Third Pro Standards Video gives 3 reasons why mediation tops arbitration

In many instances, mediation helps preserve the unique dynamic of cooperation between REALTORS® who are also in competition with each other, says REALTOR®/Trainer Diane Disbrow, GRI, CRS, ABR.

In “Professional Standards Toolkit 3 – The advantages of mediation,” Disbrow says mediations are better than arbitration because they promote communication between real estate agents and help both parties work better together in the future. Sometimes, the discussions reveal surprises that make resolutions come about more easily – such as buyer disloyalty.

Compared to arbitration hearings, mediations are:

  • Quicker,
  • Less formal and
  • Help restore the relationship between REALTORS®.

See all three videos in the Professional Standards Toolkit series.

Miller gets REALTOR® IE support in Freeport

Illinois REALTORS® mailed postcards to registered Freeport voters asking them to support Jodi Miller for mayor in the April 4 consolidated election.

The postcards are part of an independent expenditure campaign by Illinois REALTORS®. Independent expenditure activities take place in support of a candidate for public office without any coordination with the candidate or the candidate’s campaign.

The postcards say Miller wants to help businesses grow, better align skills training at local schools with business needs, and provide residents with property tax relief. Read more about Miller on her campaign’s Facebook page and support her if you reside in Freeport.


More REALTORS® need to speak out against rent control bill through Call for Action

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More Illinois REALTORS® need to voice their displeasure with House Bill 2430 so the proposal is stopped in committee or defeated by a vote.

Since March 6, more than 5,200 Illinois REALTORS® have said “no” to HB 2430 through the association’s Call for Action. The bill will repeal the Rent Control Preemption Act of 1997. Although its intent is to create rent control in Chicago, repealing the act would, by default, make rent control an option for all home rule units in Illinois, not just Chicago. To join your colleagues and tell House members HB 2430 is a threat to private property rights, click here.

Rent control is widely discredited by many – if not most – economists and many housing advocates. Rent control is counterproductive, is very complicated to administer and would have many unintended consequences. For a summary of reasons why REALTORS® object to HB 2430, go here.


Remember to vote daily for Illinois’ Melanie Stone

REALTOR® Melanie Stone

REALTOR® Melanie Stone of Coldwell Banker Residential Mortgage in Chicago can 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 for the Web Choice Award. 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 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.