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Morning Minute: 2017 to bring higher conforming mortgage limits

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 10:14am
For the first time since 2006, conforming mortgage limits are headed higher with the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s decision to increase the limit from $417,000 to $424,100 in most parts of the country, the National Association of REALTORS® reports. Read … Continue reading →

Study: Tax burden on Illinois side of river not as severe as many think

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 9:45am
Two local REALTOR associations in southern Illinois say the results of an economic impact study show that the Land of Lincoln is still very competitive as a place to live and work. The study, which was commissioned on behalf of … Continue reading →

REALTOR® Short looks out for Logan County dogs

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 7:00am
Logan County REALTOR® Brenda Short has a soft spot in her heart for dogs. The managing broker for Brady Realtors in Lincoln and Clinton has been volunteering at the Logan County Humane Society for more than five years, and has … Continue reading →

Try NSBAR Tech Guide for unique holiday gift ideas

Fri, 11/25/2016 - 6:00am
For the third straight year, the North Shore Barrington Association of REALTORS® (NSBAR) is offering members a convenient online collection of holiday gift ideas through its Tech Guide. And other Illinois REALTORS® and family members can take advantage, too. “We … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® offices to close Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving holiday

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 3:00pm
The Illinois REALTORS®’ office — including the Legal Hotline and Transaction Helpline — will be closed Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday. The office will reopen on Monday, Nov. 28. The association staff wishes you a safe and happy weekend! … Continue reading →

REALTORS® Save in Members’ Gift Galleria

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 2:47pm
    Ready for holiday shopping? Don’t stand in line…go online! The REALTOR® Benefits Program is offering NAR members exclusive pricing and free shipping on Apple iPads, iPhones, Watches, MacBooks, iMac’s, Apple TV, accessories and more through the Members’ Gift Galleria! Visit … Continue reading →

Local associations, share holiday community involvement stories like QCARA!

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 12:36pm
The Quad City Area REALTOR® Association (QCARA) has participated in two holiday projects so far, making contributions to the Quad City Toys for Tots Marines and Salvation Army in Davenport, Iowa. Toys for Tots For several months, 13 different brokerages … Continue reading →

Illinois home prices show solid gains in October; Sales decline

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 9:26am
A drop in the number of homes on the market and a typical seasonal slowdown helped drive Illinois home sales lower in October even as median home prices continued to post solid annual gains, according to Illinois REALTORS®. Statewide home … Continue reading →

State Capitol Report summarizes week one of annual fall session

Mon, 11/21/2016 - 2:40pm
Illinois REALTORS® oppose a change to the Residential Real Property Disclosure Act (Senate Bill 168) and support the extension of the Affordable Housing Tax Credit (Senate Bill 2921) to Dec. 31, 2021, according to the latest State Capitol Report (login required). … Continue reading →

Top producers to share their strategies at GRI Grad Nov. 30-Dec. 1

Mon, 11/21/2016 - 9:08am
Hear how these GRI Grad top producers made it to where they are today, and what they’ve learned that could help you become a top producer! This event is only open to GRI Grads.   The GRI Grad Top Producer … Continue reading →

Two REALTORS® use college connection to help kids at elementary school

Mon, 11/21/2016 - 7:30am
On Dec. 10, Illinois REALTORS® Sara McCarthy and Julie Dorger will officially extend their streak to nine. On that day, they will play leading roles in the events surrounding McCutcheon Elementary School’s ninth annual holiday party/coat and boot drive. Located in … Continue reading →

New infographic: Priorities affected by where seniors live

Fri, 11/18/2016 - 1:30pm
Proximity to family and medical care, downsizing and preferences for certain housing attributes are key to seniors as they age, according to a survey of Illinoisans age 55 and older, but their priorities may depend on where they live. Many … Continue reading →

Fillable Illinois REALTORS® forms now available through MRED

Fri, 11/18/2016 - 11:36am
It’s getting easier to get access to Illinois REALTORS® forms. Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED), LLC, now has all Illinois REALTORS® forms available online for members to access. Just go to the MRED website, and you’ll find a list of … Continue reading →

Village repeals ordinance requiring resale inspections

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 2:52pm
Illinois REALTORS® celebrated a victory for residential property owners in the village of Indian Head Park in southwestern Cook County when the village board approved the elimination of resale property inspections last week. Effective Nov. 11, the vote reinstates the … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® meet with Ecuadorian Consulate General

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 12:56pm
Another successful meeting made possible by the Illinois REALTORS® Consulate General Liaison program! The meeting with Carlos Lenin Housse Dávalos, Consulate General of the Republic of Ecuador was led by the Illinois REALTORS® liaison, Betty Milam, broker with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services/Koenig … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: NAR looks at the impact of higher mortgage rates and affordability

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 10:48am
Mortgage rates have moved higher following the election and if the trend continues, what will it mean for potential homebuyers and housing affordability? Buyers in areas of the country with higher home prices or those puting down smaller down payments … Continue reading →

They’re back, and so are we: Lawmakers return for veto session

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 10:37am
Illinois REALTORS® lobbyists are closely monitoring the veto session in Springfield this week, looking for any action by the General Assembly that could hurt our members or their clients. The legislative session begins today as the state grapples with growing … Continue reading →

Train to Lead – Leadership Development accepting applications

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 11:17am
Are you and active participant in your local association? Are you interested in developing your leadership skills and motivated to learn? Apply to participate in the Illinois REALTORS® Leadership Development program by December 2, 2016. The Illinois REALTORS® Leadership Development … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: NAR’s Yun outlines 10 ways Trump could impact the real estate market

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 11:00am
In his most recent Forbes column, “How Trump’s Presidency Could Impact Real Estate,” National Association of REALTORS® Chief Economist Lawrence Yun breaks down how the Trump presidential administration could shape regulations, taxes, mortgage underwriting and other issues that will affect … Continue reading →

GRI Grad registration ends Nov. 23

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 9:55am
GRI Graduates have until November 23 to register for the Grad course in East Peoria November 30-December 1. Only GRI Grads have access to this exclusive course content and networking. The program includes the opportunity to earn 3 hours of … Continue reading →