Illinois REALTORS® Podcast
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.  

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. 

Get the full transcript of this episode at: https://www.illinoisrealtors.org/blog/illinois-realtors-podcast-meet-2020-president-ed-neaves-realtor-builder-and-entrepreneur/

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

Why REALTORS® should be aware of impending Just Housing rules in Cook County

Why REALTORS® should be aware of impending Just Housing rules in Cook County

August 1, 2019

The Illinois REALTORS®' advocacy team is working with the Cook County Human Relations Committee on a new Just Housing ordinance which was passed by the Cook County Board earlier this year.  

In the August edition of the Illinois REALTORS Podcast, Mike Scobey, Illinois REALTORS senior director of local advocacy and global programs explains the ordinance, and why members engaged in property management and leasing should pay close attention to the ordinance.  

Meet Illinois REALTORS® Deputy CEO Jeffrey T. Baker

Meet Illinois REALTORS® Deputy CEO Jeffrey T. Baker

July 16, 2019

Jeffrey T. Baker will be only the fourth leader in Illinois REALTORS® history when he takes over as CEO in 2021. Baker shares with us his professional journey from working in public policy, to a legal career and now preparing to lead a 50,000-member association. 

Changes you need to be aware of to the Real Estate License Act

Changes you need to be aware of to the Real Estate License Act

July 15, 2019

The Real Estate License Act went through its once-a-decade rewrite in the spring session of the Illinois General Assembly. Illinois REALTORS® Chief Legal Counsel Betsy Urbance discusses what changes are in store in this latest version of the Act, from education requirements to the age at which someone in the state can obtain a real estate license.

Meet Deputy CEO Jeffrey T. Baker; License Law update with Betsy Urbance

Meet Deputy CEO Jeffrey T. Baker; License Law update with Betsy Urbance

July 8, 2019

Illinois REALTORS® has appointed Jeffrey T. Baker as deputy CEO. Learn more about Baker's passion for politics and his journey to a role that puts him in line to be Illinois REALTORS® CEO. Also, Chief Legal Counsel Betsy Urbance walks members through the changes in the recently passed License Law. 

REALTOR® FPCs: Making a difference for the real estate industry

REALTOR® FPCs: Making a difference for the real estate industry

June 19, 2019

Illinois REALTORS® has members assigned to work with the state's lawmakers to help them better understand the impact of housing policy changes. These volunteers met with each of the state's congressional delegation in May as part of annual NAR meetings. FPCs Nykea Pippion-McGriff and Max Mitchell share why they are FPCs and why the role the program plays is so important.