Kinney, Alonzo take part in recognition ceremony in San Diego

Jim Kinney, immediate past president for IAR, stands with the flag of Ireland at an opening session at the REALTOR® Conference & Expo in San Diego on Nov. 14, 2015.

Jim Kinney, immediate past president for IAR, stands with the flag of Ireland at an opening session at the REALTOR® Conference & Expo in San Diego on Nov. 14, 2015. Photo: Jon Broadbooks

Several Illinois REALTORS® took part in an opening session at the 2015 REALTOR® Conference & Expo in San Diego on Nov. 14, 2015.

IAR Immediate Past President Jim Kinney carried the flag for Ireland as part of a parade of flags for nations with REALTORS®. Kinney had served as a NAR liaison to Ireland.

Former IAR president Loretta Alonzo was recognized as the 2015 Illinois REALTOR® of the Year.

IAR gets gold status for global awareness education

Global Business Council Achievement Program LogoThe Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR) has received Gold status from the NAR for the way it raised member awareness of global business in local markets during the past year.

According to Janet Branton, Senior Vice President Global Business and Alliances Group, NAR, Gold status is awarded to a select number of the 110 global business councils operating nationwide. Branton encouraged Illinois REALTORS® to continue their global outreach, education and awareness so the association could reach Platinum status next year.

IAR took a number of significant international outreach steps in 2015. The association:

  • represented Illinois at the MIPIM Conference in Cannes, France, an international real estate investment event (and will attend the event again in 2016 in partnership with the National Association of REALTORS®).
  • forged an alliance with a Mexican real estate association, La Asociacion Mexicana de Profesionales Inmobiliarios.
  • sponsored training for the CIPS designation which emphasizes training for brokers interested in working on cross-border transactions.

The 2016 Global Working Group is chaired by Jim Kinney, IAR Past President, and the staff liaison is IAR Housing Policy Advisor Sharon Gorrell.

President Kinney and fellow IAR Global Task Force members present at WCR

IAR President and Global Task Force Chair Jim Kinney, joined task force members Jana Herdova, Delmy Economos and Maurice Hampton, as well as Mainstreet Global Task Force member Ahmed Badat for a panel discussion on global business services and how to do business in different regions of the world.

This event was part of the Women’s Council of Realtors (WCR) Northwest Chapter meeting in Arlington Heights. The chapter elected its new officers at the event as well. For more information, visit the organization’s Facebook page at:


CIPS course offered July 22

The Illinois Association of REALTORS® is proud to partner with the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS® to offer the first course of the CIPS Designation series, Global Real Estate: Local Markets (6 hours CE Elective, RB7005-564001070) on July 22 in Downers Grove.

The CIPS designation is for REALTORS® from the United States and abroad, as well as association staff and volunteer leaders who want to develop their international real estate business. Global Real Estate: Local Markets is a prerequisite to all other CIPS courses. It offers an overview of international brokerage: capital flow, currencies, government regulations, cultural considerations, and how to network, market and sell at the global level. U.S. members who complete this course will receive elective credit towards the ABR and CRS designation.

Lunch is included in the $150 registration fee. Register here. For more information about this and other designations and certifications, visit the NAR website here.

“Global Real Estate: Local Markets”
Wednesday, July 22 
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Management Association Institute
3025 Highland Parkway
Downers Grove, IL 60515
$150 (includes lunch)



Questions? Contact the IAR Education and Training Center at or 1-800-752-3274.

IAR Takes Another Step into Global Realm

On behalf of Illinois Association of REALTORS® President Jim Kinney, IAR Global Working Group Staff Liaison Sharon Gorrell, participated in the June 26 ceremonial signing of a memorandum of understanding between IAR and La Asociacion Mexicana de Profesionales Inmobiliarios (AMPI) at the 2015 AMPI International Summit in Nuevo Vallerta, Jalisco, Mexico. Representing AMPI was National President Antonio Hanna Grayeb and President-Elect Gustavo Solares Campos.

The memorandum recognizes the strategic importance of Mexico and Illinois and the value of sharing information on education, marketing and real estate best practices with our REALTOR® colleagues in Mexico.

AMPI is currently working throughout their states on establishing license laws in each area while also considering a nationwide license structure.

The Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS® (MORe) was also present to sign a similar commitment. Mainstreet Global Council Chair, Marsha Collins-Mroz signed on behalf of MORe.

National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Vice President Mike Ford, and President’s Liaison to Mexico, Richard Miranda were also present for the signing.