Three Rivers members partner with Joliet and community organizations to promote home ownership

Karen Robertson, TRAR immediate past president, thanked Alfredo Melesio, Joliet’s director of neighborhood services, for explaining the city’s down payment assistance program.

The Three Rivers Association of REALTORS® (TRAR) hosted a luncheon Feb. 11 for members to learn more about the City of Joliet’s down payment assistance program and an April 9 Housing Expo for renters and commuters in the Joliet area.

Alfredo Melesio, Joliet’s director of neighborhood services, introduced the program and explained some of the ways they plan to reach out to potential home  buyers. He then introduced Marla Youngblood and Patricia Venziano from the Will County Center for Community Concerns, the not-for-profit organization managing the down payment assistance program.

Youngblood and Venziano provided an overview of qualifications, available funding and the criteria that must be met for transactions. Local Government Affairs Director Gideon Blustein discussed the housing expo and the city-wide open house that will target Joliet renters and workers who commute into Joliet. TRAR members were enthusiastic to introduce the down payment assistance program to their clients and excited to help make the housing expo a great success.

REALTORS® Hear Another Chapter in Black History

Author Beryl Satter (left) and NAREB Chicago Chapter President, Tracey Taylor (right)

Author Beryl Satter (left) and NAREB Chicago Chapter President, Tracey Taylor (right)

The Dearborn Realtist Board, which is the Chicago Chapter of the NationalAssociation of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB), came together in honor of Black History month at the Chicago Urban League yesterday and hosted author, Beryl Satter.  Ms. Satter, a Chicago native, wrote “Family Properties: How the Struggle Over Race and Real Estate Transformed Chicago and Urban America”.  This book was inspired by the work of her late father, Mark J. Satter, who became passionate about the plight of black homeowners when he discovered in 1957 the pattern of overcharging this population for their properties through speculation, contact sales and subsequent white flight.

Some Chicago neighborhoods still struggle to recover and Chapter President Tracey Taylor stressed how important and powerful this program was to highlight Black History month and “the core mission and purpose of the Dearborn Realist board to champion the cause for democracy and equality in housing.”
Ms. Satter was happy to be able to share her book and stated that she learned more this afternoon than she actually shared.  Through listening to a robust discussion on ideas to revitalize these areas and rebuild community she said “I heard more exciting ideas in 10 minutes here than I have in the last several years!”
Created in 1941 the Dearborn Realist Board mission is “social justice, civic accountability, and to provide access economic opportunities to Real Estate Brokers,  through real estate training and networking.” 
(Pictured is Author, Beryl Satter and NAREB Chicago Chapter President, Tracey Taylor)

AREAA Chicago Celebrates Leadership and Indian Culture

IMG_20160211_191833 (1)Last evening at the famous Stan Mansion in Chicago, IAR Leadership, President Mike Drews and President-Elect Doug Carpenter shared in the festivities at the Installation Gala of the Chicago Chapter of the Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA).
2016 Chapter Chairman, Kashyap Trivedi was honored at the Gala with an Indian theme complete with Bollywood dancers and henna hand art.  The tremendous turn-out reflected the continued growth of the Chapter which is now one of the largest in the country and is proud to have Vicky Silvano, one of it’s board members also currently serving as the AREAA National Chair.
IAR sponsored the event and had the opportunity to share information on the recently launched consumer website “Real Property Alliance”.  It was a great evening of networking and celebration.
Installed were Kashyap Trivedi, Chair, Maurel Samonte, Vice Chair, Suchi Bhagat, Secretary, Michelle Shang, Treasurer and board members, Elizabeth Goodchild, Joanne Hyun, Sagar Patel, Tuyen Nguyen, Jeff Scholly, Joo Kang, John Manglardi Jr., and Marsha Collins-Mroz.
From left, Michelle Shang, Treasurer, Kashyap Trivedi, Chair, Ann Trandai, Past Chair, Mary Murray, Past President, Vicky Silvano, National Chair, Mike Drews, IAR President, Sharon Gorrell, Global Working Group Staff Liaison, Doug Carpenter, IAR President-Elect.

REALTORS®: Mark your calendar for Feb. 18 Legal Webinar

Affiliated Businesses & Marketing Service Agreements - Feb 18, 2016

Illinois REALTORS® can participate in the Feb. 18 IAR Legal Webinar, “Affiliated Businesses & Marketing Service Agreements,” starting at 9:30 a.m., with Jeffrey T. Baker, IAR Transaction Helpline Attorney and Betsy Urbance, IAR Legal Hotline Attorney.

If members have a question they’d like addressed during the webinar, they can send them in advance to: Although questions can be submitted during the webinar, preference will be given to those received in advance.

Since space is limited for webinars, IAR members who aren’t able to log in will be able to access a recording within 48 hours of its completion.To register for this members-only webinar, go to: