Chicago Agent’s Who’s Who lists Illinois REALTORS®

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From Mack Alsaidi to Deena Zimmerman, Chicago Agent has its annual list of some of the best in the real estate business as part of the publication’s 2017 Who’s Who.

Included in the feature is Illinois REALTORS® leadership team, made up of President Doug Carpenter, President-elect Matt Difanis, Treasurer Dan Wagner and Immediate Past President Mike Drews.

See the feature online here, or check your mailbox for a copy. The latest issue should be arriving this week.

Is your corporate license in danger of becoming inoperative?

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More than 450 real estate businesses have lapses in their corporate licenses, according to IDFPR. These licenses are currently in “non-renewed” status, and if they are not restored by July 31, they will become listed as “inoperative.” Inoperative status means a firm could no longer legally do business in the state.

Illinois REALTORS® will be sending email notices to the entities affected, but anyone who wants to check on license status can do so by following this link. If you do need to restore your entity license, you’ll have to fill out a form and send it with a check including late fees to IDFPR for license restoration (there is no online option). IDFPR can be reached at 888-473-4858 or call Illinois REALTORS® at 217-529-2600.

Note: If you don’t restore the entity license, all licenses sponsored by that entity rick unlicensed practice complaints.

Two honored posthumously for service to Illinois REALTOR® organizations

Two REALTOR® association executives were posthumously honored for their service to members with a top award for leadership.

Margery Shinners

Margery Shinners, who was CEO of the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®, and Deb Borgwald, who was association executive with the Danville Area Board of REALTORS®, were announced as recipients of the Rhino Award at a meeting of association leaders in St. Charles on Thursday.

Shinners died in April. Borgwald died in June. Both had contributed many years of service to their associations.

The Danville association has 81 REALTOR® members. Mainstreet has 16,453.

The announcement was made by Illinois REALTORS® CEO Gary L. Clayton who noted that despite the disparity in the organizations’ sizes, the commitment and passion to serve members was equal.

Deb Borgwald

Both Borgwald and Shinners have been honored with contributions to a fund administered by the Illinois Real Estate Educational Foundation to further training opportunities for women leading associations.

The Rhino Award is given annually to REALTORS® who show strength and loyalty — attributes of the award’s namesake animal — in their roles leading local REALTOR® associations.

Learn how to protect your business from cybercrime at IDFPR conference

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Worried about hackers, computer viruses and wire fraud?

If you aren’t, you should be.

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation has put together a presentation on cybersecurity for real estate practitioners that should help protect your business.

The Cybersecurity Conference is 8:30 a.m.-noon June 6, in Chicago at the James R. Thompson Center auditorium and is open to all Illinois REALTORS®.

The session features presentations from an FBI special agent, industry leaders and includes a demonstration on how easy it is for hackers to get into your systems.

In light of the recent “Wannacry” computer malware infestation, this session could save you money and a lot of hassle. The agenda for the conference is here.

The IDFPR Cybersecurity Conference is sponsored in partnership with Illinois REALTORS®, the National Association of REALTORS® and a host of industry-affiliated organizations and firms.

The Thompson Center is located at 100 W. Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601.

Look for Illinois REALTORS® April housing report Wednesday

Geoffrey J.D. Hewings

Wednesday morning, the Illinois REALTORS® will release its April 2017 housing report, with data breakdowns for the state of Illinois, city of Chicago and the nine-county Chicago Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area (PMSA). Also included will be a housing market forecast by Geoffrey J.D. Hewings, director of the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory at the University of Illinois.

Members of the statewide association can access member-only market statistics by using their passwords.