Two Illinois REALTORS® have been selected as recipients of the 2015 SRES Outstanding Service Award for work on senior housing issues.
The Senior Real Estate Specialist designation is held by REALTORS® who have gone through training to meet the housing needs of an aging population. Those holding the designation received training to help seniors sell homes, buy homes which are a better fit and finance their housing transactions.
Those honored from Illinois are:
Jim Kinney, vice president of luxury home sales for Baird & Warner in Chicago and president of the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. As IAR president, he commissioned the Senior Housing Working Group to look at how Illinois was handling an aging population. The working group generated a package of recommendations aimed at raising the visibility of senior housing issues and which looked at ways to provide resources to real estate professionals and the clients they serve.
Michael Rickert, who served as chair of the Senior Services Task Force for the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®. He is owner of Rickert REALTORS® in Des Plaines. Rickert’s task force started with six members and quickly grew to 50 including REALTORS® and other community professionals. Members made presentations to the community on senior housing issues and staged a Senior Resource Rally to help consumers connect with REALTORS®.
The two Illinois winners will be honored at a ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, at the National Association of REALTORS® Conference and Expo in San Diego. You can get information on going to the ceremony here.