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Vote for Sen. Forby says Illinois REALTORS®

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 1:03pm
Likely voters in the 59th Illinois Senate District received postcards asking them to vote for incumbent state Sen. Gary Forby in the Nov. 8 general election. The mailing is part of an independent expenditure campaign by the Illinois REALTORS®. Independent … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: First-time buyers help push U.S. home sales higher in September

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 9:35am
National home sales climbed higher in September, thanks in part to an increase in home purchases by first-time home buyers, who saw their share of sales climb to 34 percent last month, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) reported Thursday. … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® urge voters to reelect Sen. Rezin

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 7:24am
Likely voters in the 38th Illinois Senate District received postcards asking them to vote for incumbent State Sen. Sue Rezin in the Nov. 8 general election. The mailing is part of an independent expenditure campaign by the Illinois REALTORS®. Independent … Continue reading →

Scenes from Illinois REALTORS®’ media spokesperson training

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 3:07pm
Today five members from local associations sent representatives to the Illinois REALTORS® headquarters in Springfield for media spokesperson training. Participants practiced answering topical questions in front of bright lights and cameras as they would if they were interviewed by members … Continue reading →

Illinois home prices increase in September; Sales slow slightly

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 7:36am
September brought continued annual gains in Illinois median home prices, while statewide sales declined slightly, according to Illinois REALTORS®. Statewide home sales (including single-family homes and condominiums) in September 2016 totaled 13,940 homes sold, down 0.6 percent from 14,029 in … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® support McCombie by independent expenditure too

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 4:29pm
Likely voters in the 71st Illinois House District received postcards asking them to vote for REALTOR® Tony McCombie in the Nov. 8 general election. The mailing is part of an independent expenditure campaign by the Illinois REALTORS®. Independent expenditure activities … Continue reading →

Opportunity Races: Reelect Weigel and Tuminello to Will County Board

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 1:12pm
The Illinois REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) Trustees urge you to vote for incumbents Tom Weigel and Ray Tuminello for District 12 of the Will County Board on Nov. 8. Weigel and Tuminello have been identified by their local associations … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: NAR identifies top home buyer and seller trends over last 35 years

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 9:34am
The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers marks 35 years this fall and to honor the occasion, NAR took a look at some of the top trends that have shaped the home buying and selling … Continue reading →

Opportunity Races: Vote Haney and reelect REALTOR® Patlak for county positions

Tue, 10/18/2016 - 11:09am
The Illinois REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) Trustees encourage you to vote for Frank Haney for Winnebago County Board Chairman and REALTOR® Dan Patlak for Cook County Board of Review Commissioner, District 1 on Nov. 8. Haney and Patlak have … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: The benefits of walkable neighborhoods

Tue, 10/18/2016 - 9:22am
There are many benefits to making communities more “walkable,” from improving quality of life and building a sense of community to increasing property values. The National Association of REALTORS® Spaces to Places blog post, “50 Reasons Why Everyone Should Want … Continue reading →

GRI Grad CE Helps REALTORS® Steer Clear of Trouble

Mon, 10/17/2016 - 1:27pm
GRI Grads have an opportunity to learn how to steer clear of common violations that might lead to serious problems. Bruce Aydt’s Core A CE session at GRI Grad on November 30 will reveal best practices for avoiding, reducing and managing … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® make plans to celebrate state’s 200th birthday

Mon, 10/17/2016 - 12:00pm
Illinois REALTORS® kicks off the state’s 2018 bicentennial celebration early by committing to play a role in preserving the state’s rich heritage. Members of the 44,000-plus member trade association formed a task force with a goal of having each of … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® expands Consulate General Liaison roster

Mon, 10/17/2016 - 10:14am
A shared curiosity about countries and cultures outside the United States has drawn Plainfield/Aurora REALTOR® Vicky Sampah and Naperville REALTOR® Andy Velkme into the Illinois REALTORS® Consulate General Liaison Program. The program, which is still accepting applications, serves as an … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® Global Working Group gains NAR recognition

Mon, 10/17/2016 - 9:07am
Members of the Illinois REALTORS® Global Working Group have been recognized with a top award for their work in building relationships with foreign consulates in the state. The working group has been honored with the NAR Gold Global Achievement Program Award, and … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Why now could be the right time to list your home

Mon, 10/17/2016 - 7:00am
Need a reason to finally put your home on the market? How about five. Read the article, “5 reasons homeowners should list their homes today,” from Inman for some of the market factors that make now a good time to … Continue reading →

Gambetti: ‘The better the town, the easier it should be to sell houses’

Mon, 10/17/2016 - 6:12am
Ask Pekin REALTOR® Baylee Gambetti about why she’s involved with the Kiwanis Club of Pekin and her answer is straightforward. It also hints why her civic involvement doesn’t stop with the Kiwanis. “I got involved in Kiwanis because I wanted … Continue reading →

Oct. 20 legal webinar to address rules revisions and forms updates

Fri, 10/14/2016 - 10:35am
Make plans now to join the Illinois REALTORS® Legal Webinar at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20, for a discussion of revisions to rules under the License Law, Illinois REALTORS®’ forms updates and other hot topics. This event will be … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Median tenure for homeowners to stay in their homes is nine years

Fri, 10/14/2016 - 9:01am
Research from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) found that the median tenure (or length of time) that a homeowner stays in their home was nine years in 2015, a trend that has been fairly consistent in recent years. What … Continue reading →

Remember Oct. 15 deadline to apply as Illinois REALTORS® ombudsman

Fri, 10/14/2016 - 8:07am
If you would like to join the Illinois REALTORS® Ombudsman Program, please don’t wait any longer! Submit your application by Sat., Oct. 15. Need more information? Take a look at the numbers in our infographic and blog post. Still need convincing? Read … Continue reading →

Benedictine names business school after Inland’s Goodwin

Thu, 10/13/2016 - 3:45pm
Benedictine University in Lisle has named its business school after Illinois REALTOR® Dan Goodwin. Goodwin, chairman and CEO of Oak Brook-based The Inland Real Estate Group of Companies Inc., serves as vice chair of the university’s board of trustees. In … Continue reading →