QCARA hosts ‘America’s Future’ and draws nearly 400

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The Quad City Area REALTOR® Association (QCARA) drew almost 400 people to a bipartisan political event last week in Davenport, Iowa as two presenters debated whether Republican Donald Trump or Democrat Hillary Clinton would have a more positive effect on REALTOR® issues if elected president.

A pair of local REALTORS® presented opposing arguments during “America’s Future” at the Golden Leaf Banquet Center, to QCARA members, attorneys, business partners, home builders and members of local political parties. Time was also provided for networking and personal discussions.


“Our main purpose of the event was to hear and discuss how the current nominees from both parties will lead our country focusing on REALTOR® issues,” said QCARA CEO Sharon Carlson. “Bill Gluba (RE/MAX River Cities) represented the Democratic Party and Scott Kelling (Mel Foster) the Republican Party. Their presentations dealt with history, how their parties view our issues and what direction each candidate wishes to take our country. I have never been prouder to be a part of the Quad City real estate industry.”

Carlson credited committee chairs Katie Sommers, Greg Rediger and Kelling with good planning and execution of the event, and thanked both the Illinois REALTORS® and the Iowa Association of REALTORS® for supporting the event with grant money. She thanked the local American Legion for presenting the colors and local singer Jack Carey for performing the national anthem.

“The conduct and respect shown during the program was as expected from our great real estate community, spectacular! It was a night to be proud of!” said Carlson.

Organizers wanted members to remember the importance of educating themselves about local, state and federal candidates for elected office and to understand the strength of the REALTOR® Party in standing up for the rights of property owners and REALTORS®. Although the REALTORS® may endorse and support some candidates through Opportunity Races and Independent Expenditures, neither the national nor the state associations will endorse candidates in the presidential elections.


More photos and news from the Egyptian Board of REALTORS®

In addition to emphasizing safety at Thursday’s Egyptian Board of REALTORS® general membership meeting, many past presidents were recognized for their contributions and a new board of directors was installed. This year is the local association’s 80th anniversary.

Former presidents at the meeting included: Rex Rowland, Marianne James, Ayn Bartok, Jan Mandis, Dave Thompson, Bill Schafer, Paula Hill and J. David Thompson.

The new board of directors included: President Teresa Camarato, President-Elect Suzanne Wood, Secretary-Treasurer Cindy Bevis, Immediate Past President Marianne James, Paul Coons, Bob Davenport, Robert McGovern, Ted Popov, Cheryl Ruzich, Nancy Siegmund, Chris Sisulak and Brian Wood.

Ayn Bartok was announced as the 2016 Egyptian REALTOR® of the Year.

Palmer shares safety statistics with members

Egyptian Account Executive Charay Palmer shared a one-page sheet of safety facts with members who attended Thursday’s meeting in Marion. The U.S. Department of Labor compiles annual statistics on fatalities for those who work in real estate, rental and leasing. In 2014, the number of deaths was 88, compared with 66, 64 and 63 in the three previous years.

From the National Association of REALTORS® 2016 Member Safety Report she shared the following facts. More than 58,000 REALTORS® were given the survey and 5.3 percent participated:

  • 39 percent of REALTORS® have feared for their safety or the safety of their information;
  • of the members who carry self-defense weapons, 21 percent carry pepper spray and 16 percent carry a firearm;
  • 42 percent of members use a smart phone safety app to track their location and alert colleagues in an emergency;
  • 44 percent of broker offices have safety procedures for their agents (56 percent don’t);
  • a typical REALTOR® meets 50 percent of prospective buyers or sellers they don’t know in their office or in a neutral location.

Carter presentation

Guest speaker Carl Carter Jr. shared some information about his mother, murdered Arkansas REALTOR® Beverly Carter, about the investigation and trial that followed her death, and some ideas to help REALTORS® reduce the risks of physical harm on the job.

His comments included:

  • His mother was his best friend, raising him since she was age 16;
  • 12 years before his mother’s murder, one of his brothers died in an accident;
  • “Safety is tough because sometimes it’s tightening up on things you already know;”
  • When a situation doesn’t feel right “you have my permission to be rude” and safely get out of the situation;
  • Ask strangers to come to your office before showing a property;
  • Make copies of their identification, including photo IDs;
  • Conduct showings with more than one agent;
  • Be careful profiling “bad guys” because sometimes threats come from people you’re comfortable with;
  • Men can be victims of violence, too.

Illinois REALTORS® President Mike Drews also added a few quick tips he uses when showing properties:

  • Always allow prospective buyers to enter rooms first;
  • Let visitors view basements and attics on their own.


