Help Stone get Web Choice Award

REALTOR® Melanie Stone of Coldwell Banker Residential Mortgage in Chicago can win the Web Choice Award and become one of REALTOR® Magazine’s 30 Under 30 class of 2017 if she gathers the most online votes this week.

You can help by casting daily votes for her as she competes with 50 other finalists. REALTORS® can vote once every 24 hours for their favorite candidate through Friday, March 24. To vote, go to this page.

In addition to the Web Choice competition, 29 other 30 Under 30 winners will be chosen by judges. The announcement of all 30 Under 30 winners is scheduled for Monday, March 27.

For more information on Stone, go here.


Voting starts today for 30 Under 30 finalist Melanie Stone

REALTOR® Melanie Stone

Illinois REALTORS® can help boost the chances of the state’s only candidate for REALTOR® Magazine’s 30 Under 30 competition by voting once a day through March 24 for Melanie Stone. Vote here.

In October 2015, she conducted her first educational course for first-time buyers titled, “So You Want to Buy a Condo,” and the event went so well, she’s continued to offer it to companies like Uber, Havas, WeWork and GrubHub. Now, a 23-year-old associate broker for Coldwell Banker Residential Chicago, Stone sold $7.1 million in 2016.

As one of 50 finalists for the 30 Under 30 award, Stone can win an automatic spot by gaining the most votes over the next eight days. Friends, family and colleagues can visit the National Association of REALTORS® website and vote once a day. ”

Show your support for the only Illinois REALTOR® in the final 50 and vote for Stone.

Plan to help Chicago REALTOR® Stone gain ’30 Under 30′ honor

Melanie Stone

REALTOR® Melanie Stone of Coldwell Banker Residential Mortgage in Chicago was named one of 50 finalists for REALTOR® Magazine’s 30 Under 30 class of 2017. As the sole Illinoisan to get this far in this year’s competition, she has two ways to gain 30 Under 30 status.

One way to qualify is to get the most online votes from March 17 through March 24 for the Web Choice Award. REALTORS® can vote once every 24 hours for their favorite candidate. For more information, go to this page. The second way to qualify is by judging. Twenty-nine of the winners will be selected by judges.

The announcement of the 30 Under 30 is scheduled for March 27.

Stone works out of the Gold Coast Office but serves Andersonville, Bucktown, DePaul, Gold Coast, LakeView, Lincoln Park, Ravenswood, River North, River West, South Loop/Burnham Park, Ukrainian Village, Wicker Park, Chicago and Chicago Lawn areas.

She specializes in digital storytelling that includes videography, photography and social media strategy. She is the communications chair for the Chicago Chapter of the Women’s Council of Realtors and a committee member of the Professional Advisory Group for the Chicago Association of REALTORS®.

Williams to receive NHS honor March 16

Frank J. Williams

REALTOR® Frank J. Williams will receive the Gale Cincotta Community Visionary Award from the Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS) of Chicago, Inc., on Thursday, March 16 at the Sheraton Grand Chicago.

The NHS gives the Cincotta Community Visionary Award to leaders who help make their communities better places to work and live.

Williams (F.J. Williams Realty in Evergreen Park) has earned a reputation for encouraging fair housing legislation in Illinois during the last 20 years, reports the NHS. As early as the 1970s, he fought for African Americans to live in white dominated neighborhoods on the south side of Chicago. During this time, his own home in the Beverly neighborhood was bombed.

As president of the Chicago Association of REALTORS (CAR) from 1989 to 1990, he fought for fair housing and diversity. In 1991, he received the Illinois REALTORS® the first Distinguished Member Award for Community Service, and in 1992 he was CAR’s REALTOR® of the Year. He helped create a $25,000 scholarship for minority students to pursue real estate careers. Former Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley appointed Williams to serve on the Affordable Housing Task Force and the Real Estate Services Advisory Council.

From 1979 to 1985, he was president of the Southside Chicago branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He helped create a housing discrimination monitoring program, and he campaigned for minority hiring in the real estate industry.

Williams will receive the award at the NHS 42nd Annual Awards Dinner, Sheraton Grand Chicago, 301 E. Water St., in Chicago. Tickets are available by contacting Lakesha Nelson by phone at 773-329-4138 or email or online.

Video explains why ‘No Other’ campaign so important to Asian Americans

During 2016, REALTOR® Vicky Silvano helped play an important role in having the U.S. Census Bureau create a separate category for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. She served as the national chair for the Asian Real Estate Association of American (AREAA) during that time and appeared in a video used by the organization for public awareness.

Watch for further developments on this issue during 2017.

Silvano is a broker for Century 21 SGR, Inc.,in Chicago. For more information about her, go here and here.

For information about AREAA, go here.