Morning Minute: Housing Patterns in Red, Blue and Swing States

With tonight’s presidential debate on people’s minds, takes an interesting look at the different housing patterns in states where residents tend to lean Democrat, Republican or are more up for grabs in swing states. See the infographic below and read the full article, “Red vs. Blue States: What 8 Housing Differences Can Tell Us About the Election.” Here are a few takeaways:

  • Blue states tend to have older housing stock
  • Red states have the biggest homes
  • Homeownership rates are higher in red states


In other headlines:

Housing shortage eases in some markets – USA Today

New-home sales slip in August but top forecast – MarketWatch

Morning Minute: Get early voting locations, dates and hours for November elections

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You can now start making plans for early voting in the Nov. 8 general election.

Starting yesterday, your election authority is responsible for publishing the hours, dates and locations for early voting in your precinct at least once a week during the early voting period, according to the Illinois State Board of Elections. If the election authority – a large city or a county – maintains a website, the schedule should be available on it, too. Check your election authority for details.

Other headlines:

52 everyday safety tips for agents – Inman Daily Headlines

Why you should forget Snapchat and focus on Facebook Live – Inman Daily Headlines

Help Buyers Beware of the Flip – NAR REALTOR® Mag

Eight honored for industry service at CAR installation

Those honored for service with Presidential Awards at a Sept. 14, 2016, installation banquet held by the Chicago Association of REALTORS® include: Illinois REALTORS® Local Government Affairs Director Brian Bernardoni, NAR CEO Dale Stinton, Illinois REALTORS® CEO Gary Clayton, Erika Villegas and Jim Kinney. The awards were given by CAR 2016 President Dan Wagner (far right). Photo: Chicago Association of REALTORS®

The Chicago Association of REALTORS® honored a number of members and association leaders for service to the industry on Wednesday as part of the installation of 2017 President Matt Silver.

Among those honored Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2016, at a Chicago Association of REALTOR® installation banquet were: Matt Ferrell; 2016 CAR President Dan Wagner, who gave the awards; 2017 CAR President Matt Silver and Maurice Hampton.

Among those honored Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016, at a Chicago Association of REALTOR® installation banquet were: Matt Ferrell; 2016 CAR President Dan Wagner, who gave the awards; 2017 CAR President Matt Silver and Maurice Hampton.

Outgoing CAR president Dan Wagner recognized eight who had made a difference in the past year in areas ranging from association planning to global outreach. Those honored include:

  • NAR CEO Dale Stinton was honored for his work to help CAR move to the REALTOR® building on Michigan Avenue.
  • Illinois REALTORS® CEO Gary Clayton was honored for partnering to include state association office space in the design for the Chicago association’s new offices.
  • Illinois REALTORS® local Government Affairs Director Brian Bernardoni was honored for his work on advocacy. Bernardoni works with the Chicago association, and has tackled issues ranging from parking permits for REALTOR® members to affordable housing.
  • Jim Kinney, former Illinois REALTORS® and Chicago Association president, was honored for mentoring others.
  • Matt Ferrell was honored for work on the association’s new office space.
  • Matt Silver, installed as president Wednesday, was highlighted for his work with the New Building Working Group.
  • Maurice Hampton was recognized for his leadership on global issues.
  • Erika Villegas was recognized for her work with YPN which provided charitable assistance to the Boys and Girls Club.

Illinois REALTORS®, MRED extend member benefit subscription to Inman Select


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Illinois REALTORS® and MRED are pleased to announce that they have signed an extension to continue to provide real estate professionals throughout Illinois with Inman Select.

MRED_Illinois REALTORSThat means that the more than 44,000 Illinois REALTORS®, many of whom are also customers of MRED, will continue to get access to the daily news service that provides extensive coverage of real estate news and trends. It’s an important member benefit that was provided by the organizations beginning in 2015.

If you haven’t signed up to claim your membership, it’s easy to do. Just go here

“The real estate industry is complex, and providing information to our members to help our members navigate the business is an essential part of Illinois REALTORS®’ mission,” said Illinois REALTORS® President Mike Drews. ‘We’re pleased to be able to partner with MRED to provide this service.” 

“Anytime we can help our customers, and do it with our great friends and partners at Illinois REALTORS®, we’re in,” said MRED President/Chief Executive Officer Rebecca Jensen.  “Inman Select does a great job of informing real estate professionals, and knowledgeable brokers are successful brokers.”

