Top producers to share their strategies at GRI Grad Nov. 30-Dec. 1

Hear how these GRI Grad top producers made it to where they are today, and what they’ve learned that could help you become a top producer! This event is only open to GRI Grads.  

register-buttonThe GRI Grad Top Producer Panel is an opportunity for GRI Grads to pick the brains of five top-producing Illinois brokers and broker/owners who will share their strategies and tips for thriving in the real estate business. Jim Kinney, Illinois REALTORS® Immediate Past President, will moderate this panel of industry leaders and award-winning agents, which includes Kyle Killebrew, Shari Kindle, Kay Phillips and Matt Silver.

Register by midnight, November 23 for just $229. You will be able to attend exclusive live educational sessions and networking, and earn up to 6 hours of CE. REunite, REconnect and REenergize at the LIVE GRI Grad course November 30-December 1 at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria, Illinois! 

GRI Grad Top Producer Panelists:

kyle-killebrewKyle Killebrew is a broker and partner of The Real Estate Group in Springfield. He has been in business since 2004 and specializes in commercial, condo, farm property and residential real estate. Kyle also currently serves on three NAR committees.

shari2Shari Kindle is broker/owner of Sunshine Realty Solutions in Edwardsville. She earned her salesperson license in 1995 and her broker license in 1997. Shari has served as an Illinois REALTORS® Ombudsman since 2014, and specializes in short sales and foreclosures.

kay-phillipsKay Phillips is a broker associate with @properties in Libertyville. She moved to Illinois from Texas in December 2006 and began her real estate career in 2010. Kay specializes in residential real estate transactions.
matt-silverMatt Silver is a partner with Urban Real Estate, serving the Chicago and North Shore markets. He began his career in the commercial real estate sector in 1998 before making the transition to focus on residential transactions. Matt is currently serving as 2017 President of the Chicago Association of REALTORS®.

Moderator Jim Kinney:

jim-kinneyJim Kinney is a broker with Baird & Warner in Chicago. His career spans more than 30 years. He has been active with the Chicago Association of REALTORS®, serving on the board of directors and several committees and task forces. On a statewide level, his contributions to the Illinois REALTORS® includes serving on several committees and as 2016 president.

Early bird deadline nears for GRI Grad


Register by Monday, Nov. 7 for the Illinois REALTORS® GRI Grad course in East Peoria to save $10 through early bird registration.

The two-day course begins Nov. 30 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton in East Peoria and continues through Dec. 1. Early bird registration is $219, regular price is $229.

While you’re thinking about logistics, don’t forget to make your hotel reservation by Tuesday, Nov. 8 so you can get the member rate of $144.

GRI Grad will give you access to some of the real estate industry’s top speakers, help you earn up to six hours of CE credit, learn best practices and network with colleagues.

GRI Grad CE Helps REALTORS® Steer Clear of Trouble

bruce-aydtGRI Grads have an opportunity to learn how to steer clear of common violations that might lead to serious problems. Bruce Aydt’s Core A CE session at GRI Grad on November 30 will reveal best practices for avoiding, reducing and managing mistakes related to these four core principles of real estate practice: fair housing, agency, license law and escrow.
Aydt is one of the top real estate instructors in the country, and has been in the real estate business for more than 25 years as a lawyer and a REALTOR®. His “best practices” approach will provide you with solid, practical advice that you can implement immediately after attending GRI Grad. Being informed and prepared is your best protection against costly mistakes.
GRI Grad attendees are eligible to earn 3 hours of Core A CE credit for successfully completing this course and exam. Learn more about this session and other sessions offered at GRI Grad, November 30 – December 1, 2016 at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria. Early registration ends November 7 – don’t delay!

Last chance to sign up for next week’s global commercial bootcamp

global-commercial-real-estateIllinois REALTORS® who want to help inbound commercial real estate investors should sign up today for the CCIM Institute’s Global Commercial Real Estate Bootcamp next Thursday (Oct. 6) and Friday (Oct. 7) in Chicago.

The program will be held at the Levine Learning Center on Michigan Ave., and features in-depth training from Carmela Ma, CCIM, CIPS, FRICS. Register now at or call 800-621-7207, option 2. Download the pdf flier for more information.

Oct. 1 deadline looms for three REEF scholarships

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Illinois REALTORS® applying for three scholarships through the Illinois Real Estate Education Foundation (REEF) must complete their applications and submit them by Oct. 1.

The deadline applies to the Dan Bock Scholarship, the Past Presidents Scholarship and the Roxanne Malo Leadership Scholarship. Applications for a fourth scholarship, the Rich Port Scholarship, are received on an ongoing basis without a deadline.

New in 2016 — Dan Bock Scholarship

Following the death of Lincoln-area REALTOR® Dan Bock in April 2015, the Dan Bock Scholarship was established on June 20 this year. It’s designed to help licensed REALTORS® who have their GRI Designation to attend the Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI) of Illinois. The maximum award is $500. Get the application.

Past Presidents Scholarship

Illinois REALTORS® who are pursuing their Certified Residential Broker (CRB), Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS), Certified Commercial Investment Member(CCIM) or REALTOR® Association Certified Executive (RCE) designations can qualify for up to $500 in scholarships to cover tuition, reimbursement for actual expenses incurred, including hotel expenses and meals. Get the application.

Roxane Malo Leadership Scholarship

Illinois REALTORS® who want to expand their leadership skills in a real estate related field can use scholarships to further their education at a junior college, college or university. The maximum award amount is $500. Get the application.

Rich Port Scholarship has no deadline

Those pursuing the GRI designation can apply for the Rich Port Scholarship and receive up $300 for tuition and reimbursement of actual expenses. Applications are ongoing with no deadline. To be eligible, applicants must be licensed as real estate agent for a year, work in Illinois and must be an Illinois resident. They must also complete the first 30 hours of GRI. Get the application.