Chicago REALTOR® Magazine


Winter 2024 Chicago REALTOR® Magazine

The latest issue of Chicago REALTOR® is now available. Enjoy the content in the format of your choice. You can find the digital PDF flipbook below, with links to blog-format […]

Winter 2024: Editor’s Pick

Another year has begun! I have no doubt that 2024 will call for elevated levels of leadership and peer-to-peer support. For nearly 20 years, I have had a front-row seat […]

Winter 2024: Association News

Directors Take on Leadership Roles Throughout Chicago Congratulations to Treasurer Lutalo McGee, Ani Real Estate, who was appointed chair of the Rainbow PUSH Housing Steering Committee and as a member […]

A Look At the Year Ahead with Public Policy Coordinating Committee Chair Staci Slattery

In November, we caught up with the Public Policy Coordinating Committee Chair Staci Slattery, North Clybourn Group, Inc., to discuss what we can expect in the year ahead in government […]

Illinois Is a Top Destination For Foreign Buyers: How to Expand Your Business Globally

Over the last few years, Illinois has consistently found its way to the top of all US states that attract foreign buyers of real estate. So, what does this mean […]

How to Be A Partner During the Appraisal Process

Did you know, in 2023, 42% of REALTORS® had a transaction fall through due to an appraisal? According to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR’s) Appraisal Survey, this was most […]

Your Key to Thriving in a High Interest Rate Market: Become A Home Finance Resource for Your Clients

In the ever-evolving world of real estate, today’s REALTORS® are navigating a perfect storm of challenges. The scarcity of available properties, transformative impact of workplace migration patterns triggered by the […]

Hall of Fame: Marion Valle, Real Estate Regulator and Leader, Co-Founder of Chicago Association of REALTORS® Foundation

When it comes to real estate not only in Illinois, but also throughout the country, there’s one person who has had a significant hand in how we do business: Marion […]

Meet the 2023-2024 Board Of Directors

RAFAEL ALVARADO, SHIELD REAL ESTATE What makes you most proud to be a REALTOR®? We have the opportunity to make a difference for the customers we serve. We help create […]

2024 President Drussy Hernandez

“Real estate happened to me,” 2024 Chicago Association of REALTORS® President Drussy Hernandez said during her installation at the 140th Inaugural Gala. Even though she inadvertently fell into real estate, […]

Winter 2024: From the CEO

We are facing challenging times. The value of a REALTOR® is being challenged. However, I’ve seen the value of a REALTOR® first-hand – through meeting and connecting with all of […]

Winter 2024: President’s Perspective

Not all leadership paths look the same. As the 140th president of the association, I know my journey looks different than those who came before me. In fact, my leadership […]

Summer 2023 Chicago REALTOR® Magazine

The latest issue of Chicago REALTOR® is now available. Enjoy the content in the format of your choice.  You can find the digital PDF flipbook below, with links to blog-format […]

Summer 2023: Editor’s Note

Explore AI With Intention & Creativity! I asked ChatGPT to provide 10 witty headlines about using AI, and it suggested: …They’re working titles. With the booming emergence of ChatGPT in […]

Summer 2023: Association News

Sustainability Work Group Wins NAR Grant to Support Climate Action Museum The Sustainability Work Group’s funding will help Chicago’s Climate Action Museum (CAM) with the creation of displays geared toward […]

What You Need to Know: Chicago’s New Energy Transformation Code

Chicago is one of the cities at the forefront of energy conservation in the United States, specifically through the city’s base energy codes. On January 1, 2023, Chicago’s New Energy […]

Over 50 Years of Fighting for Housing Equality

Chicago REALTOR® Frank Williams Honored With the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Fair Housing Champion Award Past President Frank Williams, F.J. Williams Realty, was honored as one of NAR’s 2023 […]

Everything You Need to Know About Chicago’s Mixed-Use Market

Pick almost any neighborhood in Chicago, and you will discover varying versions of mixed-use buildings. From small mom-and-pop-type storefronts with apartments on the second level to self-contained vertical communities set […]

Fall Into Chicago with The 77’s Favorite Autumn Activities

There’s a slight chill in the air. The rich green leaves on trees are beginning to shift to auburn and gold, and Chicago is shining. Fall is right around the […]

