ROTY Banquet tickets on sale until May 30

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

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:

Susan Gant of RE/MAX Executives Plus in Decatur will represent the Decatur Association of REALTORS®. Gant served as chair of the Macon Country Republican Women and a number of Decatur Association of REALTORS® committees. She serves on the Macon County Republican Central Committee and on the Decatur Association Board of Directors.

Ayn Bartok of All In One Real Estate Company in Harrisburg is from the Egyptian Board of REALTORS®. The former Egyptian president devoted herself to a variety of local and state REALTOR® committees and served as a state legislative contact. Along with being an RPAC Major Investor, she is an avid RPAC supporter.

Sharon Pratt of RE/MAX River Bend in Alton represents the Greater Gateway Association of REALTORS®. The managing broker/co-owner of RE/MAX River Bend recently received the 2016 YWCA Woman of Distinction Award. She serves on the Greater Gateway Board of Directors. She is very active in her community and church.

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

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

‘Experiential retail,’ 1031 exchanges, MIPIM among commercial issues discussed in DC

(l to r) REALTORS® Christopher Schramko, Deena Zimmerman and Mark Goodwin.

Illinois REALTORS® commercial members are busy in Washington, DC at the NAR Legislative Meetings and Trade Expo alongside their residential colleagues.

Illinois REALTOR® Global Business Council Chair Alex Ruggieri, CCIM led the NAR Commercial Real Estate Forum where items such as the MIPIM conference in Cannes, France next March and the Swanepoel Commercial Alert Report were presented. CAR member and NAR Commercial Liaison Deena Zimmerman shared her thoughts on an emerging commercial real estate trend called “experiential retail” where shopping now has become more than just a transaction, it is an experience.

NICAR leaders Mark Goodwin and Christopher Schramko attended the forum and then headed to Capitol Hill to meet with U.S. Reps. Randy Hultgren and Mike Quigley. Their expertise on 1031 exchanges, depreciation and infrastructure was an added value to the conversation.

Illinois REALTORS® Treasurer Dan Wagner also was on hand at the meeting with Senator Dick Durbin to explain the 1031 exchange and its importance to real estate and the U.S. economy.

Catching up: REALTORS® provide updates at state caucus


At the tail end of a week of meetings in Washington, D.C, Illinois REALTORS® gathered to share updates from a myriad of committee meetings.

Because NAR’s Midyear business meetings are so large, the state caucus provides a chance for brief committee updates on all aspects of the real estate industry. Illinois has a multitude o members who serve on committees.

  • Pradeep Shukla talked about the Federal Taxation Committee’s concern about the fate of the 1031 Like-Kind Exchange and the Mortgage Interest Deduction.
  • Piero Orsi talked about an emerging issue with solar panels. He said there have been an increasing number of cases where homebuyers are caught unaware by amounts owed on solar panels.
  • Christopher Tenggren related that new tiers were going to be established for RPAC giving levels. The tiers will go up in $25,000 increments.
  • Zeke Morris talked about the upcoming 50th anniversary of a commemoration of the Fair Housing Act.
  • Michael Oldenettel: Discussed the fact that there were many intellectual property lawsuits stemming from photo usage.
  • Gary Clayton: The new Bicentennial Plaza, a REALTOR® Community Partnership, will honor fair housing in the U.S.

The state caucus leads up to the Region 7 Caucus where REALTORS® from several states in the Midwest share reports. Pat Dalessandro of Illinois (and a former Illinois REALTORS® president) is Region 7 vice president.

20 for 20: Illinois REALTORS® hit every member of state’s congressional delegation

 

Every year, Illinois REALTORS® sets meetings with every single member of the state’s congressional delegation.

It’s a massive effort that beings many of the association’s members to Capitol Hill and allows them to meet one-on-one with representatives and senators.

This year, the association’s members met with virtually every member of the Congressional delegation, and if they couldn’t do that, they met with key staff to get the private property rights message across.

The effort requires trudging through at least five buildings and dealing with the scheduling changes brought about by called votes.

On Thursday, REALTORS® visited the offices of U.S. Reps. Mike Quigley, Adam Kinzinger, Dan Lipinski, Randy Hultgren and Danny Davis. They also met with U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth.

Illinois senators meet with REALTOR® delegation on Capitol Hill

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin laughs as he is introduced by Illinois REALTORS® Federal Political Coordinator Matt Ferrell at a meeting on Thursday. Both of the state’s senators met with REALTORS® in Washington, D.C. for legislative meetings. Photos: Jon Broadbooks

Illinois REALTORS® met the state’s U.S. senators in meetings on Thursday, a capstone to three days of meetings with elected officials on Capitol Hill.

U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth meets with Illinois REALTORS® on Thursday in the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C.

The Illinois delegation met with U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, in a meeting held in the Hart Senate Office Building. Durbin talked about prospects for tax reform, and listened as association members made the case for protecting private property rights.

Durbin was introduced by Illinois REALTORS® President Doug Carpenter and Federal Political Coordinator Matt Ferrell.

Later Thursday, REALTORS® met with U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, who heard about the need to protect the Mortgage Interest Deduction and the 1031 Like-Kind Exchange tax provision.

Duckworth was introduced by Treasurer-nominee Ed Neaves and Federal Political Coordinator Nancy Suvarnamani.