Illinois REALTOR®: Review the basics of staging for senior homes

In the April issue of Illinois REALTOR®, discover how you can stage the homes of mature owners using compassion and practicality. And you can do it without breaking the bank!

REALTORS® Leslie Ebersole and Craig Schiller of Baird & Warner’s Fox Valley office explain how to balance the sensitivity they must provide owners with the reality of showcasing the most attractive features of a house.

Then, get your customers the best price by using the seven steps outlined in “Staging the Senior Home. ”

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Opportunity Race: RPAC postcards advocate for Dalla Riva

Edwardsville residents received IAR RPAC postcards urging them to vote for REALTOR® Terri Dalla Riva for the Edwardsville School Board in the April 7 consolidated election.

The postcard lets voters know Dalla Riva will provide Edwardsville with a school board member who favors:

  • Reducing barriers to homeownership;
  • Keeping taxes low on working families;
  • Economic growth;
  • Support of small business; and
  • Protecting private property rights.

Dalla Riva is one of 13 individuals competing in April Opportunity Races in Illinois with IAR REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) support.

REALTORS® can make their votes count on April 7

One week from today, you can make sure your voice is heard by voting in the April 7 Illinois consolidated elections.

But if that date isn’t convenient for you, you can still participate by using early voting through Saturday (April 4). Through the early voting process, registered voters can cast a ballot prior to Election Day without explaining why. Get more information from the Illinois Board of Elections.

Remember, REALTOR®-friendly candidates are counting on your support.

Opportunity Race: RPAC urges vote for Chiles

Residents of Springfield’s 10th Ward received IAR RPAC postcards urging them to vote for Past IAR President and REALTOR® Phil Chiles for the Springfield City Council in the April 7 consolidated election.

The postcards let voters know Chiles will provide Springfield with an alderman who favors:

  • Reducing barriers to homeownership;
  • Keeping taxes low on working families;
  • Economic growth;
  • Support of small business; and
  • Protecting private property rights.

Chiles is one of 13 individuals competing in April Opportunity Races in Illinois with IAR REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) support. He has also received support by independent expenditures from the Illinois Association of REALTORS® Fund. Independent expenditures are made in support of candidates , but without coordination with the candidate’s campaign.

Messages that Move You

Register for IAR Capitol ConferenceAs a REALTOR®, you are well aware of barriers to even simple real estate transactions, that include taxes, mandates, fees and restrictions imposed at the state and local level. When policies and pieces of legislation go unchecked, property owners and home buyers can pay the price. Fortunately, REALTORS® have an influence. That’s what IAR’s Capitol Conference is all about.

Legislation has a profound effect on the ease with which you can do business.  As REALTOR® Patrick Zomparelli notes,”If we keep adding more and more expenses to these sellers who are already upside down or in trouble, it really makes it difficult to sell.” For some REALTORS®, HB1376 is a major concern. The bill would require homeowners to pay for a costly video sewer inspection before a property transaction could occur, even if the property was just recently built. This would particularly be a hardship on people involved in short sales. Thankfully, HB1376 is still awaiting floor action. As such, you still have time to influence your legislator by voicing your opinion as a REALTOR®.

“It’s fruitless to just sit there and say, ‘Oh, I wish I could do something,’ or ‘I don’t like this.’ If you don’t act, you don’t get anything done,” explained REALTOR® and Capitol Conference attendee Suzanne Hamilton. Sending a message to legislators can be as complicated as you make it. Sometimes an effective message is just taking the time to be present.

What’s the issue that moves you and will bring you to Springfield? Could there be a proposal you are not aware of yet that might impact your business? Some of the key areas of interest include:

  • Special Service Areas
  • Eviction Statute – Use and Occupancy Payments (House Bill 160)
  • Protecting Cook County Property Owners Against Erroneous Homestead Exemptions (Senate Bill 780)
  • Property Tax Refund in Lieu of State Income Tax Credit (House Bill 3824)

Whatever the concern, you can be sure that your attendance at the IAR Capitol Conference has a direct impact on protecting yourself and property owners. Why? Because legislators see you as visible evidence of their constituents’ concerns. Your appearance at Capitol Conference also sends the message that you care about your community. Don’t wait. Register today.  We will see you at Capitol Conference.

Register online or call 1-800-252-2910 by April 8.