SRES designation helps aging awareness; boosts your business says Read

Chris Read

Woodridge-area REALTOR® Chris Read serves as an expert source in an article distributed this week by RISMedia, “Better Your Business by Becoming a Real Estate Resource for Seniors.”

Read is managing broker/owner of CR REALTOR® and CEO of CR Strategies LLC in Woodridge, and holds numerous professional real estate designations including NAR’s Seniors Real Estate Specialist® (SRES). This training helps her consider real estate transactions from the perspective of a growing demographic, regarding issues such as taxes, retirement and how to search for independent living or assisted living solutions.

The training helps her connect with housing and service organizations, and it shows her competency in a specific area as well as a desire to serve seniors well.

Find out more about SRES training.



Former bank building cleared from Bicentennial Plaza lot

Despite the rebar used to reinforce concrete, the last wall of a bank vault is tipped over by a heavy equipment operator Tuesday at the site of the Bicentennial Plaza in Springfield. (Bill Kozar photo)

Workers continued to make progress on Bicentennial Plaza – a REALTOR® Community Partnership in downtown Springfield, knocking down the last wall of a former bank building Tuesday morning.

Demolition of the building and removal of debris had been going on for several weeks, and slowed as the only remaining part above ground was the bank vault. After the vault was knocked down, only the foundation below the building remained.

Work on the plaza continues, where towers will eventually hold large interpretative panels with messages that recognize significant moments of Springfield and Illinois history with an emphasis on diversity and minority relations. The project is expected to play a central role in the state’s 200th birthday celebration in August 2018, and is part of an ambitious effort to connect the city’s historic downtown sites.

Below is a series of photos taken over several weeks that depict different stages of the building’s demolition.


Illinois REALTORS® continue to set record with responses to tax reform Call for Action

WASHINGTON D.C. – The United States Capitol is the meeting place of the United States Congress, the legislature of the U.S. federal government. (Bigstock Photo)

As REALTORS® continue to fight for the rights of homeowners, every Illinois REALTORS® member who responds to the National Association of REALTORS®’ tax reform Call for Action (CFA) helps the effort.

Respond to Call for Action.

On Tuesday morning, 32.86 percent of Illinois REALTORS® had responded to the mid-October CFA that asked Congress to protect middle class homeowners while reforming our nation’s tax code. That is the highest percentage of Illinois REALTORS® to ever participate in a CFA, and the percentage will continue to go up until both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate reach an agreement about proposed legislation. The House advanced its own plan on Nov. 16, and the Senate continues to work on its own plan.

“Our response has been awesome,” says Neil Malone, Illinois REALTORS® Manager of Grassroots and Political Programs. “In all but one of our local associations, we had at least 20 percent of the members respond to the CFA. We are making sure that our elected officials in Washington, D.C. understand what a bad deal the current proposal will be for homeowners, especially middle-class homeowners in Illinois.”

Of course, the CFA is not the only way REALTORS® are hoping to influence legislation. On Nov. 15, REALTORS® from around the country flew in to Washington, D.C. and met with members of Congress and voice their concerns. On Nov. 16, following the House vote on its plan, NAR President Elizabeth Mendenhall vowed to work with the Senate to defeat “an all-out assault on homeownership.”

On Nov. 14, Illinois REALTORS® past president Mike Drews met with U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren in Washington to voice concerns. REALTORS® are not against tax reform, but are concerned about protecting the Mortgage Interest Deduction and deductions for state and local taxes.