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Morning Minute: U.S. economy adds 156,000 jobs in December

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 10:20am
The U.S. economy added 156,000 jobs in December and wages increased 2.9 percent compared to last year, according to a report today from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The New York Times reported on the trend in the article, … Continue reading →

Jensen named an Inman Influencer for 2017

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 4:48pm
Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED) President/Chief Executive Officer Rebecca Jensen is one of 150 individuals named to Inman’s Real Estate Influencers of 2017. Jensen joined MRED as its president and CEO in March 2015. MRED provides multiple listing services to … Continue reading →

Get a mentor and advance your career: business builder #8

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 2:45pm
The professional advice and encouragement of a mentor can help a REALTOR® who’s new to the business succeed, says Heather Oyler, a broker with Keller Williams Premier Realty in Peoria. Oyler, who is also a graduate of the 2016 Illinois … Continue reading →

Heartland members ring bells and collect Toys for Tots

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 2:03pm
The Heartland REALTOR® Organization (HRO) staffed two Salvation Army bell-ringing stations and supported a U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Foundation drive in December. Bell Ringing The Heartland Cares Task Force used 32 members, affiliate members and staff to keep … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Mortgage rates move lower, Freddie Mac reports

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 9:29am
Fixed mortgage rates moved lower this week for the first time in 10 weeks, Freddie Mac reports this morning. The 30-year, fixed rate averaged 4.20 percent, down from 4.32 percent last week. The 15-year, fixed rate averaged 3.44 percent, down … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS®: Members chose 5 online favorites in 2016

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 2:46pm
Illinois REALTORS® members showed their online preferences by the way they used the association’s website, blog and social media in 2016. According to annual data, members most often viewed: the schedule for continuing education webinars, the most downloaded file; forms … Continue reading →

Avoid these 4 social media mistakes: business builder #7

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 12:24pm
REALTORS® can use social media to connect with buyers and sellers, but they need to avoid common mistakes that can turn off potential customers says Katie Lance, social media strategist and CEO of Katie Lance Consulting. In the Illinois REALTOR® … Continue reading →

RAFV helps Salvation Army in Aurora and Elgin

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 2:35pm
Members of the REALTOR® Association of the Fox Valley (RAFV) volunteered to help the Salvation Army for several projects in Elgin and Aurora during November and December. RAFV members helped the Salvation Army distribute food to Elgin and Aurora families … Continue reading →

Become a ‘trusted resource’ for home buyers and sellers: business builder #6

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 12:05pm
Help consumers become potential clients by providing valuable information for them about maintaining or upgrading their homes, and about home buying and selling, says Steve Harvey, founder and chief content creator for Keeping Current Matters. This is the sixth business … Continue reading →

Pippion-McGriff appointed to state real estate board by Gov. Rauner

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 10:11am
Illinois REALTOR® Nykea Pippion-McGriff, of Dream Town Realty in Chicago, was named to the Illinois Real Estate Administration and Disciplinary Board last week, effective Dec. 22. Pippion-McGriff, GRI, ABR, ADPR, BPOR, SFR, is a licensed managing broker. She is a … Continue reading →

Make your mobile office more efficient: business builder tip #5

Mon, 01/02/2017 - 2:30pm
Since REALTORS® spend so much time in their vehicles, they can take steps to make the day more productive, such as using the right technology for their lifestyle, says Sam Powell of Dream Town Realty in Chicago. In the cover … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® office closed Monday

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 2:45pm
The Illinois REALTORS® office in Springfield will be closed Monday, Jan. 2 in observance of New Year’s Day. The office will reopen at 9 a.m. Tuesday. See you next year!

Try ‘cross-industry networking’ for business builder tip #4

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 9:00am
The personal connections of REALTORS® can have a great impact on their success, and so Deena Zimmerman of SVN/Chicago Commercial suggests “cross-industry” networking in the Illinois REALTOR® magazine story “Work Smart! Business hacks to help you kick-start 2017.” “I focus … Continue reading →

NSBAR members help homeless dogs and cats

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 2:00pm
North Shore-Barrington Association of REALTORS® (NSBAR) collected 518 pounds of dog and cat food, as well as more than $2,300 of pet toys, blankets and other items during a holiday food drive for two area animal shelters. All donations were … Continue reading →

Four 12-hour Broker Management CE webinars are available for license renewal

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 11:20am
The 2017 license renewal deadline for Managing Brokers is April 30. If you were licensed prior to February 1, 2015, you will need 24 hours of CE, including a mandatory 12-hour Broker Management CE interactive course. Illinois REALTORS® Licensing & … Continue reading →

Lay groundwork for successful negotiations: business builder tip #3

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 9:00am
To improve how you negotiate with fellow real estate professionals, boost your confidence before you start negotiating. One strategy is to make your negotiating target optimistic but justifiable, says Karel Murray, a real estate trainer, in the story “Work Smart! … Continue reading →

Key tax code fight may be brewing for real estate industry

Wed, 12/28/2016 - 11:10am
The fight to maintain key tax code provisions under a new presidential administration is expected to heat up in 2017, according to a Wall Street Journal article. A plan floated in June by GOP members of the U.S. House may … Continue reading →

PAAR raises $25K for 28 area food pantries

Wed, 12/28/2016 - 10:51am
The Peoria Area Association of REALTORS® (PAAR) sponsored its 30th Annual Turkey Drive this holiday season, raising $25,000 to help individuals and families in the Peoria area to enjoy a meal this holiday season. Monetary donations collected were used to … Continue reading →

Use ‘Facebook Live’: business builder tip #2

Wed, 12/28/2016 - 9:30am
“Make this the year you try Facebook Live,” says Marki Lemons Ryhal, REALTOR® and social media trainer in the cover story of January Illinois REALTOR® magazine. Lemons Ryhal is one of nine individuals who share their ideas for REALTORS® to … Continue reading →

Shaffer shares tips for crafting a successful business plan: business builder tip #1

Tue, 12/27/2016 - 2:10pm
Kickoff the New Year with a bang by following the advice offered by industry experts and fellow REALTORS® in the cover story of the January issue of Illinois REALTOR®.  The paper edition is due to hit mailboxes this week, but … Continue reading →