Illinois REALTORS® donates $50,000 to help with Florida hurricane recovery efforts

Illinois REALTORS® is contributing $50,000 to victims who sustained property damage during Hurricane Irma.
The money will go to the association’s sister organization, Florida REALTORS®, which will be in charge of distributing the funds.
This is the second sizeable donation the 47,000-member Illinois REALTORS® has made this month. Another $50,000 donation was made to the Texas Association of REALTORS® to help Hurricane Harvey victims.
In all, Illinois REALTORS® has donated nearly $1 million since 1997 to help victims of disasters in and outside of Illinois.

Doug Carpenter

“Illinois REALTORS®’ members take pride in being among the first to provide assistance to those recovering from a catastrophe,” said association President Doug Carpenter. “Our members know the peace of mind which comes from having a safe place to call home, so we’re particularly sensitive to making sure we do our part to help homeowners.”  

In addition to responding to the hurricanes, Illinois REALTORS® is in the middle of an effort to help those affected by severe flooding this summer in Northern Illinois. The association, through its non-profit Illinois REALTORS® Relief Foundation, has distributed nearly $30,000 for flood victims.
Illinois REALTORS®’ disaster relief foundation also partners with the National Association of REALTORS® Relief Foundation to in order to get more money to Illinois disaster victims.
Illinois REALTORS® donated $100,000 and members helped build a Habitat for Humanity home on the Gulf Coast in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Donations were also made after hurricanes Floyd and Sandy.
To learn more about Illinois REALTORS® Relief Foundation, or obtain information about assistance for victims of Northern Illinois flooding, visit the website

Inaugural festivities honoring 101st President Matt Difanis will have a fun new format

Join us for a lively experience at the Illinois REALTORS® 101st Inaugural Gala, October 12, 2017 in the Grand Ballroom of the Chicago Marriott Naperville!

This year’s Gala will be something special, and you will be delighted by its new features! Without spoiling all of the surprises, here are some things to look forward to. Forego the formalwear and relax; dress code is business attire, not black tie! Guests will groove to acoustic music from one of President-elect Matt Difanis’s favorite hometown bands, Love Sign, while they mix and mingle during the hors d’eovres and reception. Rather than a plated dinner, this event will feature international cuisine at a variety of food stations offering delectable fare.

Traditionally, Inaugural serves as the installation ceremony for Illinois REALTORS® Leadership. This year, we will also welcome and install our new board of directors. Meet our new leadership team and help us start the year off right!
Tickets are $95. Purchase at by the reservation deadline of October 3. Everyone should be there to see what’s in store for 2018.

1031 Like-Kind Exchange topic of summit featuring Illinois REALTORS®’ Wagner

Illinois REALTORS® Treasurer Dan Wagner speaks at a business forum sponsored by Missouri REALTORS® on Tuesday in St. Louis.

Illinois REALTORS® Treasurer Dan Wagner was a panelist at a Missouri REALTORS® business summit on Tuesday, speaking on the necessity of preserving the 1031 Like-Kind Exchange.

Wagner, who is senior vice president for industry relations at The Inland Real Estate Group of Companies, spoke as part of the Missouri REALTORS® Fall Commercial Economic Summit at the Chase Park Hotel in St. Louis.

Joining Wagner on the panel, called 1031 Exchange, Another Tool for Your Toolbox, was Inland’s Brian Lang, vice president and external wholesaler; and Greg Smith, vice president of Investment Property Exchange Services Inc.

Illinois REALTORS® donates $50,000 for Texas hurricane relief

Texas Association of REALTORS® CEO Travis Kessler, 2017 association Chairman Vicki Fullerton and Illinois REALTORS® Treasurer Dan Wagner at the Texas REALTORS® Conference in Dallas on Friday, where Illinois REALTORS® was honored for donating $50,000 for hurricane relief efforts. Photo: Texas REALTORS®.

Illinois REALTORS®’ leadership has approved sending $50,000 to the Texas Association of REALTORS® to help with that organization’s relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

Illinois REALTORS® 2017 Treasurer Dan Wagner made the announcement in Dallas on Thursday. Illinois REALTORS® was publicly thanked on Friday for the donation at the Texas association’s annual conference.

The donation follows a pattern of Illinois REALTORS® stepping up to help when disaster strikes, regardless of whether the event is in Illinois or across the country.

“REALTORS® are often the first to start pitching in to help their communities after tragedy strikes,” said 2017 Illinois REALTORS® President Doug Carpenter. “Members of our association have been deeply touched by the disaster on the Texas Gulf Coast. Many of us have friends, colleagues and family in areas that flooded, so we want to make sure we do our part to help the region recover.”

Illinois REALTORS® has made similar large donations in the wake of disasters including hurricanes Sandy and Katrina, and after the 9-11 terrorist attacks.

Illinois REALTORS® also has a foundation which provides disaster assistance in Illinois. The Illinois REALTORS® Relief Foundation is currently accepting donations and taking applications for aid for those affected by the flooding in Northern Illinois earlier this year.