CAR dedicates memorial to Maner, the association’s first African-American president

(l to r) Zeke Morris, Chicago Association of REALTORS® past president; Willa Lang, Chicago Parks Foundation; Alderman Michelle Harris of the 8th Ward; Alderman Roderick T. Sawyer of the 6th Ward; Syndey Maner, Marion Maner’s son.

(l to r) Zeke Morris, Chicago Association of REALTORS® past president; Willa Lang, Chicago Parks Foundation; Alderman Michelle Harris of the 8th Ward; Alderman Roderick T. Sawyer of the 6th Ward; and (seated) Sidney Maner, Marion Maner’s son.

The Chicago Association of REALTORS® (CAR) and the Chicago Association of REALTORS® Foundation honored former CAR president Marion Maner by dedicating a park bench in his name this morning.

The memorial bench is located in Avalon Park, a Chicago Park District property, near his former real estate office and his Calumet Heights home. Maner, who served as CAR’s president from 1977 to 1978, died in October 2013. He was the association’s first African-American president.

“We deeply appreciate all that Marion accomplished, including his work to include people of all ethnicities and backgrounds in the Chicago real estate industry,” Zeke Morris, past-president of CAR and managing broker/principal at the Morris Group, Century 21 Affiliated – Hyde Park, said. “He was soft-spoken, but able to inspire others to be leaders within our association, our industry and his community.”

In addition to Morris, other speakers included Chicago Alderman Roderick T. Sawyer of the 6th Ward, Marion’s son Sidney Maner and Willa Lang of the Chicago Parks Foundation. Special attendees were members of CAR’s board, officers and past presidents; Maner’s family and friends, Dearborn REALTIST® officers and the senior pastor of Messiah and St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church.

Maner founded Maner Realty in 1956 and became one of the first African-American brokers. He served as president of the Dearborn REALTIST® Board. He became CAR president in 1977. He was a dedicated family man and fisherman, popular throughout his neighborhood and the larger Chicago real estate community.

He was born in Allendale, SC on Jan. 27, 1920. He attended Allendale Training School, graduated and then South Carolina State College in Orangeburg, SC. Following graduation, he worked for the United States Treasury Department in Washington, DC, and Chicago.

In 1942, he opened a grocery store. In 1956, he started his own real estate company. Maner fought discrimination in housing for African-Americans and helped many families find homes. In 1958, he married Nelda Clarke, and in 1959 their son Sidney was born. Nelda Maner worked in the real estate business as the secretary, and Sidney Maner later joined the business as an agent. Sidney Maner continues to work as an Illinois REALTOR® for the Maner Realty Company today.

Three Rivers sponsors conference for Joliet-area landlords

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(l to r) TRAR CEO David McClintock, Joliet Director of Neighborhood Services Alfredo Melesio, Sue Miller, Local GAD Gideon Blustein, TRAR President Jim Sim

The Three Rivers Association of REALTORS® (TRAR) helped facilitate an area landlord conference for the City of Joliet and McHenry REALTOR® Sue Miller gave an encouraging keynote message July 11 and 12.

About 400 Joliet-area landlords attended the event, which TRAR helped fund through a National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Diversity Initiative Grant.

The City of Joliet reached out to Local Governmental Affairs Director Gideon Blustein in December 2015 for help in securing a speaker who could discuss: the local rental market, the financial benefits of capital investments/beautification and new U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD’s) guidance on criminal background checks for housing providers.

After a short search, the TRAR Board identified Miller, Managing Broker of Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell’s McHenry office, a continuing education and pre-license trainer who owns or manages more than 50 commercial and residential units. NAR awarded the grant to cover Miller’s speaking fees and to help promote the REALTOR® brand. Illinois REALTORS® can help the housing community interpret and practice diversity initiatives, understand local, state and federal fair housing laws and understand HUD’s concerns about criminal background checks.

Conference attendees included licensed REALTORS®, and landlords with a wide range of  managing responsibilities: from one unit to hundreds of units. All attendees walked away with a better understanding of HUD’s new guidance and good news about their market. “You got a 12 percent raise this year, that’s good news!” stated Miller when referencing the increased values in the Joliet market. With only a 1.4 month absorption rate in the rental market and a limited number of rentals, she said beautifying and investing in properties now will lead to stronger neighborhoods and higher rents.

Greater Gateway uses grant to help Collinsville housing project

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The Greater Gateway Association of REALTORS® (GGAR) presented a $1,500 check to the Collinsville Community Collaboration June 29 to help host their first Housing Opportunity and Community Spotlight Seminar.

GGAR Chief Executive Officer Rob Wigton, GGAR President and RE/MAX Alliance Owner Tammy Owens and Illinois REALTORS® Local Government Affairs Director Kyle Anderson presented a check to organizer Donna Green of Green Home Solutions, who’s also an affiliate member.

GGAR applied for and received an NAR Housing Opportunity Grant through the My REALTOR® Party.