Mainstreet offers RPAC headshot incentive to REALTORS® in June


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It’s a recurring source of humor in real estate circles: the outdated headshot photo. At some point in your career you’ve done a double take when an agent hands you a business card with a headshot that is a decade or more out of date. Perhaps you are the culprit – still using the headshot of a younger, less experienced version of yourself!

It is an easy task to put off. It takes time to find a good photographer, schedule the photo shoot and justify the expense. Now the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS® has removed these barriers! Mainstreet has scheduled a professional fashion photographer to travel to the association’s regional offices on Mondays in June to provide headshots to members in exchange for a small RPAC investment.

REALTORS® can choose from the basic package which includes electronic files of two poses with color editing or the premium package which includes electronic files of two poses with facial touch-ups and color editing. To get more information, click on the image to the left, then schedule your appointment by email or call 630-324-8436.

(The REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) solicits contributions from Illinois REALTORS® members only.)

Morning Minute: Mortgage rates hit 2017 low, Freddie Mac reports

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Mortgage interest rates fell below 4 percent this week and marked the lowest levels so far this year, Freddie Mac reported today.

A 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.95 percent while the 15-year, fixed-rate mortgage dropped to 3.19 percent. Read more from Freddie Mac.

In other headlines:

Existing-Home Sales Slip 2.3 Percent in April; Days on Market Falls to Under a Month – National Association of REALTORS®

Opinion: 9 signs the housing market will only get hotter in 2017 – MarketWatch

Three more local ROTYs to recognize at June 6 ROTY banquet

Among the 24 local REALTORS® who’ll be honored at the 36th Annual REALTOR® of the Year Banquet will be Chris Wilbur, Patrick Dalessandro and Eve Bremen.

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The event will attract members from all over the state to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield on June 6. The guest of honor will be 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.

Here are some details about the three local winners mentioned above:

Chris Wilbur of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Bradley will represent the Kankakee-Iroquois-Ford Association of REALTORS®. Wilbur served as 2016 KIFAR president, chaired the Homebuyers Task Force and was instrumental in organizing the KIFAR Homebuyers Fair for the past three years. She is active on several KIFAR committees and chairs the Public Relations Committee.

Patrick Dalessandro of Coachlight Realty in Niles will represent the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®. He was the 1997 Illinois REALTORS® president and the 2008 Illinois REALTORS® REALTOR® of the Year. A former Federal Political Coordinator for Congressman Robert Dold, he’s served as a local president and on various state, local and national committees. He is the 2017 NAR Region 7 RVP.

Eve Bremen of Coldwell Banker Residential in Glencoe is the local ROTY for the North Shore Barrington Association of REALTORS®. Bremen served on numerous local committees and as NSBAR president-elect. She is active in local school and community organizations, including leadership positions for the Winnetka-Northfield and Glencoe chambers of commerce.

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

(This is the fifth in a series of stories highlighting local REALTORS® of the Year and the Illinois REALTOR® of the Year. Read the first, second, third and fourth stories.)

Learn how to protect your business from cybercrime at IDFPR conference


Worried about hackers, computer viruses and wire fraud?

If you aren’t, you should be.

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation has put together a presentation on cybersecurity for real estate practitioners that should help protect your business.

The Cybersecurity Conference is 8:30 a.m.-noon June 6, in Chicago at the James R. Thompson Center auditorium and is open to all Illinois REALTORS®.

The session features presentations from an FBI special agent, industry leaders and includes a demonstration on how easy it is for hackers to get into your systems.

In light of the recent “Wannacry” computer malware infestation, this session could save you money and a lot of hassle. The agenda for the conference is here.

The IDFPR Cybersecurity Conference is sponsored in partnership with Illinois REALTORS®, the National Association of REALTORS® and a host of industry-affiliated organizations and firms.

The Thompson Center is located at 100 W. Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601.