Dan Bock, longtime Lincoln REALTOR®, dies at age 72

The Illinois Association of REALTORS® offers its deepest sympathy to the family of Dan Bock, a veteran REALTOR® who served on numerous IAR committees since 1994.

He owned Bock & Associates Realty in Lincoln. He was a managing broker, an appraiser and the owner of ABE Lincoln Appraisal Service.

A 2012 inductee of the RPAC Hall of Fame, Bock served on the IAR Spring Conference Working Group from 1997 through 2015, the IAR Convention Working Group from 1994 to 2003, the IAR Economic Development Working Group from 2007 through 2010, and was the chairman of the IAR Bylaws Committee in 2004 and 2005.

He is survived by his wife, June, his stepdaughter, Stephanie Elder, and members of his extended family.

Services and visitation will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lincoln, from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday (April 19). The funeral will be Monday (April 20) at 10:30 a.m.

See his obituary from the Lincoln Courier.

IAR members can download today’s legal webinar

Betsy Urbance

Keep yourself informed about a variety of legal issues – including a recent law affecting sellers of residential properties in unincorporated Cook County – by listening to today’s IAR Legal Webinar, titled “You Need to Know: Fair Housing and Rentals/Property Management.”

Members can log in and download a copy of the webinar or listen to an audio-only version.

Jeffrey Baker

The webinar was hosted by IAR Legal Hotline Attorney Betsy Urbance and IAR Transaction Helpline Attorney Jeffrey T. Baker.

For a list of previous webinars, members can log in and check the IAR Legal Webinar archives.

IAR receives Springfield ‘Good as Gold’ award

Illinois REALTORS® – Be proud of your association!

Wednesday night, the Illinois Association of REALTORS® was named to the 2015 Springfield Good as Gold Business Honor Roll for supporting volunteerism, organizing service efforts and-or financially supporting efforts of non-profits and charitable organizations in the Springfield area.

IAR was one of eight small businesses honored at last evening’s ceremony on the University of Illinois-Springfield (UIS) campus.

The annual Good as Gold Ceremony was established in 2009 to recognize the spirit and achievements of local volunteers and nonprofit organizations. It is organized by the UIS Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center, the United Way of Central Illinois and the Junior League of Springfield. Sponsors include the UIS College of Business and Management and the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce.

Award categories and their respective awards include:

  • Lifetime exceptional volunteer service (Distinguished Volunteer Award);
  • Annual volunteer service by individuals at each nonprofit area agency (Heart of Gold Award);
  • Nonprofit agency (Organization Agent of Service Award);
  • Volunteer younger than age 18 (Youth Volunteer award);
  • Staff or faculty members of UIS or Lincoln Land Community College (Star Faculty/Staff Award);
  • Current UIS or LLCC students (Star Student Award); and
  • Good as Gold Business Honor Roll.

Morning Minute: Real estate market sees steady growth, Federal Reserve reports

The housing market is steadily improving in most U.S. markets, according to the Federal Reserve’s latest Beige Book economic report. Buyer demand is improving in many markets, including Chicago, and home prices continue to rebound in many markets. Read HousingWire’s coverage of the data in the article, “Beige Book: Housing ready for spring home buying.

What’s happening in the Chicago district? Overall economic growth continued in March with modest gains in construction and real estate activity. Housing inventories remain low, but housing prices are rising, demand for residential and commercial construction is up and commercial activity is expanding. Read more.

In other headlines:

Beige Book: U.S. Economy Powers Through Headwinds – Wall Street Journal

March housing starts rise but miss estimates - USA Today

Fannie Offers Closing Cost Aid to First-Timers – NAR Daily Real Estate News


Early-bird rate ends at midnight for Spring Conference & Expo

Register before midnight tonight for the IAR Spring Conference & Expo in Collinsville, and you will save $20!

Illinois REALTORS® get the early-bird rate of $109 before tonight’s deadline. The rate goes up to $129 from April 16-27.

With nationally-known speakers like Joe Niego, Ashton Gustafson and Terry Watson, and continuing education with an experienced instructor like Lynn Madison, you’ll leave Collinsville with unbridled enthusiasm for the rest of the spring selling season. And don’t forget sessions with IAR Legal Hotline Attorney Betsy Urbance and IAR Transaction Helpline Attorney Jeff Baker.

This year’s event is scheduled for May 6 and 7 at the Gateway Conference Center in Collinsville. Check the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel for available rooms. The phone number is 618-345-2800.