Illinois REALTORS® shine at National Policy Conference

The spirit of service is inherent in so many of Illinois REALTORS® members, it often goes unnoticed since most are not looking for accolades, they are looking for progress. However, this week at the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP) Annual Policy Conference and Awards Gala in Washington, D.C., these members got both.

Accolades for service

Congratulations to the Chicago Chapter of NAHREP for receiving the Chapter of the Year award and earning recognition for its success in Financial Performance, Sponsor Engagement and Board Management at the Leadership Academy.

These awards are no surprise since the commitment of members extends beyond the local chapter to involvement at the state and national levels. At the gala, Joe Castillo, Broker/Owner of Mi Casa Real Estate in Chicago was installed as a national board member, and Genie Birch, Broker at Century 21 Affiliated in Lincolnwood, serves as Chair of the Diversity Committee at NAR and welcomed the group at their reception. Gaspar Flores, Jr., the current Chicago Chapter president, serves on the Illinois REALTOR® Strategic Thinkers Working Group and the Housing Opportunity Working Group. This is a short list of their involvement but underscores why they have achieved so much success.

Members of the Chicago Chapter are contributing to NAHREP’s advocacy efforts this week. They headed to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to share with members of Congress their position on topics like: immigration, the building of the wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, homeownership, the mortgage interest deduction and promoting small business.

Progress realized

These members have seen results from the NAHREP Hispanic Wealth Project through the increase in Hispanic homeownership. According to the 2016 State of Hispanic Homeownership that was presented at the conference, Hispanic homeownership accounted for almost 80 percent of the year-over-year homeownership growth from 2015 to 2016.

A Fannie Mae survey cited as part of the project explained that Hispanics have many reasons for valuing homeownership, including:

  • The environment for raising children,
  • control over one’s living space,
  • building wealth and
  • property rights through the ability to control one’s own living space.

The conference provided a great opportunity to see Illinois REALTORS® show their commitment to real estate and homeownership while celebrating their culture and community.

Congratulations NAHREP Chicago from all of us at Illinois REALTORS®!

(Photos by Sharon Gorrell, Jessica Barrera, Erika Villegas and Gaspar Flores, Jr.)

REALTORS® give independent expenditure support to Jones in Evanston

Illinois REALTORS® mailed postcards to registered Evanston voters asking them to vote for Shawn Jones for 9th Ward Alderman on April 4.

The postcards are part of an independent expenditure campaign by Illinois REALTORS®. Independent expenditure activities take place in support of a candidate for public office without any coordination with the candidate or the candidate’s campaign.

The postcards say Jones will make curbing crime and improving public safety his top priorities as alderman. He wants to foster deeper relationships with members of the police department, expand innovative programs for youth and encourage expansion of community policing. For more information, visit his campaign website, JonesForEvanston.com. Please support Jones if you live in Evanston.

To see a list of all the local candidates supported by independent expenditures, go here. To read all the stories in this series, go here.

 

Final paperwork clears way for start of Bicentennial Plaza project

A memorandum of understanding was signed on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, between Illinois REALTORS® and the city of Springfield for the REALTORS® Bicentennial Plaza project. From left to right are Springfield City Clerk Frank Lesko, Illinois REALTORS® CEO Gary Clayton and Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder. (Photo: Jon Broadbooks)

Springfield city officials and Illinois REALTORS® CEO Gary Clayton signed a memorandum of understanding Wednesday which clears the way for construction of the REALTORS® Bicentennial Plaza.

The Springfield City Council approved $1 million in Tax Increment Financing funding for the project on March 21, and the memorandum signed Wednesday spells out the guidelines the city and the association will abide by as the property is developed and used.

On hand for the signing in addition to Clayton were Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder and Springfield Clerk Frank Lesko.

The plaza will be located on the north side of the Illinois REALTORS® headquarters on South Fifth Street on association-owned land. Once completed, the plaza is expected to become part of a revitalized area extending from the Lincoln Home National Historic Site to the state Capitol.

The signing took place at the association’s headquarters in a conference room overlooking the area to be redeveloped.

 

REALTORS® give IE support to reelect McLaughlin in Barrington Hills

Illinois REALTORS® mailed postcards to registered Barrington Hills voters asking them to vote for Marty McLaughlin for village president on April 4.

The postcards are part of an independent expenditure campaign by Illinois REALTORS®. Independent expenditure activities take place in support of a candidate for public office without any coordination with the candidate or the candidate’s campaign.

The postcards say that as village president McLaughlin has reduced the village budget by 10 percent, lowered the village tax levy three years in a row, reorganized village departments and restored village cash reserves. Please support him if you live in Barrington Hills.

For a list of all the independent expenditures, go here. To read all the stories in this series, go here.

REALTORS® give IE support to reelect Coyne in Naperville

Illinois REALTORS® mailed postcards to registered Naperville voters asking them to vote for Kevin Coyne for city council on April 4.

The postcards are part of an independent expenditure campaign by Illinois REALTORS®. Independent expenditure activities take place in support of a candidate for public office without any coordination with the candidate or the candidate’s campaign.

The postcards say Coyne supports the consolidation of Naperville and Lisle road districts, wants to consider a partnership with DuPage County Animal Control and wants to explore cost-sharing with either Aurora or the DuPage County sheriff’s office.  Please support Coyne’s reelection if you live in Naperville.

For a list of all the independent expenditures, go here. To read all the stories in this series, go here.