Congratulations to the newest IAR RPAC Ambassadors

Congratulations to the newest 1,000 Points of Light RPAC Ambassadors: Loretta Alonzo of Century 21 Alonzo & Associates, Jeff Gregory of Realty Executives Success, Karen Robertson of Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell, Tim Ryan of Real People Realty, Inc. and Vicky Turner of United Country Jim Burke Realty. Click here for program details.

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


Get Fall Conference & Expo mobile app on Tuesday

Go paperless! Be the first to get a preview of the 2014 IAR Fall Conference & Expo, Sept. 4-6 in Chicago when you download the mobile app for your smartphone next Tuesday.

With this mobile app, you’ll:

  • receive announcements and up-to-date event information;
  • view the event schedule;
  • read about each session and the background on featured speakers;
  • navigate the trade show hall with a map;
  • see useful comments, photos and ratings of each session;
  • expand your professional network; and
  • have fun!

Watch for download instructions in just a few days.

Keefe: Learning from others a great benefit to fall conference

Whether you’re a newcomer, an experienced pro or anything in between, you can benefit greatly from the people you meet at the 2014 IAR Fall Conference & Expo in Chicago says REALTOR® Kim Keefe of RE/Max Plaza in Woodstock.

Keefe, who estimates she’s attended eight conferences since becoming a real estate professional, says: “The takeaway of each conference may be different, but the consistency is the ability to meet and interact with real estate agents from across the state, discuss business practices and decide how to handle everyday situations.

“What keeps me coming back, first and foremost, is a thirst for learning,” she says. “But second is the people.”

Keefe appreciates the ability to network with other REALTORS® for referrals and to give colleagues a feel for the way she does business. “The more other agents and other REALTORS® get to know me, the more successful my business is. For example, when I say a home is ‘move-in ready,’ it’s move-in ready.”

A member of the Heartland REALTOR® Association, Keefe has also been involved in IAR activities since 2009. She was a member of the board of directors from 2009 through 2012. And she’s served on numerous IAR committees, including the working group for this year’s fall conference and inaugural banquet.

When asked what she’d say to a colleague if she discovered he or she wasn’t making the short trip to McCormick Place this year, Keefe says: “It’s local. It’s relevant, and it’s how we make our living. It’s important that we be there!”

Although registration has closed for the Fall Conference & Expo, walk-ins are welcome. Check the schedule to see what’s offered at specific times each day.