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Steve Volkodav, CEO for the North Shore-Barrington Association of REALTORS®, will be honored at the NAR REALTORS® Conference & Expo in November. Volkodav will be inducted into the Dr. Almon R. (Bud) Smith, RCE, AE Leadership Society for advancing REALTOR® association management, along with an executive from the Washington State Association of REALTORS® and another [...]

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Attorneys can provide comparable property tax valuations while representing taxpayers during tax appeals hearings, according to a decision in Cook County Circuit Court Thursday. The Illinois State Bar Association reported it won a summary judgement in the case, with Cook County Circuit Judge Raymond Mitchell ruling that the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation [...]

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The July issue of Illinois REALTOR® should be arriving in your mailbox any day, but if you want an early look or you want to read the latest stories on your digital device, check out the digital version available now. This month's issue includes strategies for building the right team as well as some of [...]

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State Rep. Nicholas K. Smith of Chicago left no doubt about the value of his state legislative contact (SLC) says Neil Malone. “He basically told me he wanted to talk to Marki Lemons Ryhal before making a decision on a particular issue,” said Malone, Illinois REALTORS® director of grassroots and political programs, and the association’s [...]

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Construction continues at Bicentennial Plaza -- a REALTOR® Community Partnership in Springfield following a summer heat wave that buckled pavement on Interstate 55 several miles north of the city. Workers planted hydrangeas in bedded areas of the plaza and installed several of the historical information panels along the brick walkway. Crews continue to work toward [...]

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As many as 12 percent of Illinois REALTORS® responding to a survey earlier this year said they don’t have health insurance, underscoring the importance of a U.S. Department of Labor rules change Tuesday which would allow associations to extend healthcare coverage to members. The decision would allow those falling in the Labor Department’s “working owner” [...]

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The summer housing market is in full swing with homes selling quickly and at higher prices in May even as tight inventory drove sales slightly lower for the month, according to Illinois REALTORS®. Statewide home sales (including single-family homes and condominiums) in May 2018 totaled 16,937 homes sold, down 2.7 percent from 17,401 in May [...]

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The 2018 Leadership Development class met in Springfield Tuesday for the first of a two-day training session at the Illinois REALTORS® headquarters. Tuesday morning's resume-building session was led by speaker and leadership coach Cynthia Judge. The afternoon session covered media training and interview techniques, including practice television interviews. Wednesday's training session explores ethical decision-making. The [...]

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Illinois REALTORS® will release its May 2018 housing report and its 2018 Illinois Housing Report Wednesday morning, with data breakdowns for the state of Illinois, city of Chicago and the nine-county Chicago Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area (PMSA). Hewings Also included will be a housing market forecast by Geoffrey J.D. Hewings, director of the Regional Economics [...]

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Help up to 5 million consumers in 22,000 communities nationwide retain access to flood insurance by taking part in a National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Call for Action which starts today.  To participate, go here. REALTORS® across the nation are urging federal lawmakers to extend the National Flood Insurance Program before it lapses on July [...]

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