Tools can show your support for families that want to own homes

Visit the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development website now for information you can share with local news media about families who beat the odds and purchased a home with help from a housing counseling agency.

The National Homeownership Month Toolkit provides talking points and key messages, HUD press contact information, stories and infographics about 12 families that attained homeownership.

Even though only a week remains in National Homeownership Month, the work to help these Americans “Dare to Own the Dream” continues year-round.


Video uses personalities to attract REALTORS® to Chicago

Chicagoan Rebecca Thomson is one of seven REALTORS® whose communication skills are put to the test in the video titled “8 Seconds.”

Each is challenged to spontaneously develop an eight-second message that will convince colleagues to attend the NAR Conference & Expo, titled “The Sky’s the Limit,” in Chicago Nov. 3-6. See how they respond to the pressure in this video.

Rebecca Thomson

More importantly, will you respond to their call to join them? Register here.

Thomson, vice president of agent development for @properties, is president-elect for the Chicago Association of REALTORS® and a member of the Illinois REALTORS® Board of Directors. Thomson is co-chair for the Conference & Expo and a member of the National CEO Search Committee. She continues her service as a National Director and is a proud RPAC Golden R President’s Circle Member.

Other REALTORS® featured in this creative effort included:

  • Stefanie Ainge Hahn, Collegeville, Pa.;
  • Sharon Keating, Jefferson City, Mo.;
  • Alicia Matheson, Orlando, Fla.;
  • Kevin Sears, Springfield, Mass.;
  • Erica Solomon, Baltimore, Md.; and
  • Joey Tucker, Athens, Ga.

MRED named a finalist for 2017 Inman Innovator Award

Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED) was one of nine finalists named this week for 2017 Inman Innovator Awards in the combined category of Most Innovative MLS or Association.

The 2017 Inman Innovators will be revealed at Inman Connect in San Francisco the week of Aug. 7-11.

“We are honored to celebrate so much creativity and invention,” said Inman publisher Brad Inman. “Never in the history of the Innovator Awards has there been so much innovation and, therefore, never has our list of finalists been so large — these are exciting times.”

MRED provides multiple listing service for more than 40,000 brokers throughout the Chicagoland area, northern Illinois, southern Wisconsin and northwest Indiana. MRED provides more than 20 products and services to its customers. In 2016, it received Gold Certification for Web API from the Real Estate Standard Organization (RESO). RESO provides standards for real estate organizations working to enhance the development and delivery of data processing.


5 resources Illinois REALTORS® just can’t do without

Jeff Baker at MREDpalooza Tuesday.

When Sorling Northrup Attorney Jeff Baker presented “Summer School: Agency 101” at MREDpalooza Tuesday in Rosemont, he addressed many aspects of agency in Illinois. Illinois REALTORS® has more than 50 free downloadable forms, contracts, brochures and manuals available to members, some of which pertain to agency.


Five of the helpful resources Illinois REALTORS® consistently sees requests for, or that are useful for understanding agency, are:

  • Consumer’s Guide to Real Estate Agency in Illinois;
  • Agency Compliance Manual;
  • Teams and the Illinois Real Estate Brokerage Firm;
  • Exclusive Brokerage Agreements & Minimum Services; and
  • The P.A. (Personal Assistant) Manual.

Of those five, printed copies of the Consumer’s Guide are also available in packages of 50.