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Morning Minute: Mortgage interest rates climb to two-year high, Freddie Mac reports

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 11:20am
Home buyers looking to lock in lower mortgage rates may want to make a move now. Freddie Mac reports today that fixed mortgage rates climbed to 4.30 percent for a 30-year-fixed rate and averaged 3.52 percent for a 15 year. … Continue reading →

KIFAR raises more than $5K for charities

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 11:00am
Five charities received donations totaling $5,025 from the Kankakee Iroquois Ford Association of REALTORS® (KIFAR) following the local organization’s Christmas party and charity auction at the Kankakee Country Club this month. About 125 REALTORS®, affiliates and guests attended the event, … Continue reading →

12 reasons why Illinois REALTORS® can love their association

Wed, 12/21/2016 - 12:00pm
For each of the last dozen work days, the Illinois REALTORS® Facebook page has supplied at least one tip, download or resource for use in your business and with your clients. We refer to the series of posts as the … Continue reading →

Greater Gateway helps 2 Boys & Girls Clubs, 8 food pantries

Wed, 12/21/2016 - 10:50am
In December, the Greater Gateway Association of REALTORS® (GGAR) made donations to eight area food pantries and the Boys & Girls Clubs in Bethalto and Alton. At their Christmas Charity Celebration, GGAR members collected toys for families served by the: … Continue reading →

Illinois home sales, prices gain traction in November

Wed, 12/21/2016 - 10:43am
Illinois homes sales regained momentum in November with double-digit increases in annual home sales and continued strong gains in median prices, according to the latest housing report from Illinois REALTORS®. Statewide home sales (including single-family homes and condominiums) in November … Continue reading →

Capital Area REALTORS® gives to several charities

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 3:50pm
The Capital Area REALTORS® collected more than $4,000 in money and toys for donations to the Springfield Art Association’s Edwards Place and the Central Illinois Foodbank’s Kids Café, while providing Christmas gifts to a number of area foster children at … Continue reading →

Managing Broker pre-license webinar Jan. 31 & Feb 1

Mon, 12/19/2016 - 3:10pm
Illinois brokers who are interested in becoming Managing Brokers may register now for the 15-hour webinar: Managing Broker Pre-License Applied Management and Supervision on January 31 and February 1 (9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. both days). Register through WebEx here. … Continue reading →

Hampton chosen as founding member of Real Ambassador program

Mon, 12/19/2016 - 1:32pm
Chicago REALTOR® Maurice Hampton and a dozen other top-producing individuals from around the country recently joined the National Association of REALTORS®’ Real Ambassador program, with an eye on improving the consumer and professional experience on realtor.com. “The Real Ambassador program … Continue reading →

Kurtz finds niche to help others through his business

Mon, 12/19/2016 - 10:40am
As 2015 wound to a close, REALTOR® Ryan Kurtz knew he wanted to find a way to give to others as a result of his success in real estate. So he pledged to give $100 to the charity, Feed My … Continue reading →

Egyptian REALTORS® give $3,250 to help homeless children

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 12:30pm
Members of the Egyptian Board of REALTORS® (EBOR) showed their support last week for the Southern Illinois Coalition for the Homeless by donating $3,250 to help purchase Christmas gifts for children. The gift was the result of a fundraising campaign … Continue reading →

California case discussion just one part of December Legal Webinar

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 11:34am
A November decision by the California Supreme Court purportedly about the law of agency was really a disclosure case related to square footage of a home, according to Legal Hotline Attorney Betsy Urbance and Transaction Helpline Attorney Jeff Baker at … Continue reading →

Celebrate 12 Days of Christmas with Illinois REALTORS®

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 3:26pm
Illinois REALTORS® – take advantage of these member resources to help make your business a success. If you’ve been following our Facebook page, you’ve seen these one day at a time as we count down the 12 Days of Christmas. … Continue reading →

2017 housing infographic highlights higher median prices, sales and more

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 10:45am
Housing prices and sales are predicted to go up statewide in 2017, according to the Illinois REALTORS®. Share the news by using the 2017 Housing Forecast infographic. Titled “Housing prices forecast to increase in 2017,” this infographic summarizes the high … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® can save $100 on Inman Connect NY 2017

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 5:10pm
Register now and plan to attend Inman Connect New York 2017 from Jan. 16-20 at the Marriott Marquis in New York City as connections are forged among the CEOs of top real estate franchises, technology entrepreneurs, marketing executives, top-producing real … Continue reading →

Don’t forget Legal Webinar tomorrow morning

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 3:57pm
Members can login at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 15 for the final Illinois REALTORS® Legal Webinar of 2016, “Recent Case Reviews, Legislation and Year-end Items.” Join Illinois REALTORS® Legal Helpline Attorney Jeff Baker and Legal Hotline Attorney Betsy Urbance for … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® staff donates to help family have brighter holiday

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 2:05pm
For more than 15 years, Illinois REALTORS® employees have pitched in to make sure a needy family has gifts under the tree. This year, the “elves” at the association took donations from staff members, and then went on a shopping spree … Continue reading →

RE/MAX Traders Unlimited in Peoria assists Salvation Army

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 4:42pm
In Peoria last Friday, 15 members of the RE/MAX Traders Unlimited office in Peoria pitched in to help the local Salvation Army collect money during REALTOR® Ring Day. Volunteers took turns during one-hour shifts and rang bells from 8 a.m. … Continue reading →

Ready for the world? Sign up now for MIPIM

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 9:43am
For the third year Illinois REALTORS® are planning to take part in one of the world’s largest real estate conferences. Called MIPIM, the annual event brings together industry heavyweights in Cannes, France for four days of meetings and presentations. The … Continue reading →

Thank you for your feedback on Illinois REALTOR® magazine

Mon, 12/12/2016 - 5:09pm
We recently surveyed our members to learn more about how they read Illinois REALTOR® magazine, how they use it in their business and the what they’d like to read about in future issues. Thank you to the nearly 450 people … Continue reading →

Rockford Area REALTORS® gather to help kids read

Mon, 12/12/2016 - 4:00pm
Approximately 150 books were donated to the local Salvation Army Book Program Thursday by the Rockford Area REALTORS® following its Annual Holiday Open House. The Salvation Army Book Program provides books to children up to age 14. About 100 people … Continue reading →