Redesigned ‘The Consumer’s Guide to Real Estate Agency in Illinois’ now available to order

Place your orders now for the popular “The Consumer’s Guide to Real Estate Agency in Illinois” through the Illinois REALTORS® Store.

It’s been changed from a tri-fold brochure to an 8 1/2 by 11-inch, two-sided flyer with perforated cards at the bottom. Look for item #334. They are available in pads of 50 ($11 each), plus taxes, shipping and handling. The flyers discuss agency relationships in real estate transactions in accordance with the Illinois Real Estate License Act of 2000. They supply consumers with explanations of various forms of agency when consumers are using real estate professionals to help them sell, buy and lease real estate.

If you are a broker and plan to distribute the flyers to sales associates, you can download them for free and print them at your convenience.


Video: REALTOR® tips for helping first-time home buyers in 2017

Join Illinois REALTORS® President Doug Carpenter, President Elect Matt Difanis and Immediate Past President Mike Drews for advice about how members can best help first-time home buyers achieve the American Dream in 2017.

Low inventories in most areas of the state make it critical for clients to have their down payments ready and have their financing information in order. The more prepared they are for the process, the better opportunity they have to get the homes they want.



Help guide clients to IHDA assistance with underwater mortgages

Show your value to homeowners by sharing information about the Illinois Housing Development Authority’s I-Refi program.

I-Refi is designed to help borrowers who’ve kept up with their mortgage payments for at least 12 months but owe more than their home is worth because of declining property values in their community. Funded by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the program offers a forgivable loan of up to $50,000 to reduce the balance owed on a homeowner’s mortgage, erasing their negative equity and refinancing them into an affordable 30-year fixed rate IHDA mortgage. The program not only brings relief in the form of a lower interest rate and lower monthly payments, but it is the only solution available that actually wipes out a homeowner’s negative equity to bring his or her loan in line with the property’s current value.

A list of lenders is offered online, with websites for each. Before loans are approved, homeowners must order professional appraisals to assess the value of their homes.

Informational fliers are available in English and Spanish, with instructions for customization.

For more information, visit the website at or call 877-456-2656.

Morning Minute: Housing Patterns in Red, Blue and Swing States

With tonight’s presidential debate on people’s minds, takes an interesting look at the different housing patterns in states where residents tend to lean Democrat, Republican or are more up for grabs in swing states. See the infographic below and read the full article, “Red vs. Blue States: What 8 Housing Differences Can Tell Us About the Election.” Here are a few takeaways:

  • Blue states tend to have older housing stock
  • Red states have the biggest homes
  • Homeownership rates are higher in red states


In other headlines:

Housing shortage eases in some markets – USA Today

New-home sales slip in August but top forecast – MarketWatch

Morning Minute: Don’t make these home renovation blunders

Home RenovationIf you are getting ready to tackle a home improvement project, don’t make renovation mistakes that could end up costing you more money in the long run or make design decisions that you might later regret.

A recent blog post, “Homeowners’ Worst Renovation Blunders (Are You Guilty of Any?),” features homeowner stories of renovations gone wrong.

In other headlines:

Why Are Sellers Still Hesitant? – REALTOR® Magazine Daily Real Estate news

Appraisal delays are gumming up home sales – Chicago Tribune

Republican plan to abolish Dodd-Frank passes committee, full House vote coming – HousingWire