Illinois REALTORS® sponsors IDCEO reception as part of global outreach efforts

 

Alan Lowe, director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, with Doug Carpenter, Illinois REALTORS® president. The association sponsored a reception for the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016.

Alan Lowe, director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, with Doug Carpenter, Illinois REALTORS® president. The association sponsored a reception for the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016.

Illinois REALTORS® was a sponsor for a pair of receptions held for the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

The events, held in Chicago and Springfield, offered Illinois REALTORS® members a chance to meet agency officials, and state representatives who lead trade offices across the globe.

At the Springfield event, Illinois REALTORS® President Doug Carpenter reminded those attending of the role real estate plays in the state’s economy.

It goes without saying, as the state succeeds, so do our more than 44,000 members,” Carpenter said. 

Illinois REALTORS® has worked with IDCEO on the association’s efforts at the MIPIM conference in France, one of the largest real estate conferences in the world. The association will be participating in the event for the third year in March, part of an ongoing commitment to educate and prepare members for the international marketplace.

“Illinois REALTORS® strongly believes in making sure our members have the best training and support possible to carry on the mission of marketing the state to an international audience,” Carpenter told the crowd.

Poll: Evanston residents cool to idea of energy benchmarking

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Source: Bigstock

A plan to force building owners in Evanston to report energy usage under a city proposal might want to heed the results of an Illinois REALTOR® survey.

Under the Evanston proposal, buildings which are larger than 20,000 square feet would have to begin reporting. That’s more stringent than a similar policy in nearby Chicago which sets a threshold of 50,000 square feet before reporting is triggered.

The results are here.

The Illinois REALTOR® poll of 400 people found:

  • Many people in the city aren’t familiar with benchmarking. Eighty percent said they hadn’t heard of benchmarking.
  • Of those who responded, 57 percent said they weren’t in favor of having Evanston adopting the benchmarking rules.
  • More than half of respondents (53 percent) said they thought private property owners already scrutinized their buildings’ energy consumption and the policy would just burden property owners.

An additional question found 65 percent of those polled said property taxes were too high in the city.

More details are in the Evanstonnow.com article on the poll, which conducted by We Ask America Polls on Nov. 18 and 20.

REALTOR® Jim Kinney named to state’s Bicentennial Commission

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Illinois REALTOR® Jim Kinney (center) has been named to the Illinois Bicentennial Commission by Gov. Bruce Rauner. Kinney is a past president of Illinois REALTORS® and a former president of the Chicago Association of REALTORS®. He’s joined here by Vicky Turner, chair of the Illinois REALTORS® Bicentennial Task Force (left) and Sheryl Grider Whitehurst, vice chair of the Illinois REALTOR® Bicentennial Task Force. (right) Photo: Ann Londrigan

Illinois REALTOR® Jim Kinney was named to the Illinois Bicentennial Commission Friday by Gov. Bruce Rauner, placing him on a 51-member panel which will shape the state’s 200th birthday celebration.

Kinney, vice president for luxury sales at Baird & Warner in Chicago, was 2015 Illinois REALTORS® president and was named Illinois REALTOR® of the Year in 2004. He was president of the Chicago Association of REALTORS®, and has served on REALTOR® association committees at the local, state and national levels.

Illinois became the nation’s 21st state on Dec. 3, 1818.

Rauner established the Illinois Bicentennial Commission in September. Members are charged with developing a strategic vision for the celebration, and will spearhead work with public and private partners on the birthday commemoration.

State association also working on bicentennial

Illinois REALTORS® plan to celebrate the state's 200th anniversary by asking members to adopt historic sites throughout Illinois.

Illinois REALTORS® plan to celebrate the state’s 200th anniversary by asking members to adopt historic sites throughout Illinois.

Illinois REALTORS® began planning for its celebration of the bicentennial earlier this year. The association’s Bicentennial Task Force, led by Chair Vicky Turner, of Dixon, and Vice Chair Sheryl Grider Whitehurst, of Peoria, adopted a theme of “Illinois REALTORS®, working with heart in every community.”

The association’s task force is reaching out to the more than 20 local REALTOR® associations in the state, asking them to get members involved in the celebration by volunteering at or supporting some of the many historic properties in Illinois.

Illinois REALTORS® is located across from the Illinois Executive Mansion. Already, members have raised more than $50,000 for renovations to the historic structure which serves as the Springfield home for state governors.

