Commercial’s ‘place’ elevated at NAR Conference & Expo

Ruggieri presents

Alex Ruggieri answers questions at the NAR Conference & Expo in the Commercial Learning Theater.

While contributing daily blog posts as a featured attendee at the NAR REALTOR® Conference & Expo last week, Champaign-area REALTOR® Alex Ruggieri was excited by the quality of commercial real estate subject matter.

At the conclusion of the conference, he wrote: “For the very first time at the REALTORS® Conference & Expo, we had an organized marketing session in the commercial corner on the floor. I got the opportunity to present two of my listings to my peers from across the country. I even got cards from two brokers who said that they had possible clients! I applaud NAR for this progressive move, and I look forward to building the marketing session into a keystone part of our conference for our commercial practitioners.”

Ruggieri was one of six IAR members who served as featured attendees, including IAR Treasurer Matt Difanis, Carrie Bey-Little, Shay Hata, Marki Lemons Ryhal and Christopher Tenggren. To see all of their posts, visit

Also, Ruggieri delivered a presentation about the importance of using “placemaking” for economic development. The senior investment adviser for Sperry Van Ness and vice president, brokerage for Ramshaw Real Estate, said the commercial parts of the conference were the best he’d ever experienced. He felt honored to speak at NAR on a subject so important to the economic future of Illinois communities and for the real estate industry.

As for his conference social media contributions as a featured attendee, he says: “Posting photos, videos and blogging my activities every day, moment by moment, was a lot of fun and made me be even more engaged, particularly as a commercial practitioner.”

Register now for 1031 tax deferred exchange webinar

1031 tax deferred exchangeCommercial REALTORS®, take note: the Certified Commercial Investment Member Institute (CCIM) is offering a new webinar from 2 to 4 p.m. CDT, Thursday, Nov. 5: 1031 Tax Deferred Exchange.

This advanced course provides a concise and thorough overview of Internal Revenue Code Section 1031 tax-deferred exchanges. It also covers like-kind requirements for creative property variation (such as cell tower easements), transferable development rights (air rights), oil/gas/mineral rights, tenant-in-common and Delaware Statutory Trust fractional ownership properties.

Register now for $110.

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.  

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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.