Video key to REALTORS® success in future — YPN-WCR program

(l to r) Marki Lemons Ryhal and Carrie Bey-Little

Whether trying to market themselves to future customers or enhancing their own image, REALTORS® will need to use video to be successful said Marki Lemons Ryhal and Carrie Bey-Little at the first event of the 2017 Capitol Conference & Lobby Day event Monday afternoon.

REALTORS® gathered at the President Abraham Lincoln Springfield — a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel to listen to Ryhal and Bey-Little share ideas for using video effectively, titled “How to Make Yourself Famous, Become your Local Celebrity.”

“I believe all REALTORS® should use video because it can be repurposed more easily than other forms of social media,” said Ryhal, who spoke about Facebook Live, must-have video tools and other forms of social media.

Their discussion preceded another discussion “Be a Media Darling in Your Local Community,” by Illinois REALTORS® Vice President of Communications Jon Broadbooks and CAR Director of Marketing & Communications Jessica Kern.

The session concluded with REALTORS® volunteering to make their own video.

Check the photo gallery below.

Record turnout expected Tuesday at Capitol Conference & REALTOR® Lobby Day

Julie Sullivan and more than 700 REALTORS® are expected to visit Springfield Tuesday.

A record number of Illinois REALTORS® is expected Tuesday at the 2017 Capitol Conference and REALTOR® Lobby Day in Springfield.

A quick-hitting video by Director of Political and Legislative Affairs Julie Sullivan outlines the day’s agenda, provides a short list of issues that will be discussed with legislators and sets the scene for an exciting day. Watch the video.

Tuesday is the lawmakers’ first day back in Springfield after a two-week spring break, and more than 700 REALTORS® will not be the only constituents converging on the State Capitol that afternoon. The Illinois Women March on Springfield has announced plans for a press conference and rally the same day.

TRAR, Illini Valley lend help to nearby tornado victims

Illini Valley Association of REALTORS® CEO Gail Pyszka receives a stack of VISA gift cards from Three Rivers Association of REALTORS® CEO David McClintock.

The Three Rivers Association of REALTORS® (TRAR) and the Illini Valley Association of REALTORS® are working together to supplement assistance given by the American Red Cross and other relief organizations to victims of last week’s tornadoes in LaSalle County.

TRAR donated $500 in VISA cards and delivered them to Illini Valley last weekend. Illini Valley CEO Gail Pyszka thanked TRAR CEO David McClintock and President Matt Persicketti for the speed of the donation.

Three Rivers was very generous. They drove down with $500 in gift cards,” Pyszka said.

“Having been through two terrible tornadoes in the last three years, we were certain they could use the funds immediately,” said McClintock.

“We have been distributing applications for disaster relief from the Illinois REALTORS® Relief Foundation at the Multi Agency Resource Center (MARC) in Ottawa, as well as 80 Wal-Mart gift cards Illinois REALTORS® donated. Illini Valley members donated gift cards too.”

Several Illini Valley REALTORS® living in the affected area had damage to their homes and property, she said.

See the blog post about the tornadoes.

 

IAR, local associations ready to help latest Illinois tornado victims

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While local REALTOR® associations work with community leaders to find the best ways to help this week’s tornado victims in communities like Coal City, Sublette and Mendota, IAR members and non-members can also contribute to the Illinois REALTORS® Relief Foundation (IRRF).

According to the National Weather Service, nine tornadoes hit northern Illinois communities as storms raked across the state Monday evening and early Tuesday morning.  Numerous minor injuries and power outages were reported, but no deaths. The largest tornado was an EF-3 in Coal City (Grundy County) with winds of 136 to 165 miles per hour, reported ABC-7 Eyewitness News. An EF-2 tornado struck a campground in Sublette (Lee County) causing extensive damage, while an EF-1 hit south of Mendota (LaSalle County).  On Tuesday, Governor Bruce Rauner declared Grundy and Lee counties as disaster areas.

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TRAR members helping in Coal City area

Three Rivers Association of REALTORS® Chief Executive Officer David McClintock says individual members of the local association have already volunteered during Coal City clean-up efforts. Coal City resident and REALTOR® Andy Cook of Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell in Morris told McClintock the expected number of volunteers for Friday will be “significant.” REALTOR® Debbie Bell of Baird & Warner in Plainfield spent a day helping a Morris attorney whose house took on water. McClintock adds that he will deliver a donation to the Community Foundation of Grundy County on behalf of TRAR for $1,000 today.

“Later next week, we will consider other forms of gifts based on a report from our members of what’s still needed,” says McClintock.

As more information on local tornado relief efforts becomes available, IAR will share it here.

Several ways for all to help

IRRF, a 501(c)(3) organization, was established by IAR last year to help Illinois residents living in communities affected by natural disasters. Donations are tax-deductible and can be made online or via mail: IRRF, 522 S. Fifth St., Springfield, IL 62701. Victims can apply for $500 in assistance on a first-come, first-served basis.

In addition, the NAR offers the REALTORS® Relief Foundation offers housing-related assistance to victims of disasters. You can donate to it online or by mail (REALTORS® Relief Foundation, c/o NAR, 430 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611).