Now, the state association’s task force is working to redevelop parking lots adjoining Illinois REALTORS® South Fifth Street headquarters into a portion of a pedestrian walkway linking Abraham Lincoln’s home with the state Capitol.

The state association has set up a Facebook page to provide updates on efforts to celebrate the bicentennial. A Twitter hashtag, #REALTORSworkingwithHeart, has also been established.

 

GRI Grad kicks off with panel of top producers

Illinois REALTORS GRI Grad course kicks off in East Peoria on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. From left are moderator Jim Kinney, Kyle Killebrew, Kay Phillips and Matt Silver who took part in a top producers panel.

Illinois REALTORS GRI Grad course kicks off in East Peoria on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. From left are moderator Jim Kinney, Kyle Killebrew, Kay Phillips and Matt Silver who took part in a top producers panel.

One of Illinois REALTORS’ signature education programs began Wednesday with a panel that explored the tactics necessary to become a top agent.

Nobu Hata, NAR's director of digital engagement, speaks at GRI Grad in East Peoria.

Nobu Hata, NAR’s director of digital engagement, speaks at GRI Grad in East Peoria.

The association’s GRI Grad program runs through Thursday at the Embassy Suites and Conference Center in East Peoria. The grad course is an annual program which brings in some of the best speakers in the real estate business and provides up to six hours of continuing education.

Former Illinois REALTOR President Jim Kinney moderated the top producer panel. Among the hot topics: The need to build a list on online recommendations.

While some agents are reluctant to ask for referrals and recommendations, REALTOR Kay Phillips of Libertyville said it is a necessity.

“Don’t be shy about asking,” she said.

For REALTORS who are just starting to build their referral networks, Phillips suggested reconnecting with anyone a broker has come-in contact in the past.

Springfield REALTOR Kyle Killebrew agreed.

“People are making decisions on this type of information, so you have to do it,” he said. “If someone only has three reviews, that’s better than nothing.”

Worried about getting a negative comment? Matt Silver, president of the Chicago Association of REALTORS said there are lessons to be learned from any negative feedback.

“If I get a negative comment, it gives me pause and makes me want to find out why,” he said. “Don’t be afraid of negativity — use it to get better.”

The panel was the first session of the day. Also tapped to speak at the program are Nobu Hata, NAR’s director of digital engagement, and noted trainer Bruce Aydt.

The GRI Grad course concludes Thursday with sessions by Illinois REALTORS Marki Lemons-Ryhal and Carrie Bey-Little, who will talk about using video for online success.

Kelly’s advice for Trump: ‘Rise above it’

Illinois REALTORS (from left) Nykea Pippion-McGriff, Sara Ware, MauriceHampton and Wayne Caplanattended a holiday party featuring keynote speakerMegyn Kelly.

Illinois REALTORS (from left) Nykea Pippion-McGriff, Sarah Ware, Maurice Hampton and Wayne Caplan were among those who attended a holiday party featuring keynote speaker and Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly.

A number of Illinois REALTORS were in attendance on Monday to hear Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly talk about the election and her new book.

Daniel Goodwin, chairman and CEO of the Inland Real Estate Group of Companies.

Daniel Goodwin, chairman and CEO of the Inland Real Estate Group of Companies.

Kelly spoke at an annual holiday luncheon given by Illinois REALTOR Dan Goodwin, chairman and CEO of the Inland Real Estate Group of Companies in Oak Brook. The event attracts political enthusiasts from across the state, and raises money for New Directions Housing Corporation, a non-profit Goodwin founded to help provide affordable housing alternatives.

On hand for the event held at the Westin Lombard were a number of Illinois REALTORS, including Immediate Past President Mike Drews, Treasurer Dan Wagner and past president Jim Kinney. Wagner is senior vice president for government relations for Inland.

Kelly, interviewed by Indiana Governor-elect Eric Holcomb, was asked what advice she had for President-elect Donald Trump. “To rise above it,” Kelly said, noting that Trump is going to have to get used to the fact that criticism is part of the job.

Kelly also discussed the election, saying she thought most people were turned off by all the dishonesty, But, turning away from the media as a source of news is not the solution. “To completely de-legitimize the press is dangerous, she said.

The Fox News anchor of the Kelly File said the person she most wants to interview now is Steve Bannon, recently appointed as a top aide to Trump and who has been criticized for his ties to the alt-right movement.

Kelly just recently published her book, Settle for More, which chronicles her time in the news business, and her run-ins with Trump and former Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes.