Morning Minute: NAR fights to keep net neutrality for agents and brokers

The NAR says a proposal to change Internet governance could cost REALTORS® more and limit access. (Bigstock Images)

The National Association of REALTORS® has joined a group of businesses in opposing a proposed change to the way the Internet is governed and has warned the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) the change could cause unequal access to content.

Monday is the deadline for collecting public comment to the FCC’s plan, which would allow providers to enter into deals with websites to provide faster service in exchange for fees, among other items. Read “NAR to FCC: Real Estate Needs Open Internet” for more details.

In other headlines:

Foreign investment in real estate surges 49 percent HousingWire,

What if couples want to retire to different places? — MarketWatch/Wall Street Journal.


Chicago Agent’s Who’s Who lists Illinois REALTORS®

Source: Chicago Agent

From Mack Alsaidi to Deena Zimmerman, Chicago Agent has its annual list of some of the best in the real estate business as part of the publication’s 2017 Who’s Who.

Included in the feature is Illinois REALTORS® leadership team, made up of President Doug Carpenter, President-elect Matt Difanis, Treasurer Dan Wagner and Immediate Past President Mike Drews.

See the feature online here, or check your mailbox for a copy. The latest issue should be arriving this week.

Is your corporate license in danger of becoming inoperative?

Source: Bigstock

More than 450 real estate businesses have lapses in their corporate licenses, according to IDFPR. These licenses are currently in “non-renewed” status, and if they are not restored by July 31, they will become listed as “inoperative.” Inoperative status means a firm could no longer legally do business in the state.

Illinois REALTORS® will be sending email notices to the entities affected, but anyone who wants to check on license status can do so by following this link. If you do need to restore your entity license, you’ll have to fill out a form and send it with a check including late fees to IDFPR for license restoration (there is no online option). IDFPR can be reached at 888-473-4858 or call Illinois REALTORS® at 217-529-2600.

Note: If you don’t restore the entity license, all licenses sponsored by that entity rick unlicensed practice complaints.

Levitt third Spotlight Series speaker at REALTOR® Conference and Expo

Economist, author and University of Chicago professor Steven Levitt will share ideas REALTORS® can use to enhance their businesses at the REALTOR® Conference & Expo in Chicago on Sunday, Nov. 5.

Register today.

Levitt is the third of four entrepreneurs outside the real estate industry who’ll present during the Spotlight Series at the conference. REALTORS® may be familiar with two books he’s co-authored, Freakonomics (2005) and SuperFreakonomics (2009). He also is a co-author of the Freakonomics Blog.

Freakonomics was on the New York Times Best Seller list for more than two years and consumers bought more than 5 million copies. Levitt’s books and many of the articles he wrote for media publications apply his knowledge of economics to real-life issues such as gangs, abortion, prostitution, guns, global warming, seat belts and car seats, according to Levitt’s website.

Levitt is the William B. Ogden Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago. He also directs the Becker Center on Chicago Price Theory. He’s been with the university since 1997.

In 2004, he was honored with the John Bates Clark Medal as the most influential economist under 40 years of age. Two years later, Time magazine named him one of “100 People Who Shape Our World.”

Make sure you register for a Premier Access pass or the Nov. 5 one-day registration to attend Levitt’s presentation. The first Spotlight Series speaker is Erin Meyer on Friday, Nov. 3, followed by Desirée Rogers on Saturday, Nov. 4.

The REALTOR® Conference & Expo runs Nov. 3-6 at the McCormick Place West Building. Get more information.


Elected officials joined REALTORS® in tribute to Goodwin

REALTOR® Daniel L. Goodwin, Chairman and CEO of Inland Real Estate Group of Companies, Inc. is featured in the July edition of Illinois REALTOR® as the first recipient of the state association’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Goodwin received the award in late April during the REALTORS® Political Action Committee’s Pacesetter VIP event at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield. In attendance were: Gov. Bruce Rauner, Speaker of the House Mike Madigan, former Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno, House Republican Leader Jim Durkin and many others.

Daniel L. Goodwin

Read the article in the digital edition of Illinois REALTOR®. See photos of the event on the Illinois REALTORS® blog.