About Jon Broadbooks

Jon Broadbooks is Vice President/Communications for Illinois REALTORS®. He serves as editor of online and print content for the association's communications including the Illinois REALTOR® magazine and e-newsletters. He conducts spokesperson training seminars and oversees website development for the Association.

1031 Like-Kind Exchange topic of summit featuring Illinois REALTORS®’ Wagner

Illinois REALTORS® Treasurer Dan Wagner speaks at a business forum sponsored by Missouri REALTORS® on Tuesday in St. Louis.

Illinois REALTORS® Treasurer Dan Wagner was a panelist at a Missouri REALTORS® business summit on Tuesday, speaking on the necessity of preserving the 1031 Like-Kind Exchange.

Wagner, who is senior vice president for industry relations at The Inland Real Estate Group of Companies, spoke as part of the Missouri REALTORS® Fall Commercial Economic Summit at the Chase Park Hotel in St. Louis.

Joining Wagner on the panel, called 1031 Exchange, Another Tool for Your Toolbox, was Inland’s Brian Lang, vice president and external wholesaler; and Greg Smith, vice president of Investment Property Exchange Services Inc.

Carpenter represents Illinois REALTORS® on trade mission to Japan

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner addresses the 49th Annual Joint Meeting of the Japan-Midwest U.S. and Midwest U.S.-Japan associations in Tokyo. Illinois REALTORS® President Doug Carpenter was part of the delegation invited to tell the story of Illinois real estate investment opportunities. Photo: Gary Clayton, CEO Illinois REALTORS®.

Illinois REALTORS® President Doug Carpenter traveled to Japan late last week as part of a trade mission to encourage foreign investment in Illinois.

Doug Carpenter

Carpenter, who is finishing out his term as president, traveled with Illinois REALTORS® CEO Gary Clayton on the trade mission with representatives of Intersect Illinois. Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner joined the group and spoke at the 49th Annual Joint Meeting of the Japan-Midwest U.S. and Midwest U.S.-Japan associations.

Intersect Illinois is the state’s public-private economic development partnership which encourages investment in the state.

Ayumi DeLoney

Also on the trip is Illinois REALTORS® Consul General Liaison to Japan, Ayumi DeLoney.

Participation in the trade mission is part of an ongoing effort to market the state globally by Illinois REALTORS®. The association has attended the annual MIPIM real estate conference in Cannes, France, for the past three years as part of a National Association of REALTORS® delegation, and has set up a Consul General Liaison Program which provides information on the state’s real estate market to foreign investors.

Illinois REALTORS® donates $50,000 for Texas hurricane relief

Texas Association of REALTORS® CEO Travis Kessler, 2017 association Chairman Vicki Fullerton and Illinois REALTORS® Treasurer Dan Wagner at the Texas REALTORS® Conference in Dallas on Friday, where Illinois REALTORS® was honored for donating $50,000 for hurricane relief efforts. Photo: Texas REALTORS®.

Illinois REALTORS®’ leadership has approved sending $50,000 to the Texas Association of REALTORS® to help with that organization’s relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

Illinois REALTORS® 2017 Treasurer Dan Wagner made the announcement in Dallas on Thursday. Illinois REALTORS® was publicly thanked on Friday for the donation at the Texas association’s annual conference.

The donation follows a pattern of Illinois REALTORS® stepping up to help when disaster strikes, regardless of whether the event is in Illinois or across the country.

“REALTORS® are often the first to start pitching in to help their communities after tragedy strikes,” said 2017 Illinois REALTORS® President Doug Carpenter. “Members of our association have been deeply touched by the disaster on the Texas Gulf Coast. Many of us have friends, colleagues and family in areas that flooded, so we want to make sure we do our part to help the region recover.”

Illinois REALTORS® has made similar large donations in the wake of disasters including hurricanes Sandy and Katrina, and after the 9-11 terrorist attacks.

Illinois REALTORS® also has a foundation which provides disaster assistance in Illinois. The Illinois REALTORS® Relief Foundation is currently accepting donations and taking applications for aid for those affected by the flooding in Northern Illinois earlier this year.

Goal reached: 20 percent of Illinois REALTORS® push for NFIP extension

More than 20 percent of Illinois REALTORS® responded to NAR’s Call for Action on the National Flood Insurance Program, a tally of responses shows.

The responses pushed the association past the finish line goal of having a more than 20 percent participation rate for the Call for Action.

The national association asked its members to contact their congressional representatives several weeks ago to urge them to back extending or modifying the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

The Senate approved a three-month extension on Thursday. The House is expected to follow suit.

Illinois REALTORS® has had a strong track record of member responses to NAR and state association Calls for Action.

Thanks to all Illinois REALTORS® who made sure lawmakers know how important NFIP is to some 22,000 communities nationwide.

Last call for Call for Action: Tell lawmakers NFIP extension is critical

The National Association of REALTORS® Call for Action is winding down, as U.S. House members are expected to take up a measure soon to extend the National Flood Insurance Program.

The Senate passed a stop-gap, three-month extension on Thursday. NAR has said the final day for the Call for Action will be Friday by 5 p.m. To make your voice heard on this important issue, go here.

Illinois REALTORS® wants more than 20 percent of its members to participate in the Call for Action. As of late Thursday afternoon, 17 percent had responded.

The National Flood Insurance Program affects 22,000 communities nationwide. The program isn’t just for those living near a coastline. Government data shows since 1978 all but four Illinois counties have seen paid claims under the program.

Time is of an essence for Congress. If NFIP is not extended, assistance for homeowners through the program will end Sept. 30.

Learn more at Realtoractioncenter.org. And watch a video explaining the importance of this program here.