illinois REALTORS® from focus on property rights

Sat, 07/30/2016 - 8:30am
Illinois REALTORS® will continue relationship building with lawmakers and candidates for local and state elections following the end of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) Thursday night. The delegations sent to the DNC and the Republican National Convention the week before are … Continue reading →

Register today for CCIM’s Global CRE Investment Bootcamp

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 4:32pm
Illinois REALTORS® who want to help international commercial investors find the right properties should register now for the Global CRE Investment Bootcamp offered by CCIM Oct. 6 and 7 in Chicago. The two-day workshop will teach you how to: Qualify … Continue reading →

REALTORS®, history and politics blend at DNC in Philadelphia

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 12:31pm
Illinois REALTORS® have been attending special events with lawmakers, party leaders and staff members this week at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, just as they did last week at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. With meetings and receptions … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: NAR sees a jump in new commercial real estate members

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 11:24am
The number of new commercial REALTORS® is growing, particularly among agents with less than two years of commercial real estate experience — a demographic that has nearly doubled to 9 percent, according to the 2016 National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) … Continue reading →

Only four more days until the Illinois leasing agent license renewal deadline

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 1:02pm
  The license renewal deadline for Illinois leasing agents is July 31. The Illinois REALTORS® Licensing & Training Center has the information you need to know about continuing education requirements, the steps for the renewal process and more. Learn more at http://www.illinoisrealtor.org/leasingagentrenewal. … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Mortgage interest rates experience slight uptick, remain low overall

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 9:48am
Freddie Mac reports today that fixed mortgage rates climbed slightly higher this week to 3.48 percent for a 30-year fixed, but continue to hover near historic lows. The 15-year fixed rate averaged 2.78 percent. Read Freddie Mac’s news release. “The … Continue reading →

Congressman Bill Foster to host Aug. 4 discussion on FHA appraisals

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 3:09pm
Illinois REALTORS® are encouraged to attend an Aug. 4 discussion with Congressman Bill Foster on the topic of Federal Housing Administration (FHA) appraisals and mortgage insurance. Register now to attend this free event at 10 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 4 at … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: U.S. pending home sales up slightly in June

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 10:20am
The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) reports today that its Pending Home Sales Index, which tracks contract signings, moved marginally higher in June with a 0.2 percent increase compared to the month before. Tight housing inventory and rising prices are … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Consumers maintain their confidence

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 11:25am
A comparison of what Americans bought and watched thus far in July has nearly stayed the same as last month, reported Housing Wire today. The story, titled “Consumers’ optimism holds steady in July,” quoted the Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index … Continue reading →

Day 2 at the DNC: State delegation meets in Philadelphia

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 9:51am
PHILADELPHIA –Illinois REALTORS® delegation to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia attended a reception Monday night and the state breakfast this morning. The association sends REALTORS® to both conventions as a matter of policy each presidential election cycle. Last week many of … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Chicago makes list of top cities for real estate investors

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 10:43am
Thinking about investing in real estate? Then Chicago would be a good bet since it ranked as the No. 4 U.S. metro when it comes to first-year home price appreciation for those who will be looking to sell later, according … Continue reading →

IHDA to reopen foreclosure prevention program

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 10:08am
Starting Aug. 1, homeowners who have experienced at least a 15 percent drop in income through no fault of their own and need help paying their mortgage can apply for federal assistance from the Hardest Hit Fund Program. According to … Continue reading →

Round two: Illinois REALTORS® head to Philadelphia for the DNC

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 9:48am
Illinois REALTORS® are in Philadelphia today for the opening hours of the Democratic National Convention and the association is sponsoring a reception tonight for the state’s political delegation. The visit to Philadelphia comes after association members played a role in … Continue reading →

Search helps Patterson choose her own charitable path

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 8:00am
In 2003, Alisa Patterson needed a job with a flexible schedule so she could help care for her young children and her cancer-stricken father. Not only did that search get her started in real estate, but it enabled her to … Continue reading →

Housing policy, advocacy take REALTORS® to Cleveland and DC during past week

Sat, 07/23/2016 - 10:17am
Finding safe and comfortable housing for the homeless should come before tackling job training, drug addiction, mental health and other related issues, said Matthew Doherty, the Executive Director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness. His comments came as part of the … Continue reading →

July marks beginning of Census Bureau changes advocated by Silvano, AREAA

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 11:00am
Thanks to the actions of Chicago REALTOR® Vicky Silvano and colleagues from the Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA), this is the first month the United States Census Bureau will collect distinct data on Asian American and Pacific Islanders … Continue reading →