REALTORS® get discount on commercial real estate courses

Interested in commercial real estate? REALTORS® receive a special discounted registration rate on most courses from the Certified Commercial Investment Member Institute.


CCIM Institute courses are taught by established practitioners who provide insight into financial analysis, market analysis and negotiation techniques. CCIM Institute provides REALTORS® with practical tools they can use immediately.


Below are some of the online and Illinois classroom courses of interest to commercial and residential real estate agents alike.  

Boost your credibility, learn to make informed decisions and close more deals by enhancing your education with online or classroom courses from CCIM Institute and the IAR Licensing & Training Center.

Morning Minute: NAR infographic looks at commercial sales so far this year

Commercial sales volume and property prices are up in both large and small markets, according to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). See NAR’s infographic on the commercial market for the first half of 2015 and find more information about commercial real estate trends at

Source: National Association of REALTORS®

Vote daily for Goodwin to win NAR Web Choice Award

Daniel L. Goodwin

Remember to cast daily votes before Sept. 25 for Illinois REALTOR® and NAR RPAC Investors Hall of Fame member Daniel L. Goodwin as he awaits the announcement for REALTOR® Magazine’s 2015 Good Neighbor Awards.

Goodwin is the chairman and chief executive officer for the Inland Real Estate Group, Inc., of Oak Brook, and one of 10 finalists for the Good Neighbor Award. Five winners will be announced on Sept. 30 and each will receive grants for their respective charities. But until Sept. 25, members of the general public can vote for daily for the finalists. The finalist who gets the most votes will be named the 2015 Web Choice winner and will be given an additional $1,000 grant for his or her charity.

In 1994, Goodwin founded a non-profit – the New Directions Housing Corp. – that supplies low-income Illinois residents with affordable housing. In those 21 years, New Directions has built or rehabilitated more than 500 multi-family units.

Find out more about Goodwin, the finalists and their charities.

Join NICAR for lunch forum Sept. 15 in Lombard

Learn more about the reasons businesses either leave or stay in Illinois when the Northern Illinois Commercial Association of REALTORS® (NICAR) hosts a commercial lunch forum on Sept. 15 at Harry Caray’s at Yorktown Center in Lombard.

The luncheon, which is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m., is open to NICAR members and their guests. Cost is $35 each. Register now!

Scheduled panelists for, “Why businesses leave Illinois and why businesses choose Illinois,” are:

  • Moderator Edward M. Sitar, Manager, Economic and Business Development of ComEd – an Exelon Company,
  • Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Assistant Director Andria Winters,
  • Lake County Partners President & CEO Michael Stevens,
  • Susan Bergdoll, Duke Realty and
  • Rana Meal Solutions President Angelo Iantosco.

For more information, contact Terry Stevenson by phone (630) 510-4521 or email

Morning Minute: Latest Beige Book shows economic growth in many regions of the U.S. this summer

Most of the Federal Reserve’s districts reported moderate to modest growth in July and August, according to the latest Beige Book report. In the Chicago district, construction and real estate activity rose modestly with residential rents, home prices and home sales all increasing slightly. Commercial real estate growth was spread broadly across the retail, industrial and office segments, according to the report. Read Bloomberg’s coverage, “Fed’s Beige Book Says Economy Expanded Across Most Regions.”

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