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Morning Minute: Council of Residential Specialists announces new route to CRS designation

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 8:00am
The Council of Residential Specialists (CRS) announced Thursday a new way for REALTORS® and real estate agents to earn a CRS designation, effective Jan. 1, 2018. The CRS board of directors approved a new track that allows agents with 60 … Continue reading →

Participation builds on Call for Action on Flood Control Program; act today

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 8:55am
As of early Monday, nearly 10 percent of Illinois REALTORS® members have responded to a Call for Action urging Congress to renew the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). NAR launched the Call for Action last week to urge lawmakers to … Continue reading →

Learn about Conservation Foundation’s mission at Inland breakfast Sept. 7

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 8:36am
Learn about the mission of The Conservation Foundation, an organization which places land into trust in order to preserve it for public use, at a breakfast meeting next week. Foundation officials will be on hand at the event, which is … Continue reading →

Slate of officers, board members set for Illinois REALTORS®

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 8:16am
The 2017 Illinois REALTORS® Board of Directors will be asked to elect three officers and six board members at the association’s business meetings in October. The following people were slated by the Nominating Committee for 2018: President: Matt Difanis, ABR, … Continue reading →

VIDEO – National Flood Insurance Program Call for Action

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 1:24pm
With the National Flood Insurance Program set to expire September 30, Jon Broadbooks and Neil Malone discuss the importance of this program, and why it’s so critical that REALTORS® answer the call in helping make sure the program is extended. … Continue reading →

Study shows FSBOs get ‘significantly’ less for their homes than traditional agents

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 12:26pm
A study recently released by Collateral Analytics showed that for-sale-by-owners (FSBOs) got “significantly lower” prices for their homes than those sold through real estate agents using multiple listing services, reports REALTOR® Magazine. The study, titled “Saving Real Estate Commissions at … Continue reading →

5 safety tips from NAR to preview REALTOR® Safety Month

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 11:38am
  September is REALTOR® Safety Month and the National Association of REALTORS® offers an assortment of resources that can help newcomers and veterans of the profession stay safe. Here are five safety tips to consider: Let potential buyers walk in … Continue reading →

Illinois trio part of REALTOR® Conference & Expo in November

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 12:00pm
Illinois REALTORS® Dan Wagner, Carrie Little and Marki Lemons-Ryhal will be among the many subject matter experts who give presentations to members at the REALTOR® Conference & Expo in Chicago this November. All three will appear in the McCormick Place … Continue reading →

VIDEO – Illinois REALTORS® Relief Foundation and the 2015 Coal City tornado

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 11:43am
When their home was severely damaged by the 2015 Coal City tornado, Jason and Devan Gagliardo discovered the Illinois REALTORS® Relief Foundation was waiting to help them, and families like them. Established in 2015, the Illinois REALTORS® Relief Foundation can … Continue reading →

Illinois home prices show solid gains in July; Sales decline

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 8:40am
Illinois homes sold faster and for more money in July, but lower housing inventory drove year-over-year sales lower, according to Illinois REALTORS®. Statewide home sales (including single-family homes and condominiums) in July 2017 totaled 15,677 homes sold, down 4.3 percent … Continue reading →

REALTORS® provide $37K to Illinois flood and tornado victims through relief funds

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 3:57pm
The Illinois REALTORS® Relief Fund (IRRF) distributed $17,382.21 to 35 July flood victims and $15,160 to 31 February tornado victims, while the REALTOR® Relief Fund gave $5,294.47 to seven tornado victims, says Illinois REALTORS® Director of Operations Cathy Madaus. IRRF … Continue reading →

Watch for Illinois REALTORS® July housing report tomorrow

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 10:31am
Thursday morning, Illinois REALTORS® will release its July 2017 housing report, with data breakdowns for the state of Illinois, city of Chicago and the nine-county Chicago Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area (PMSA). Also included will be a housing market forecast by … Continue reading →

Solar eclipse Monday captures attention in Southern Illinois

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 3:01pm
Volunteers representing the Egyptian Board of REALTORS® in southern Illinois got a front row seat for the 2017 solar eclipse when they volunteered to help with parking and water distribution at Bald Knob Mountain, south of Carbondale along the path … Continue reading →

REALTOR® participation key in flood program Call for Action

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 12:01pm
Help consumers in 22,000 communities nationwide have continued access to flood insurance by taking part in an NAR Call for Action which debuts today.   NAR is asking its members to ask their federal lawmakers to make sure the National Flood Insurance … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® enjoy the solar eclipse of 2017

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 2:20pm
The staff at Illinois REALTORS® took some time this afternoon to watch the solar eclipse from the patio at their Springfield office. Click here or on the picture above to see.

Real Estate License Act changes signed into law by governor

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 7:58am
Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed into law an important series of changes to the state’s Real Estate License Act. House Bill 3528, which was backed by Illinois REALTORS®, was unanimously passed by both chambers of the General Assembly earlier this … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® support scholarship fundraiser and networking event

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 2:05pm
This week the Dearborn REALTIST® Board held its annual William G. Grey Scholarship golf outing in Tinley Park with the Illinois REALTORS® as sponsors and participants in the day’s events. Illinois REALTORS® President-Elect Matt Difanis shared his photography talent throughout … Continue reading →

Spotlight Series features 4 entrepreneurs at REALTOR Conference & Expo

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 2:00pm
REALTORS® who attend the presentations of Erin Meyer, Desirée Rogers, Steven Levitt and Kelly McDonald at the REALTOR® Conference & Expo will discover entrepreneurial ideas they can use in building their own businesses. The four comprise the Spotlight Series at … Continue reading →

Morris speaks about anniversary of Fair Housing Act

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 10:31am
This week at the NAR Leadership Summit in Chicago, Zeke Morris spoke about the upcoming 50 year anniversary of the Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 or the Federal Fair Housing Act. The chair of the NAR Event … Continue reading →

Don Ursin, 1981 Illinois REALTORS® president, dies at 84

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 10:18am
Donald J. Ursin, an Illinois REALTORS® president who led the association’s efforts to eliminate the state’s usury laws and who was a fair housing champion, died Monday. He was 84. Ursin was association president in 1981. His tenure came at … Continue reading →