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Illinois REALTORS® urged to support candidates in 22 Opportunity Races

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 1:04pm
RPAC Trustees have used input from local associations to identify REALTOR® Champions in 22 elections and recommend you support these individuals on Tuesday, Nov. 8 in “Opportunity Races.” These candidates are pro-business and pro-private property rights, and they back policies … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Make your home more efficient and save money

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 10:37am
The Freddie Mac blog post, “4 Reasons to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient,” offers reasons that it pays to make your home as energy efficient as possible, including saving money and helping your home’s resale value down the road. … Continue reading →

2 reasons housing issues of older, single women need to be addressed

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 9:26am
The longer life expectancy of Americans and the tendency for women to outlive their male spouses and partners are at least two reasons the housing needs of older, single women should be noted in the coming years says the Harvard Joint … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: More U.S. homeowners regaining equity in homes, CoreLogic reports

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 9:06am
The number of U.S. homeowners who regained positive equity in their homes rose in the second quarter of 2016, according to the latest report from CoreLogic. During that time period, another 548,000 homeowners regained positive equity, bringing the total to … Continue reading →

Eight honored for industry service at CAR installation

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 8:04am
The Chicago Association of REALTORS® honored a number of members and association leaders for service to the industry on Wednesday as part of the installation of 2017 President Matt Silver. Outgoing CAR president Dan Wagner recognized eight who had made a … Continue reading →

Real Property Alliance plans two property tax appeal workshops in north Chicago

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 7:19pm
Real Property Alliance and the Chicago Association of REALTORS® are holding two workshops to help those who want to file a property tax appeal with the Cook County Assessor. The sessions in Lincoln Park will be: 4-7 p.m., Sept. 27, Coldwell … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Don’t make these home renovation blunders

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 9:44am
If you are getting ready to tackle a home improvement project, don’t make renovation mistakes that could end up costing you more money in the long run or make design decisions that you might later regret. A recent Realtor.com blog … Continue reading →

Association reaches REALTOR® Party goal for mobile alert signups

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 7:36am
Illinois REALTORS® reached a significant milestone last week, signing up 4,781 members to receive mobile text alerts on industry issues. The association is one of 16 states that has reached its target so far. NAR set a goal of having 11 … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: U.S. household income making gains

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 9:34am
According to Census data, the median household income for U.S. families rose to $56,500 in 2015, a 5.2 percent increase from the year before, The New York Times reports today in the article, “U.S. Household Income Grew 5.2% in 2015, … Continue reading →

Understanding business, legal benefits of web accessibility for all

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 7:13am
In the September edition of DR Legal News for managing brokers, John Kauerauf of Sorling Northrup Attorneys shares some good reasons for making REALTOR® websites accessible to people with disabilities. In Does the Law Require My Website to be Accessible … Continue reading →

Chiles completes second term as township trustee

Mon, 09/12/2016 - 12:17pm
Former Illinois REALTORS® President Phil Chiles attended his last meeting as a trustee for Capital Township on Monday. Chiles, who won two terms on the Sangamon County township’s board, was presented a plaque for his service. The township’s trustees, among … Continue reading →

Oct. 1 deadline looms for three REEF scholarships

Mon, 09/12/2016 - 10:10am
Illinois REALTORS® applying for three scholarships through the Illinois Real Estate Education Foundation (REEF) must complete their applications and submit them by Oct. 1. The deadline applies to the Dan Bock Scholarship, the Past Presidents Scholarship and the Roxanne Malo … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Park Forest makes list of affordable communities

Mon, 09/12/2016 - 8:29am
The latest Coldwell Banker 2016 Real Estate Home Listing Report breaks down the 10 most expensive housing markets in the U.S. and the 10 most affordable and the Illinois village of Park Forest makes the most affordable list. The report … Continue reading →

Political commentator Paul Green dies; had spoken at policy meetings

Mon, 09/12/2016 - 7:06am
Well-known commentator and political scientist Paul Green died Saturday. He was 73. Green was the keynote speaker a number of times at Illinois REALTORS® Public Policy meetings in Peoria. His talks analyzed the latest political news, weaving in humor and a deep … Continue reading →

Rotary helps Hammon pass on family tradition

Mon, 09/12/2016 - 6:00am
  “Someone told me early on in my real estate career to be sure to give back to the community that gives to you,” says Sycamore REALTOR® Diane Hammon, GRI. “I never forgot that and have made it my mission … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS®, MRED extend member benefit subscription to Inman Select

Fri, 09/09/2016 - 8:43am
  Illinois REALTORS® and MRED are pleased to announce that they have signed an extension to continue to provide real estate professionals throughout Illinois with Inman Select. That means that the more than 44,000 Illinois REALTORS®, many of whom are … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Days on market historically low for today’s home listings

Fri, 09/09/2016 - 8:24am
The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) reports that days on market (or the length of time a home listing is on the market before it is sold) in 2014 and 2015 was down to a median time of four weeks, … Continue reading →

Bilingual skill helps Shang better serve clients, teach others

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 4:02pm
Many years before Michelle Shang became a REALTOR® in 1999, her parents laid the foundation for a valuable skill she uses today. She can communicate in English and Chinese. “I learned Mandarin from my parents as we always spoke Chinese … Continue reading →

Last chance to register for TRID discussion Friday morning in Springfield

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 8:43am
Illinois REALTORS® can learn about the latest developments with TRID by attending the free panel discussion scheduled for 9 a.m. tomorrow at the Capital City Training Center, 130 W. Mason St., in Springfield. REALTORS® who plan to attend can reserve … Continue reading →

Congratulations to chairs, vice chairs of Illinois REALTOR® committees

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 12:30pm
Each year Illinois REALTORS® selects chairs and vice chairs to head the committees that shape the association’s policies and make recommendations to the Board of Directors. This year’s roster is a who’s who of REALTORS® who have volunteered to make sure the association … Continue reading →