Buy ROTY Banquet tickets now for June 6 event

Order tickets now for the 36th Annual REALTOR® of the Year Banquet, scheduled for June 6 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield.

Sue Miller

The event will honor the accomplishments of 24 local association REALTORS® of the Year (ROTY) and the Illinois REALTOR® of the Year Sue Miller, managing broker for Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group, in McHenry. The reception begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:15 p.m. The deadline for ordering tickets is May 30. Tickets are $75 each.

Place your order online or use the ticket order form now.

Among those being honored are:

Dan Slagell of RE/MAX Choice, Bloomington is being honored by the Bloomington-Normal Association of REALTORS®. He’s served as a member of REALTOR® Land Institute, a state committee member and for many years on several local committees. He holds Certified Agent Real Estate Investor (CARI) and Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE) designations.

Michael Oldenettel of RE/MAX Professionals, Springfield will represent the Capital Area REALTORS®. He is an RPAC Hall of Famer, has served as Illinois REALTORS® 2013 president and Jacksonville Area Association of REALTORS® president. He serves as a Capital Area and NAR director and on local, state and national committees.

Mac Boyd of Farmers National Company, Arcola, is ROTY for the Central Illinois Board of REALTORS®. Boyd, who died last December, was an RPAC Hall of Famer, three-time chair of Illinois REALTORS® Political Fundraising Committee, member of the association’s board of directors and chair of the Professional Standards Committee. He was known for his encyclopedic knowledge of Illinois farmland.

The banquet is jointly sponsored by the Illinois REALTORS® and the Illinois Real Estate Educational Foundation (REEF).


See REALTORS® Thursday photo gallery from the Conference & Expo

Ayn Bartok presented REALTOR® Barbara Markham (left) with a Go Pro Camera in the prize drawing at the Expo Thursday. American Home Shield sponsored the event. Markham is with Re/Max Preferred Holden Realty Inc. in O’Fallon.

Networking, food and continuing education were part of the Illinois REALTORS® Conference & Expo in Collinsville Thursday.

During the morning session, Anthony Huey presented “Make your message memorable,” and the Expo full of more than 60 exhibitors continued to draw attention from REALTORS® through lunchtime. Participants visited each booth to qualify for a prize drawing for a Go Pro Camera donated by American Home Shield. REALTOR® Barbara Markham of Re/MAx Preferred Holden Realty Inc. in O’Fallon was the lucky winner of that prize. The REALTORS® Political Action Committee Raffle raised more than $3,000 for RPAC, with REALTOR® Loretta Alonzo-Deubel of Century 21 Affiliated in Westchester winning the drawing.

In the afternoon, Mark Given presented an elective CE “Negotiate like a pro,” to hundreds of REALTORS® at the Gateway Center during the afternoon session. Check out the photo gallery below to see if any of your colleagues were digitally captured by photographers.


4 takeaways from Lemons Ryhal

Lemons Ryhal

REALTORS® should adhere to the strictest of rules in order to be in alignment with all the layers of rules and regulations they must abide by, said Marki Lemons Ryhal during a break in the CE class she taught Wednesday afternoon.

Lemons Ryhal offered that tip and three others during a break in the Core B CE class, “Real Estate Compliance is Not a Game,” during the Illinois REALTORS® Conference & Expo at Gateway Center in Collinsville.

A second tip, she said, is to bridge the gap between REALTORS® and social media. For example, she says REALTORS® should be just as cautious about what they write online as they would on a printed piece of paper. For example, if they “Like” or “Share” an inappropriate Facebook post, they could lose potential business if a potential customer is offended. “Don’t say things at the expense of others’ feelings,” Lemons Ryhal said. “Never do things at expense of the buying and selling public.”

A third tip is to avoid “guilt by association” on social media by locking down groups on Facebook so that customers do not see potentially offensive viewpoints of friends or family members.

A fourth tip involves putting the needs of your customers ahead of your own. REALTORS® have to provide the minimum services and owe their clients obedience, loyalty, disclosure, confidentiality, accounting, and reasonable skill and care regardless of the compensation offered. Each company has the right to set a commission structure for their company as our industry does not have a standard, average or normal commission rate. Therefore, REALTORS® should not criticize other brokerages due to their commission structures.


Little things matter when REALTORS communicate says Huey

Anthony Huey speaks at the Illinois REALTORS Conference & Expo Thursday.

Preparation can make all the difference in the way REALTORS communicate with consumers, colleagues, elected officials and anyone affiliated with their business, says Anthony Huey of Reputation Management Associates.

Effective communication, he said, involves boiling down stock presentations into repeatable messages that can be recited from memory. His presentation, titled “Making Your Messages Memorable,” wrapped up Thursday morning programming at the Illinois REALTORS Conference & Expo.

Details matter, and the best way to communicate effectively is by videotaping presentations REALTORS regularly give, transcribing the presentations, editing the transcripts down, then practicing the scripts so that they can be delivered by memory.

“It’s not one thing that’ll change (the effectiveness of your communication),” said Huey. “It’s all the little things you do.”

Following Huey’s presentation, a prize drawing was held for the REALTOR® Relief Fund, and Alex Anderson of Strano and Associates was the lucky winner of a wagon of beverages. Approximately $2,000 was raised for the REALTOR® Relief Fund.