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12 REALTOR®-backed candidates pick up victories Tuesday

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 3:21pm
The unofficial results from Tuesday’s Illinois Consolidated Elections showed 12 victorious candidates out of 19 backed by Illinois REALTORS®’ independent expenditures. The victorious candidates include: Paul S. Braun, Flossmoor Mayor, Kevin R. Burns, Geneva Mayor, Kevin Michael Coyne, Naperville City … Continue reading →

Like to see your property on future episode of ‘Chicago PD?’

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 12:09pm
Illinois REALTORS® can help one of their listings get a starring role by listing properties in a state database used by location scouts for TV, commercial advertising and movie productions. Read about it in the story titled “Lights. Camera. REALTOR®” in … Continue reading →

Home Rule ballot initiatives targeted by REALTORS® fail by large margins

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 8:06am
Five Illinois municipalities which sought Home Rule status through a ballot initiative on Tuesday saw the measures lose by huge margins. Illinois REALTORS® and its consumer advocacy partner Real Property Alliance both worked in the municipalities to defeat the measures. Communities under … Continue reading →

State Capitol Report includes appeal to REALTORS® for input on title insurance

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 11:56am
Last week, lobbyists for the Illinois REALTORS® were actively engaged in various Committees as the General Assembly continued work on measures pending this spring session. This Monday’s Illinois State Capitol Report (member login required), highlights key issues including legislation SUPPORTED by … Continue reading →

Capitol Conference early bird deadline expires at midnight tonight!

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 9:30am
Register by midnight tonight for the Illinois REALTORS® Capitol Conference “REALTOR Lobby Day” April 25, 2017 in Springfield, IL.  Early bird registrants pay just $45. Seating is limited, so ask your local association to register now. If your local association … Continue reading →

Don’t forget to vote today!

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 5:00am
REALTORS® are making their voices heard across the state today as they vote in Illinois consolidated elections. Polls are scheduled to open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Make sure you know where to vote and who the … Continue reading →

Prominent Illinois REALTOR participates in important discussion

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 6:34pm
Inland Real Estate Chairman Daniel L. Goodwin facilitated a discussion last week with Illinois Senate President John Cullerton. The discussion took place at the 10th Annual Governmental Forum hosted by Elmhurst College and sponsored by Illinois REALTORS®. Mr. Goodwin asked a … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® engage local partners in global business

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 5:29pm
Several REALTOR® partner groups gathered last week in the Chicago area to learn more about serving the real estate needs of international customers. On Thursday, the Illinois REALTORS® sponsored the Chicago Association of REALTORS® (CAR) Global Council event, “CANADA: What You … Continue reading →

Leigh Brown gets real at Conference & Expo

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 10:20am
Are you ready for some refreshing honesty? Leigh Brown calls it like she sees it and has audiences rolling in the aisles. She dares to tell the truth about some of the craziest (and funniest) aspects of real estate. An … Continue reading →

Make your voice heard in local elections tomorrow: vote!

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 9:28am
Illinois REALTORS® can vote for local candidates who support private property rights and lower taxes and encourage local business growth, and they can help defeat Home Rule bids in four communities in consolidated elections Tuesday. For a list of candidates … Continue reading →

Don’t let time run out for Managing Broker Renewal

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 9:00am
Illinois’ Managing Brokers can choose from two Illinois REALTORS® BMCE webinars to get the credits needed for April 30 license renewal deadline. Both course options are led by engaging, veteran instructors and allow participants to earn BMCE credit from the privacy … Continue reading →

April is Fair Housing Month

Sat, 04/01/2017 - 7:30am
The Fair Housing Act marks 49 years in 2017 and April is Fair Housing Month. To commemorate the event and the ongoing commitment of REALTORS® to uphold fair housing law and offer equal professional service, the National Association of REALTORS® … Continue reading →

April issue: Home buyers need to know about financing programs like these

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 1:00pm
Don’t let potential home buyers give up on the idea of obtaining a new home because they don’t think they have enough for the down payment. An article on page 23 of the April Illinois REALTOR®, “7 home financing programs … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® take stand against Home Rule in 4 Illinois communities

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 10:22am
Ads and mailings funded by Illinois REALTORS® explaining the dangers of Home Rule have been used in four communities in the state where voters will cast ballots on April 4. The ads appeared online in Lynwood, Creve Coeur, Ottawa and … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Mortgage rates move lower for second week

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 10:07am
Mortgage rates shifted lower this week with a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage averaging 4.14 percent and a 15-year, fixed-rate mortgage averaging 3.39 percent, according to Freddie Mac. It marks the second consecutive week that rates have trended lower. Read more. In … Continue reading →

Rockford REALTORS® put spotlight on housing issues

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 10:04am
Mayoral candidates in Rockford faced off at a housing forum sponsored in part by the local REALTORS® association. And a homeownership ordinance which seeks to put families in foreclosed houses which was backed by the Rockford Area REALTORS® has gained … Continue reading →

Support these local, pro-REALTOR® candidates April 4

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 3:00pm
When you go to the polls April 4, show your support for local candidates who are proponents of private property rights, lower taxes and encouraging local business growth, just like these 16 candidates who received independent expenditure support from Illinois … Continue reading →

NAR offers help for Illinois tornado victims too

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 1:00pm
Starting immediately, Illinois’ late February-early March tornado victims can apply for up to $1,500 in housing relief assistance from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) REALTOR® Relief Foundation, too. REALTORS® can share this application with tornado victims whose primary residence … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: What’s that smell? Tips for tackling common household odors

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 11:04am
You want prospective home buyers to notice your beautifully restored hardwood floors or the gleaming stainless steel appliances in your kitchen, not a musty basement or your cat’s litter box. Realtor.com’s “Ultimate Guide to Funky Home Smells,” can help you … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® shine at National Policy Conference

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 9:05am
The spirit of service is inherent in so many of Illinois REALTORS® members, it often goes unnoticed since most are not looking for accolades, they are looking for progress. However, this week at the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals … Continue reading →