REALTORS® join US Rep. Kelly at 4th Annual Housing Expo

(L to R) Ken Holland, Tom Joseph, Larissa Jones, FPC Tonya Corder, US Rep. Robin Kelly and Jim Sim.

Illinois REALTORS® joined lenders, social service agencies, utilities, Cook County government officials and a variety of other organizations at U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly’s 4th Annual Housing Expo last week in Lansing.

Local Government Affairs Director Tom Joseph, Jim Sim and FPC Tonya Corder led a group of local and state REALTORS® that answered questions and passed out information to area residents who attended the expo. They used handouts such as: “What You Should Know About Property Taxes in Black & White,” “Don’t Go It Alone: Choose a REALTOR® as Your Real Estate Partner,” “The Consumer’s Guide to Real Estate Agency in Illinois” and “Homeownership: How Much Mortgage Can I Afford?”

In addition, Joseph and Corder relayed to U.S. Rep. Kelly (District 2) the REALTOR® perspective on several important issues, such as: the Mortgage Interest Deduction, 1031 Like-kind Exchanges, tax reform ideas presented to Congress, the health of the housing market and foreclosures.

“We have not let Congresswoman Kelly down in the four years she has held this event,” says Joseph. “The members of the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS® and Illinois REALTORS® are there for her.”

For consumers, the expo featured presentations about:

  • estate planning,
  • loan modifications,
  • foreclosure prevention,
  • first-time home buyer programs,
  • property tax appeals,
  • Bettering Your Finances Through Financial Literacy,
  • Scam Prevention & Foreclosure Options (Hardest Hit) and
  • Understanding Your Property Taxes.


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