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Changes to National Flood Insurance Program need serious consideration says REALTOR®

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 2:25pm
With the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) scheduled to expire on Sept. 30, the Illinois REALTORS® and about 42,000 Illinois homeowners who live in a flood plain are watching closely to see what action Congress takes in the meantime. Several … Continue reading →

12 questions to test your knowledge about multiple offers

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 4:29pm
In the July issue of Illinois REALTOR®, Director of Legal Services Betsy Urbance provides 12 questions about multiple offers that can refresh the memories of REALTORS® whether they’re representing buyers or sellers. Go to page 14 for the quiz. Readers … Continue reading →

Affected by N. Illinois flooding? IRRF is offering financial help

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 11:57am
The Illinois REALTORS® Relief Foundation (IRRF) is accepting applications from northern Illinois property owners who have been affected by the recent historic flooding. IRRF is Illinois REALTORS® charitable arm which focuses on helping those affected by disasters, and has provided … Continue reading →

12 days left for REALTORS® to enter Conference & Expo contest

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 10:58am
REALTORS® who answer seven trivia questions correctly by July 31 in the “How Well Do You Know Chicago Cuisine?” contest could win a $100 Lettuce Entertain You gift card to use at the REALTOR® Conference and Expo in November. To … Continue reading →

McDonald will wrap up Spotlight Series at REALTORS® Conference and Expo

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 11:30am
Marketing and advertising expert and author Kelly McDonald will speak Monday, Nov. 6 during the REALTORS® Conference & Expo in Chicago. Register today to see her presentation. McDonald will be the fourth of four entrepreneurs outside the real estate industry … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: NAR fights to keep net neutrality for agents and brokers

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 10:16am
The National Association of REALTORS® has joined a group of businesses in opposing a proposed change to the way the Internet is governed and has warned the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) the change could cause unequal access to content. Monday is … Continue reading →

Chicago Agent’s Who’s Who lists Illinois REALTORS®

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 8:59am
From Mack Alsaidi to Deena Zimmerman, Chicago Agent has its annual list of some of the best in the real estate business as part of the publication’s 2017 Who’s Who. Included in the feature is Illinois REALTORS® leadership team, made … Continue reading →

Is your corporate license in danger of becoming inoperative?

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 8:50am
More than 450 real estate businesses have lapses in their corporate licenses, according to IDFPR. These licenses are currently in “non-renewed” status, and if they are not restored by July 31, they will become listed as “inoperative.” Inoperative status means a firm … Continue reading →

Levitt third Spotlight Series speaker at REALTOR® Conference and Expo

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 11:30am
Economist, author and University of Chicago professor Steven Levitt will share ideas REALTORS® can use to enhance their businesses at the REALTOR® Conference & Expo in Chicago on Sunday, Nov. 5. Register today. Levitt is the third of four entrepreneurs … Continue reading →

Earn the SRS Designation August 17 & 18

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 9:21am
Illinois REALTORS® will offer the SRS designation course on August 17 & 18 at Three Rivers Association of REALTORS® in Joliet. Register Now! The SRS designation elevates professional standards, enhances individual performance, and recognizes real estate professionals who demonstrate the knowledge and … Continue reading →

REALTORS® put themselves in clients’ shoes when they visit Lake County government offices

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 3:39pm
Lake County REALTORS® braved unprecedented flooding and closed roads to attend a special, REALTOR®-only real estate related walking tour of Lake County government offices Monday. REALTORS® met with Recorder of Deeds Mary Ellen Vanderventer to learn more about the recording … Continue reading →

Elected officials joined REALTORS® in tribute to Goodwin

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 2:10pm
REALTOR® Daniel L. Goodwin, Chairman and CEO of Inland Real Estate Group of Companies, Inc. is featured in the July edition of Illinois REALTOR® as the first recipient of the state association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Goodwin received the award in … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: More millennials living at home because of student debt

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 11:45am
Thursday the New York Federal Reserve reported that rising costs of college education are leaving more millennials with large student debts, causing more to return home to live with their parents and allowing fewer to save money for their first … Continue reading →

Rogers No. 2 in Spotlight Series at REALTORS® Conference & Expo

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 11:01am
Desirée Rogers, business leader, Chairman of the Chicago Tourism Bureau, and former Special Assistant and White House Social Secretary for President Barack Obama, will speak on Saturday, Nov. 4, during the REALTORS® Conference & Expo in Chicago. Rogers is the … Continue reading →

Two honored posthumously for service to Illinois REALTOR® organizations

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 3:24pm
Two REALTOR® association executives were posthumously honored for their service to members with a top award for leadership. Margery Shinners, who was CEO of the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®, and Deb Borgwald, who was association executive with the Danville Area Board of REALTORS®, were … Continue reading →

Survey: 84 percent of Americans think homeownership is good financial decision

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 3:21pm
The National Association of REALTORS® released the results of its 2017 Housing Pulse Survey Wednesday, and the majority of Americans surveyed believe buying a home is a good financial decision, helping to create safe, secure and stable environments. Specific findings … Continue reading →

Report: Housing market disadvantaged as millennials leave state

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 1:30pm
The Illinois Policy Institute believes that if Illinois’ millennials would stop leaving the state, they could play a key role in the recovery of the housing market there. Among the points made in the article, “Millennials could be key to … Continue reading →

Learn how one Chicago REALTOR® rebounded from failures

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 11:08am
On one summer night during her rookie year, Chicago REALTOR® Melanie Stone lost three transactions. Though it shook her confidence, she rebounded and eventually won the Coldwell Banker Rookie of the Year award for her sales volume. Read her account … Continue reading →

Meyer to kick off Spotlight Series at REALTORS® Conference & Expo

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 4:49pm
American author and international business expert Erin Meyer will share ideas REALTORS® can use to grow their own businesses on Friday, Nov. 3, during the REALTORS® Conference & Expo in Chicago. Meyer is the first of four successful entrepreneurs outside … Continue reading →

Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies says poverty also increasing outside most major cities

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 11:39am
The latest research by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS) shows the number of people living in poverty in the U.S. is rising, and that in the 100 largest metro areas, the growth is highest in suburban neighborhoods … Continue reading →