REALTORS® target point of sale inspection policy in Beach Park


REALTORS®, more than anyone, know how complicated and fragile the home selling process can be.

Every step of the home selling process, from contract to closing, and everything in between, can complicate and derail a home sale.  Introducing another prerequisite – the government home inspection – only serves to increase costs and create more opportunities to disrupt the transaction.

Only a small minority of Illinois municipalities require a government home inspection prior to sale.  And unlike state licensed private home inspectors, municipal inspectors have no minimal training or standards requirements, and sellers must correct any violations found by the government inspector.  Worse, government inspectors often nitpick over cosmetic rather than life-safety concerns.

For these reasons, the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS® (MORe) has teamed up with the Illinois REALTORS®, by way of the Real Property Alliance, to take aim at the Lake County village of Beach Park’s policy requiring an exterior inspection of one’s home prior to sale.  The two associations have launched a sophisticated advocacy campaign to take the message directly to Beach Park residents.

Through newspaper advertisements, electronic mail, and social media advertising, Beach Park residents have been directed to where they can learn even more about the issue and send a message to the Beach Park village board encouraging them to end point-of-sale inspections.  The campaign has been well received by the public and we are seeing a steady stream of property owners telling their village board to stop interfering with home sales.

“REALTORS® are not saying the village shouldn’t address code violations, but what makes it frustrating is code violations can be addressed at any time of the year by the village as opposed to right when a resident is trying to sell their home,” says Kris Seegren a REALTOR® and Beach Park resident. “I have never seen a municipal inspection make the transaction go smoother; in fact it just adds further points of contention between the parties at a late date in the transaction, sometimes causing sticking points of negotiation right at the closing table.”

Mainstreet offers RPAC headshot incentive to REALTORS® in June


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It’s a recurring source of humor in real estate circles: the outdated headshot photo. At some point in your career you’ve done a double take when an agent hands you a business card with a headshot that is a decade or more out of date. Perhaps you are the culprit – still using the headshot of a younger, less experienced version of yourself!

It is an easy task to put off. It takes time to find a good photographer, schedule the photo shoot and justify the expense. Now the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS® has removed these barriers! Mainstreet has scheduled a professional fashion photographer to travel to the association’s regional offices on Mondays in June to provide headshots to members in exchange for a small RPAC investment.

REALTORS® can choose from the basic package which includes electronic files of two poses with color editing or the premium package which includes electronic files of two poses with facial touch-ups and color editing. To get more information, click on the image to the left, then schedule your appointment by email or call 630-324-8436.

(The REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) solicits contributions from Illinois REALTORS® members only.)

Three more local ROTYs to recognize at June 6 ROTY banquet

Among the 24 local REALTORS® who’ll be honored at the 36th Annual REALTOR® of the Year Banquet will be Chris Wilbur, Patrick Dalessandro and Eve Bremen.

Sue Miller

The event will attract members from all over the state to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield on June 6. The guest of honor will be 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.

Here are some details about the three local winners mentioned above:

Chris Wilbur of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Bradley will represent the Kankakee-Iroquois-Ford Association of REALTORS®. Wilbur served as 2016 KIFAR president, chaired the Homebuyers Task Force and was instrumental in organizing the KIFAR Homebuyers Fair for the past three years. She is active on several KIFAR committees and chairs the Public Relations Committee.

Patrick Dalessandro of Coachlight Realty in Niles will represent the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®. He was the 1997 Illinois REALTORS® president and the 2008 Illinois REALTORS® REALTOR® of the Year. A former Federal Political Coordinator for Congressman Robert Dold, he’s served as a local president and on various state, local and national committees. He is the 2017 NAR Region 7 RVP.

Eve Bremen of Coldwell Banker Residential in Glencoe is the local ROTY for the North Shore Barrington Association of REALTORS®. Bremen served on numerous local committees and as NSBAR president-elect. She is active in local school and community organizations, including leadership positions for the Winnetka-Northfield and Glencoe chambers of commerce.

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

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

Mainstreet’s Shinners remembered as personable, invested leader

Illinois REALTORS® is saddened by the death of Margery Shinners, CEO of the Mainstreet Organization to REALTORS®, who died Tuesday.

Service arrangements can be found here.

Shinners had served as deputy CEO for Mainstreet since 2004, before taking over as CEO in December, 2016. She had been technology director of the Chicago-area REALTOR® organization prior to holding the other two positions.Margery was widely respected as a focused, personable leader who helped shepherd Mainstreet through many changes during her more than 20 years with the organization.

“Margery was deeply invested in serving Mainstreet’s members, and her leadership will be sorely missed,” said Doug Carpenter, president of Illinois REALTORS® and a member of the Mainstreet organization. “Margery’s expertise was valued by her colleagues throughout the industry, and our hearts go out to her family and many, many friends.”

Shinners had a bachelor’s degree in communications from DePaul University and a master’s degree in social work from Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois, Chicago.

Pam Krieter, who retired as Mainstreet’s CEO in December, will take over as interim CEO.

IAR Mourns Passing of John A. Veneris

The Illinois Association of REALTORS® lost a highly-respected and extraordinary leader on April 2nd with the passing of IAR Past President John A. Veneris, CRB, CRS. John was broker-owner of Realty Executives Pro/Team in Downers Grove.

He was deeply committed to volunteering within the REALTOR® Association at all levels–local, state and national. John served as president of the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS® in 1994 and was named its REALTOR® of the Year in 1992. In 2005, John served as president of Illinois Association of REALTORS® and in 2009 he was the IAR REALTOR® of the Year, an award given annually to a member who best exemplifies the professional qualities of a REALTOR® in the areas of leadership and civic, community and charitable causes.

John lent his expertise to many areas of the association including leadership development, technology, real estate finance, license law issues and governmental affairs initiatives.  He led by example and was a four-time “Golden R” for the REALTORS® Political Action Committee and a member of the National Association of REALTORS® RPAC Hall of Fame.

John served in key posts for the National Association of REALTORS® including as a member of the Public Policy Coordinating Committee, REALTORS® Political Involvement Committee, Executive Committee, as chairman of the Conventional Finance and Lending Committee and for numerous years as a member of the Board of Directors. In 2008, John served as NAR Regional Vice President for District 7 representing the states of Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin.

John had a constant passion for the real estate business which he made his career for 32 years. He was a unique individual who made a profound difference to the REALTOR® community and was a rare-breed among us: a natural-born leader. He went out of his way to be a coach and mentor to others and was always volunteering to step up to the plate to serve the REALTOR® Association at all levels. He was not only an influential leader but a consensus builder, trusted advisor, team organizer and touched the lives and hearts of many with his spirit for excellence.

I had the privilege of interviewing John on numerous occasions over the years for articles for Association publications and can personally attest to his dedication and enthusiasm for the real estate business and his interest to furthering his own professional development. He was always on the hunt to learn about new developments in technology for his own personal and business effectiveness and for the agents in his firm. He always went out of his way to be supportive to the IAR staff and to encourage our role and mission to serve the REALTORS® of the state of Illinois. John will be missed by many friends and colleagues.

Our deepest sympathy goes to his family including his wife Dee and sons Nick (Jennifer) and T.J..Visitation is Tuesday, April 6th, 3:00-9:00 p.m. at Adams Winterfield and Sullivan, 4343 Main Street Downers Grove, IL 60515.  Funeral services are Wednesday, April 7th at 10:00 a.m. at Calvary Church, 15101 S. 80th Avenue, Orland Park. Burial is at Interment Bronswood Cemetery, Oak Brook, Illinois. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society, 1801 S. Meyers Road, Suite 100, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181.