Illinois REALTORS® Podcast
Reopening REALTOR® offices safely

Reopening REALTOR® offices safely

June 15, 2020

Preparation. Follow-through. Communication. NAR General Counsel Katie Johnson and Illinois REALTORS® General Counsel Betsy Urbance talk about ways for association and brokerage offices to reopen and pivot to a “new normal.” Learn more and get tools with Illinois REALTORS® ROI series.

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#Werk Your Brand

#Werk Your Brand

May 12, 2020

Rebecca Donatelli, Mabél Guzmán and Sam Powell joined Illinois YPN to share their best success tips for building your brand. Hear how they expanded their network through social media, within the industry and through personal interactions in everyday life.

Note: All advertising requirements of Illinois Real Estate License Act and REALTOR® Code of Ethics apply to REALTOR® advertising through any medium, whether physical or electronic, including social media platforms. 

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Real Estate License Act – RELA Legal Update

Real Estate License Act – RELA Legal Update

April 7, 2020

Teams and Advertising. Licensing and Education. Going Paperless. The Rules are Changing. Let us help you protect your business. The new RELA Legal Update Web Series will cover the most critical changes to the Real Estate License Act (RELA), related requirements and rules. Join Illinois REALTORS® Chief Legal Counsel Betsy Urbance and Legal Hotline Attorney Anneliese Fierstos as they walk you through the changes to the Illinois Real Estate License Act in our new, must-see six-episode web series: RELA Legal Update. And just like Netflix, you can binge the full series or pick which episodes to watch first! Members, log in at www.IllinoisRealtors.org/RELA_Rewrite

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Let’s talk professional courtesy

Let’s talk professional courtesy

March 2, 2020

Illinois YPN members Eddie Ruettiger, Megan Beechen and Rachel Scheid share some of their best tips and simple basics of professionalism essential to a smooth transaction and to building strong relationships with clients and fellow REALTORS®.

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The problem with Sauk Village’s inspection policy

The problem with Sauk Village’s inspection policy

February 13, 2020

Illinois REALTORS® talks with Mike Scobey, director of local advocacy, who explains the background to a lawsuit filed by a property owner in Sauk Village.

The suburban Cook County municipality has outsourced inspections, creating a process that the plaintiffs in the lawsuit says is unfair and not legal.

Learn why Sauk Village's actions infringe on private property rights, and what residents there are facing when it comes to pre-sale inspections. 

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What you should know about Cook County’s Just Housing Amendment

What you should know about Cook County’s Just Housing Amendment

February 11, 2020

Property owners in Cook County need to be aware of significant changes to the county's Human Rights and Fair Housing Ordinance with the passage of an amendment which sets guidelines for handling rental applicants.

Called the Just Housing Amendment, the new policy requires owners to carefully consider an applicant's criminal background, and it sets limits on how far back an applicant's criminal background can be reviewed. Illinois REALTORS® Director of Local Advocacy Mike Scobey discusses the steps property owners must now take and how they can make sure they are following the law.

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What to expect at Capitol Conference

What to expect at Capitol Conference

February 6, 2020

Take 1 day out of 365 to make a difference on potential laws that can impact real estate. Illinois REALTORS® Brian Kwilosz, Gibby Kirby and Niko Apostal of our YPN Advisory Board give you the inside scoop and tips on how to navigate one of the biggest and most important events of the year—Illinois REALTORS® Capitol Conference

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NAR President Vince Malta talks about advocacy, rent control and what makes a baseball bat valuable to collectors

NAR President Vince Malta talks about advocacy, rent control and what makes a baseball bat valuable to collectors

January 29, 2020

2020 NAR President Vince Malta visited Illinois to take part in the Illinois REALTORS® Public Policy Meetings in East Peoria. Malta, who is from San Francisco, joined the podcast to talk about topics including how the national association is revamping how it works on Capitol Hill, a new effort to elevate Fair Housing training and awareness and the dangers of rent control. Malta is also one the nation's leading experts on authenticating baseball bats, and he discusses a hobby that has evolved to be a major part of his life.

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Housing market in 2020? Expect more of the same, economist says

Housing market in 2020? Expect more of the same, economist says

December 23, 2019

For more than 20 years, Dr. Geoffrey Hewings has monitored the housing market in Illinois.

This year, the director emeritus of the Regional Economic Applications Laboratory at the University of Illinois, Champaign, says mixed economic signals are playing a role in the state's economy. He sat down with the Illinois REALTORS® Podcast in the final weeks of the year to talk about what's ahead for the housing market. Hewings says overall home sales in the state may see a slight dip, but median prices are projected to increase. Housing inventories will continue to pose a challenge for consumers, he says. Interested in learning more? You can also read Hewings' annual forecast for 2020

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What REALTORS® need to know about Illinois’ new marijuana laws

What REALTORS® need to know about Illinois’ new marijuana laws

December 16, 2019

Recreational marijuana becomes legal in Illinois on Jan. 1, 2020. For REALTORS®, this means having an awareness of how the new law would impact real estate transactions. Illinois REALTORS®' Chief Legal Counsel Betsy Urbance talks with the Illinois REALTORS® Podcast about the rules, and answers some questions members may have about legalized marijuana. Urbance discusses issues of interest to residential and commercial property owners, as well as managing brokers who are setting office policies. 

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