Some corporations and LLCs still need to reinstate non-renewed real estate licenses

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Almost four months after the Illinois REALTORS® and the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) reported 1,400 corporate real estate licenses hadn’t been renewed on time, the association continues to get queries about the subject.

Managing brokers who didn’t renew their entity licenses on Oct. 31, 2016 can download the reinstatement form and send it to IDFPR as quickly as possible, return receipt requested. This form can’t be completed or submitted online.

Any brokerage operating under a non-renewed entity license can be subjecting itself to certain serious consequences.

Illinois REALTORS® suspects that the Department’s change from mailing renewal notifications to electronic means may be the reason managing brokers missed the deadline.

Other questions?

The IDFPR’s address is: Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Division of Real Estate, 320 West Washington St., Springfield, IL 62786.

REALTORS® with licensing questions can call Real Estate Licensing at 800/560-6420.

ROTY Banquet tickets on sale until May 30

Order tickets now for the 36th Annual REALTOR® of the Year Banquet, scheduled for June 6 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield.

Sue Miller

The event will honor the accomplishments of 24 local association REALTORS® of the Year (ROTY) and the Illinois REALTOR® of the Year Sue Miller, managing broker for Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group, in McHenry. The reception begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:15 p.m. The deadline for ordering tickets is May 30. Tickets are $75 each.

Place your order online or use the ticket order form now.

Among those being honored are:

Susan Gant of RE/MAX Executives Plus in Decatur will represent the Decatur Association of REALTORS®. Gant served as chair of the Macon Country Republican Women and a number of Decatur Association of REALTORS® committees. She serves on the Macon County Republican Central Committee and on the Decatur Association Board of Directors.

Ayn Bartok of All In One Real Estate Company in Harrisburg is from the Egyptian Board of REALTORS®. The former Egyptian president devoted herself to a variety of local and state REALTOR® committees and served as a state legislative contact. Along with being an RPAC Major Investor, she is an avid RPAC supporter.

Sharon Pratt of RE/MAX River Bend in Alton represents the Greater Gateway Association of REALTORS®. The managing broker/co-owner of RE/MAX River Bend recently received the 2016 YWCA Woman of Distinction Award. She serves on the Greater Gateway Board of Directors. She is very active in her community and church.

The Illinois REALTORS® ROTY banquet is jointly sponsored by the Illinois REALTORS® and the Illinois Real Estate Educational Foundation (REEF).

(This is the third in a series of stories highlighting local REALTORS® of the Year and the Illinois REALTOR® of the Year. Read the first and second stories.)

Photos from the House visits in DC

On Wednesday, Illinois REALTORS® visited with their representatives in Washington, D.C. as part of the 2017 Midyear Legislative Meetings and Trade Expo.

Local Government Affairs Directors and Federal Political Coordinators and REALTORS® from all around the state took part. Among those discussions were meetings with:

  • U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly,
  • U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky,
  • U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider,
  • U.S. Rep. Mike Bost,
  • U.S. Rep. Bill Foster,
  • U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood, and
  • U.S. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi.

Honor Miller and local ROTYs in 3 weeks at Springfield banquet

Place your order now for tickets to the 36th Annual REALTOR® of the Year Banquet, scheduled for June 6 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield.

Sue Miller

The event will honor the accomplishments of 24 local association REALTORS® of the Year (ROTY) and the Illinois REALTOR® of the Year Sue Miller, managing broker for Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group, in McHenry. The reception begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:15 p.m. The deadline for ordering tickets is May 30. Tickets are $75 each.

Place your order online or use the ticket order form now.

Among those being honored are:

Alex Ruggieri of Sperry Van Ness Ramshaw Real Estate, Champaign is being honored by the Champaign County Association of REALTORS®. A Champaign County member since 1977, he has earned GRI, CCIM, CIPS, CRE, EMS, SEC and NCE designations. A commercial broker and media personality, he works on state and NAR committees and serves on his local association’s board of directors.

Hugh Rider of Realty & Mortgage County, Chicago will represent the Chicago Association of REALTORS®. The NAR Hall of Fame member and NAR director has focused on public policy issues, including Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance (RLTO) reform. He’s served as CAR president and chair of its Property Management and Public Policy Coordinating committees.

Martin Lipa of Priority One, Belgium is the ROTY for the Danville Area Board of REALTORS®. Lipa opened own business in 2004, became a Danville Area director in 2009 and president in 2015 and 2016. He supports AMBUCS, Habitat for Humanity, the Veterans Memorial, the Police Benevolent Association’s kids camp and holiday food banks.

The banquet is jointly sponsored by the Illinois REALTORS® and the Illinois Real Estate Educational Foundation (REEF).

(This is the second in a series of stories highlighting local REALTORS® of the Year and the Illinois REALTOR® of the Year. Read the first story.)

How to avoid WannaCry ransomware and other cyber threats

The WannaCry ransomware has attacked computers across the world. (Bigstock Image)

Ransomware has been attacking computers with Windows operating systems since last week and Inman Select gives REALTORS® four ideas to protect their systems from hackers. Meanwhile, NAR offers some resources to keep your computers more secure and protect private information of customers.

In the Inman Select story, “What real estate agents and brokers should be doing about WannaCry,” suggestions for REALTORS® include using “business-grade equipment,” updating software when prompted by onscreen messages, backing up data on computers and working with partners who take security seriously. Read more.

The ransomware known as “WannaCry” has struck more than 200,000 devices in more than 150 countries, disabling them and demanding payment before a remedy is provided.

In March, the NAR reminded members to protect their computers from loss of data, scams and hacks by following best practices. By logging in and using the NAR Data Security and Privacy Toolkit, members safeguard email, transactions, business procedures and limit damage. Some suggestions in the toolkit included:

  • Use encrypted email;
  • Never trust contact information from unverified emails;
  • Use strong passwords and change them frequently;
  • Make sure all parties use secure email procedures for transactions;
  • If wiring money, call intended recipients immediately prior to verify wiring instructions;
  • Develop and enforce policies for ensuring data security; and
  • Avoid storing clients’ personally identifiable information any longer than necessary.

Other NAR data privacy and security resources can be found here.

The toolkit also provides a link to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Internet Crime Complaint Center.