Silver says Leadership Development ‘invaluable.’ Apply by Nov. 30

Matt Silver, CRS, GRI, Immediate Past President, Chicago Association of REALTORS® and Illinois REALTORS® Board of Directors

Matt Silver, Partner and Senior Broker at Urban Real Estate in Chicago, credits the Illinois REALTORS® Leadership Development Program for his rise up the ranks of association leadership. Silver is immediate past president of Chicago Association of REALTORS® and serves on the Illinois REALTORS® Board of Directors.

“After having just completed my term as President of the Chicago Association of Realtors, I truly owe my run up through the chairs, and the confidence to do so,  to my Illinois REALTORS® Leadership academy experience,” Silver says. “I met future leaders and gained the insight and knowledge necessary to determine MY style and to be confident and comfortable moving into these positions.”

Applications are due November 30 for the program, which only accepts 12 new candidates per year: Apply now.

“The detailed knowledge base and in-depth insights to our state Association was worth it alone,” Silver says. “The why and how of Illinois REALTORS® lobbying efforts, and my own for that matter, regarding the political landscape enabled me to have a grassroots base of knowledge (FPC Role) and awaken my desire to be active at the Local, State, and National levels supporting the REALTOR® Party.”

Silver says the benefits of the program go beyond exploring your leadership potential. “This isn’t just a leadership program but a life-altering series on introspection and the creation of bonded friendships,” he says.

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Online CE courses now available for broker renewal

online CE courses for brokersDo you need continuing education courses for broker license renewal? The Illinois REALTORS® Licensing & Training Center now offers new online CE courses that you can complete from the comfort of your home or office.

Brokers who were first licensed before February 1, 2016 can purchase a complete 12-hour online CE package or individual 3-hour online CE courses to meet their license renewal requirements.

Think you can’t take an online course? Yes, you can. Nothing beats the convenience of taking courses and exams at home. Online CE courses are simply the fastest, easiest way to earn the continuing education credits you need.

Shop for courses in the Illinois REALTORS® Store, and visit the Broker Renewal page to review license renewal requirements.



Get “The 411 on Commercial Real Estate”

If you would like a better appreciation for the complexity of commercial real estate transactions, check out a new video resource available to Illinois REALTORS® members.

The 411 on Commercial Real Estate: What You Need to Know is a 3-hour video in a conversational format. Two experts discuss some of the intricacies commercial brokers encounter that may be foreign to residential brokers.

Learn what types of transactions to refer and gain a deeper appreciation for this fascinating extension of real estate practice. The timed outline of the video’s content is available on the Illinois REALTORS® commercial page.

This resource was developed as an initiative by the Illinois REALTORS® Commercial Committee and is free to all members. In the future, members may be able to purchase this video for CE credit.

The 411 on Commercial Real Estate: What You Need to Know is a good touchstone for brokers to understand the depth of training needed by commercial REALTORS®.

Qualifying veterans may use GI Bill® benefits for real estate education

Veterans who want to start a career in real estate may apply for GI Bill® benefits for pre-license classroom courses taken through branches of the Illinois REALTORS® Licensing & Training Center.

How to qualify:

More than 65 classroom branches are available. Check the Pre-License Class Calendar for dates and locations.

Qualifying veterans will receive reimbursement from the training center where they took pre-license courses. Learn more from the Illinois REALTORS® website.

Earn the Green Designation December 5-6, 2017

Illinois REALTORS® in conjunction with Egyptian Board of REALTORS® is sponsoring the two-day Green designation course December 5-6, 2017 at John A. Logan College in Carterville, Illinois. Register by calling 618-364-0046.

Classes will be held from 9 am-4:30 pm both days, and participants will earn the Green designation and 6 hours of elective CE credit. Lunch is provided both days and parking is available. The member price is $95. Non-members pay $105.

The Green designation course provides instruction on how to market the benefits of high performance green features and smart home technology. Participants will gain an understanding of buyers’ and sellers’ expectations of green features and the advantages of a sustainable business model.