Signing up for Inman Select gives access to the service’s constantly updated news feed, an email newsletter and information on upcoming events. 

Congratulations to chairs, vice chairs of Illinois REALTOR® committees

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Each year Illinois REALTORS® selects chairs and vice chairs to head the committees that shape the association’s policies and make recommendations to the Board of Directors.

This year’s roster is a who’s who of REALTORS® who have volunteered to make sure the association is as relevant as possible.

“These volunteer leaders exemplify the service that REALTORS® are known for,” said 2017 President Doug Carpenter. “Our association excels because of the commitment they bring to their roles, and I am excited to work with these individuals in the year ahead.”

Carpenter, who will become president after the October business meetings, will chair the Executive Committee. Matt Difanis, who will become president-elect, will become vice chair of the Executive Committee. The pair serve in the same leadership roles on the NAR Political Advisory Working Group.

Among other appointments announced are:

Screening and Candidate Audit Working Group: Chair, Jean Crosby, a former Illinois REALTORS® president.

Nominating Committee: Chair, Phil Chiles, past Illinois REALTORS® president; vice chair, Jim Kinney, who is currently immediate past president of the association.

NAR Involvement Subcommittee: Chair, Matt Difanis.

Leadership Development Working Group: Chair, Vicky Turner; vice chair, Sarah Ware.

Strategic Planning Committee: Chair, Matt Difanis; vice chair, Dan Wagner, who is the treasurer nominee for 2017.

Bylaws Committee: Chair, Deb Campbell.

Strategic Thinkers Working Group: Chair, Doug Carpenter; vice chair, Matt Difanis.

Performance/Compensation Review Committee: Chair, Jim Kinney.

Illinois REALTORS® Plaza Inc.: Chair, Dan Wagner.

Finance Committee: Chair, Dan Wagner.

REALTOR® of the Year Committee: Chair, Chris Read.

Grievance Committee: Chair, Deb Campbell; vice chair, Eleanor Nastepniak

Professional Standards Committee: Chair, Rick Hunt; vice chair, Michael Oldenettel.

Ethics Citation Panel: Chair, Sue Miller.

Digital Communications & Technology Trends Working Group: Chair, James Votanek; vice chair, Carrie Bey-Little.

Association Executives Committee: Chair, Chris Studebaker; vice chair, Rob Wigton.

Professional Development MIG: Chair, Catherine Terpstra; vice chair, Max Mitchell.

Inaugural Banquet Working Group: Chair, Jayme Ahlden.

Conference & Expo Working Group: Chair, Sarah Seniker

Education Advisory Group: Chair, Christine Chase; vice chair, Lisa Keating.

REALTOR® Institute Working Group: Dean, Shelley Berendt; vice dean, Dale Taylor.

Public Policy/Government Affairs MIG: Chair, Ginger Sreenan; vice chair, Tim Ryan.

Political Fundraising Working Group: Chair, Michael Gross; vice chair, Jeff Gregory.

Major Investor Working Group: Chair, Sonia Anaya.

Federal Political Coordinators Working Group: Chair, Ed Neaves.

Illinois General Assembly and Statewide Independent Expenditures Committee: Chair, Andrew Cook.

Illinois Local Government Independent Expenditures Committee: Chair, Loretta Alonzo-Deubel, a former Illinois REALTORS® president.

RPAC Trustees: Chair, Chris Seniker; vice chair, Jeff Kolbus.

Commercial/Industrial/Investment Committee: Chair, Karen Kramford; vice chair, Steve Myers.

Housing Opportunity Working Group: Chair, Dale Taylor; vice chair, Zeke Morris.

Business Issues & License Law Forum: Chair, Debbie Prodehl; vice chair, Kristie BeBrun.

Community Development Resource Working Group: Chair, Max Mitchell; vice chair, Debbie Bell.

REALTORS® Political Involvement Committee: Chair, Christopher Tenggren; vice chair, Tom Krettler.

State Legislative Contacts Working Group: Chair, Nykea Pippion-McGriff; vice chair, Karen Robertson.

Young Professionals Network Advisory Group: Chair, Maurice Hampton; vice chair, Jayme Ahlden.

Global Working Group: Chair, Alex Ruggieri; vice chair, Vicky Sampah.

Senior Housing Working Group: Chair, Carrie Bey-Little.

Consulate General Liaisons: Chair, Vicky Silvano.