Illinois REALTORS® Podcast
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

 

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. 

Expand your network with NAREB

Expand your network with NAREB

December 4, 2019

In part two of getting to know our Industry Partners, Courtney Jones, President of Dearborn REALTIST® Board, Chicago chapter of National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB), shares the story of his organization and how getting involved has helped shape leadership and business skills for a successful career in real estate. Get full transcript.

Read: It’s never too early to think about a career exit strategy

Read: It’s never too early to think about a career exit strategy

November 19, 2019

Illinois REALTOR® and trainer Chris Read recently conducted a webinar for the National Association of REALTORS® Center for REALTOR® Financial Wellness on how to approach winding down a business.

The topic is one that many REALTORS® don’t pay enough attention to, particularly because of the nature of a business where many are independent contractors.  

Read talks with the Illinois REALTORS® Podcast about the need to start early about thinking about an exit strategy for your business and the steps you can take to set yourself up for success in retirement.

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Meet Dale Taylor, Illinois REALTOR® and NAR Good Neighbor Award Winner

Meet Dale Taylor, Illinois REALTOR® and NAR Good Neighbor Award Winner

November 14, 2019

Dale Taylor of New Lenox, Ill., has been serving the homeless as a shelter manager and fundraiser for South Suburban PADS for more than a decade. His service was recognized in November with a Good Neighbor Award from the National Association of REALTORS®. The award honors a select handful of REALTORS® who make differences in the communities in which they work. Taylor is a REALTOR® with RE/MAX 10 in New Lenox, and has long been involved with his state association.

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Learn why a proposal to boost transfer taxes in Chicago hurts everyone

Learn why a proposal to boost transfer taxes in Chicago hurts everyone

November 7, 2019

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has proposed a real estate Transfer Tax which will hit many commercial and residential investment properties hard.  

The proposal, as outlined in a speech several weeks ago, would decrease Transfer Taxes paid at closing on properties valued at less than $500,000, but it would significantly boost the taxes on properties valued at more than $1 million.

Greg St. Aubin, senior vice president for governmental affairs for Illinois REALTORS® discusses the tax proposal which is expected to come up in the Illinois General Assembly’s veto session which is back in session the week of Nov. 11.  

St. Aubin, a longtime lobbyist for the association, said the Transfer Tax places an unfair burden on property owners who are already saddled with high property taxes. He notes that if a burdensome Transfer Tax passes and is signed into law, the ripple effects could be felt throughout the state, not just in Chicago.  

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Farmland update with Luke Worrell

Farmland update with Luke Worrell

October 1, 2019

Illinois farmland forms an important, but sometimes overlooked part of the real estate economy. Illinois REALTOR® Luke Worrell of Worrell Land Services in Jacksonville discusses what he's seeing with farmland prices, and where the market could be headed in a year where wet weather wreaked havoc with planting schedules. Worrell is president of the Illinois chapter of the REALTORS® Land Institute. 

Meet Ed Neaves, Illinois REALTORS® 2020 president

Meet Ed Neaves, Illinois REALTORS® 2020 president

September 30, 2019

Ed Neaves has worked in many roles over the years. He's built homes, co-owned radio stations, run restaurants and now oversees a real estate business. The 2020 Illinois REALTORS® president talks about his vision to promote the value of the trade association he leads in the year ahead. 

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Why you should apply for Illinois REALTORS®’ Leadership Development Class

Why you should apply for Illinois REALTORS®’ Leadership Development Class

September 6, 2019

Illinois REALTORS® has a program which seeks to build and support new leaders. Called the Leadership Development Program, this series of courses provides insight into association management, advocacy an communication skills necessary for volunteers. Illinois REALTORS® Bob Eby and Debbie Pawlowicz talk about what they got out of the program, and why Illinois REALTORS® should consider applying.

Expo REAL and and opportunities to grow your commercial portfolio

Expo REAL and and opportunities to grow your commercial portfolio

August 7, 2019

Caton Commercial CEO Bill Caton discusses Expo REAL, which is a massive European real estate trade show and conference held in Munich, Oct. 7-9. Caton says that the visit to Munich would benefit a commercial practitioner, no matter what stage of their career they are in. Illinois REALTORS and NICAR are offering stipends to cover the cost of registering for the event. Illinois REALTORS® can register here