Four 12-hour Broker Management CE webinars are available for license renewal

The 2017 license renewal deadline for Managing Brokers is April 30. If you were licensed prior to February 1, 2015, you will need 24 hours of CE, including a mandatory 12-hour Broker Management CE interactive course.

Illinois REALTORS® Licensing & Training Center offers this course in webinar format for maximum convenience.

Available webinar dates are: February 8 & 9March 1 & 2April 6 & 7; and April 19 &20. Don’t wait until the last minute to fulfill your license renewal requirements! Register now through Webex to reserve your place.

For more information on Managing Broker License renewal requirements, visit the Licensing & Training Center’s webpage on managing broker renewal.


Chris Bird offers free tax tips Dec. 19 on Facebook Live

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Chris Bird

Join former IRS agent Chris Bird at 1 p.m. Dec. 19 on Facebook Live as he explains how REALTORS® can maximize their tax benefits now and in the new year during “Ten Tax Tips for REALTORS®.”

You may have attended REALTOR® training in the past with Bird as the instructor, or maybe you’ve heard colleagues talk about his presentations. Either way, you won’t want to miss this year’s event, which is presented free by Keynote and Chris Bird Seminars. Our invitation to Bird’s hour-long presentation comes from the Kansas Association of REALTORS®.

To participate in the event, go to: For more information, go to:

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!