Double dip on commercial CE with these courses

Get CE credit for license renewal in Missouri AND Illinois in one class! If you hold a license in Missouri and Illinois, you can earn CE credit in BOTH states with these commercial real estate courses offered by St. Louis REALTORS® in partnership with Illinois REALTORS®.

Download a registration form for details

Dates:  March 14 & March 28
Location:  600 Tower Building, 600 Market Street in St. Louis, MO 63101 (Get directions)
Cost: FREE for St. Louis REALTORS® members | $35 per course for non-members

  • COR 16013, Core B Legal Issues: Commercial Leasing – Analysis of Rights,
    Obligations and Laws
  • ETH 1529, Elective CE: Code of Ethics in the Commercial Spotlight
  • COM 1046: Perspectives in Commercial Leasing: Office &
    Industrial Leases
  • COM 1043: Understanding Commercial Real Estate Inspections

These commercial real estate courses are offered by St. Louis REALTORS® in partnership with Illinois REALTORS®.

Managing brokers: Watch for IDFPR license renewal notifications via email

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The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) has started sending out email notifications to managing brokers with licenses scheduled to expire on April 30.

Illinois REALTORS® who are managing brokers can use the link within the email to complete the online renewal process via credit card: Those who do not renew their license by April 30 will see their licenses expire.

The email message includes the following tips:

  • Print the instructions on the Departments Renewal Page for reference,
  • Use your internet browser back key to return to a previous page,
  • No charges will be applied to your record unless your renewal has been submitted,
  • VISA, MasterCard and Discover are accepted forms of payment, but no credit card information will be kept by the IDFPR,
  • A convenience fee will be added to the cost of your license renewal for vendor processing costs, and
  • All fees are non-refundable.

Questions or concerns? Contact the IDFPR toll-free at 1-800-560-6420 or

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.