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Illinois REALTORS® launch ‘Homes for Heroes’ with Crest Hill support

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 4:56pm
REALTORS® from Village Realty Shoppe celebrated the launch of the “Homes for Heroes” program in Crest Hill with a media and veterans outreach event last Tuesday. The program offers discounted real estate services to active military, veterans, teachers and first … Continue reading →

FHFA offers last chance webinar on how HARP can save homeowners money

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 12:38pm
Mark your calendars and be sure to register for a May 24 webinar from the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) on the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP). The two-hour webinar will help homeowners learn more about how the program can … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: REALTORS® partner with ‘Modern Family’ to promote REALTOR® brand

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 12:03pm
Last night’s episode of “Modern Family” featured everyone’s favorite TV REALTOR® Phil Dunphy showcasing the market expertise and knowledge that comes from being a REALTOR® member and not just a real estate agent. In today’s article, ‘Modern Family’ Teams Up with … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® named to Springfield’s Good as Gold Business Honor Roll

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 3:57pm
The Illinois REALTORS® received accolades at the eighth annual Springfield Good as Gold Volunteer Award Ceremony, at the University of Illinois-Springfield’s Sangamon Auditorium. Our association was one of 22 organizations that made the Good as Gold Business Honor Roll, and … Continue reading →

Inman On the Road speakers announced; use member benefit to attend for free

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 10:37am
A number of Illinois real estate professionals and REALTORS® will be among featured speakers at Inman Connect on the Road’s event in Chicago May 25.  Names announced by Inman Connect include:  Rebecca Jensen, CEO of MRED.  REALTOR® Thaddeus Wong with … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: NAR survey offers insights into military homebuyers

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 10:19am
Did you know that active-military homebuyers under the age of 35 buy homes at a higher rate than their civilian counterparts of the same age. They are also more likely to buy a larger first home and use a REALTOR® … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® a sponsor for Springfield architectural tour

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 8:34am
Springfield has a lot of rich history, especially with its Lincoln connections. But there’s more than Lincoln to the city’s downtown, and a Thursday tour sponsored by Downtown Springfield Inc. and Illinois REALTORS® highlights the city’s architecture. Called the Upper Story … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Millennial homebuyers and credit hurdles

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 10:53am
More Millennial consumers may be ready to move into homeownership, but tight credit continues to be a barrier for many, CNBC reports in “Millennials are moving, but mortgages don’t follow.” In other headlines: Gen X Home Ownership on the Rise … Continue reading →

Fate of disputed earnest money among topics covered in May DR Legal News

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 5:10pm
Six legal case studies, recent disciplinary actions by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) and an explanation of how the Unclaimed Property Act affects earnest money when transactions don’t close are just a few of the topics … Continue reading →

Three Rivers REALTORS® help Joliet residents with Housing Expo

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 4:48pm
In April, the Three Rivers Association of REALTORS® partnered with the City of Joliet and the Will County Center for Economic Development to conduct the City of Joliet Housing Expo. The event drew about 250 consumers and 40 vendors/community partners … Continue reading →

Oldenettel named to two state real estate panels

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 10:14am
Illinois REALTOR® Michael Oldenettel, CRS, GRI has been named to two real estate-governance panels, according to letters filed by Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office. Oldenettel, who served as Illinois REALTORS® president in 2013, was appointed to the Illinois Real Estate Administration … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: More homeowners expected to tackle bigger remodeling projects this year

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 10:13am
2016 could be a strong year for larger remodeling projects, according to a  new survey from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Larger projects, such as whole house remodels and room additions, are expected to climb in 2016 to … Continue reading →

Up next: Managing Broker renewal

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 10:01am
Managing Broker licensees must successfully complete 24 hours of continuing education before April 30, 2017. Look for live classes and webinars for the BMCE course work at the end of 2016. www.illinoisrealtors.org/education 3 hours Core A 3 hours Core B 6 … Continue reading →

What Happens After the April 30 Broker License Renewal?

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 9:34am
Here’s a Q&A to share with your brokers, prepared by Carrie Elliot, Education Manager for the Illinois REALTORS® Licensing and Training Center. Can I still practice real estate as a Broker after April 30, 2016 if I have not completed all … Continue reading →

Zahn gives so girls learn their ‘voices count’

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 7:00am
When Angie Zahn began her search for local Girl Scout troop information in 1987, she embarked on a journey that continues to this day. Zahn discovered there wasn’t a troop leader in Trenton for her daughter and second-grade classmates, she … Continue reading →

What’s next for brokers who missed the license renewal deadline?

Sun, 05/01/2016 - 12:01am
Illinois brokers who failed to renew their real estate licenses, complete their renewal applications and pay their fees to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) by April 30 must contact IDFPR for direction. They cannot practice selling … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® participate in NAREB regional member and Community Day events

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 5:13pm
The Illinois REALTORS® supported the Dearborn Realtist Chapter of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB) at its 69th Annual Mid-Winter Regional Conference in Chicago last week. The three-day conference ended with a Community Expo titled, “Community Wealth Building … Continue reading →

Report: Cash buyers make up 36 percent of home sales in Chicagoland

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 2:08pm
Chicago-area buyers paid cash for homes more than a third of the time, and the data released this week shows they paid 39 percent less per square foot during the first quarter of the year. The findings are part of … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: NAR infographic takes closer look at housing market

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 11:19am
Read and share a new infographic from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), which takes a closer look at the U.S. housing market in March. A few takeaways: existing-home sales were up, pending home sales looked promising and properties averaged … Continue reading →

Deadline questions about broker renewal? Help Desk is open Saturday for questions

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 10:31am
Illinois REALTORS®’ Licensing and Training Center will have special Saturday hours to help Illinois brokers working to meet the April 30 deadline to renew their licenses. The Licensing and Training Center will staff its help desk from 9 a.m. to 2 … Continue reading →