Homebuying By Generation: What to Know About Generational Homebuying Trends

Flashback to 2016—millennials were dominating the homebuying and selling market. Many baby boomers were just starting to think about retirement, and Gen X was starting to hit their homebuying and […]

Embracing the Power of Artificial Intelligence In Real Estate

A Guide for Forward-Thinking REALTORS® As the real estate industry continues to evolve in the digital age, one powerful tool has emerged to alter how we do business: Artificial Intelligence […]

Open Your Ears: The Importance of Active Listening

Imagine – you’re conducting a property viewing with a prospective buyer when, while viewing the property, the buyer mentions that they are concerned about the lack of natural light in […]

Commit to Your Safety: 9 Practices to Build Into Your Routine

Your safety is important. Make a promise to yourself to adopt intentional safety practices and habits into your routine. It’s important that we are knowledgeable, aware and empowered to keep […]

Being a Neighborhood Cheerleader

How to Be An Active Member of the Communities You Serve From lakefront oases to bustling corridors to quiet, tree-lined streets, all of Chicago’s 77 communities offer pockets of unique […]

Are You Still Advertising Your Services As Free?

Due to recent lawsuits challenging local broker marketplaces (otherwise referred to as MLS’s) and the cooperative compensation guidelines that MLS participants and subscribers adhere to, the conversation around buyer agent/cooperating […]

Summer 2023: From the CEO

I grew up on the south side of Chicago, and I have so many childhood memories specifically in Pullman. It was where my Aunt Patty lived, where our family went […]

Summer 2023: President’s Perspective

What a year! I can’t believe that this time last year I was just beginning my presidency. Over the last year, my cup has been filled with gratitude and kindness. […]

Spring 2023 Chicago REALTOR® Magazine

The latest issue of Chicago REALTOR® is now available. Enjoy the content in the format of your choice.  You can find the digital PDF flipbook below, with links to blog-format […]

Spring 2023: Editor’s Pick

Happy Sales Awards season and congratulations to our top producers! This time of year is always so inspiring to me, because we get to celebrate the collaboration in our industry […]

Spring 2023 Government Affairs Update

A LOOK AT THE 2023 MUNICIPAL ELECTION This spring is all about the municipal election. At least 16 City Council members are retiring, sparking competitive races for incumbents. Your RPAC […]

Spring 2023: Association News

Introducing our 2023 Leadership Accelerator Congratulations to the following Chicago REALTORS® who have been chosen for our 2023 Leadership Accelerator class. This program will help attendees prepare for the next […]

Spring 2023: From The CEO

As REALTORS® and stewards of homeownership, we help communities become neighborhoods. A community becomes a neighborhood through the businesses, schools and—most importantly—the people who call it home. By bringing people […]

Spring 2023: President’s Perspective

As mortgage rates continue to fluctuate and the real estate market begins to stabilize, it’s important we are prepared advisors for our clients and our communities. Dig into market data! […]

8 Steps To Prepare For Taxes & Reduce Financial Stress

According to the National Association of REALTORS®, 88% of REALTORS® are independent contractors. If you fall into this category, you may have a unique scenario that can lead to struggles […]

Top Producer Tips

How do you stay motivated during times of uncertainty in our industry? “I set goals. Life is like driving to an appointment or a showing to meet with a client—if […]

5 Best Practices When Showing Units in Managed Buildings

Showing a property in a managed building, such as a condominium, apartment or co-op, can present unique situations that often don’t exist when showing single-family homes. These situations require different […]

Winter 2023 Chicago REALTOR® Magazine

The latest issue of Chicago REALTOR® is now available. Enjoy the content in the format of your choice.  You can find the digital PDF flipbook below, with links to blog-format […]

Meet the 2023 Board of Directors

RAFAEL ALVARADO, SHIELD REAL ESTATE What is your favorite CAR member perk or benefit, and why?Safety has always been a big concern for me. FOREWARN is one of my favorite […]

Winter 2023: Editor’s Picks

Hello, 2023!I always find the new year exciting – it’s a time to set new goals, explore new opportunities and position ourselves to have a successful year. In this issue, […]

Winter 2023: President’s Perspective

Years ago, I attended my first Inaugural Gala, and had my first exposure to this association, thanks to my friend, and past president, Zeke Morris. That event was the jumping […]

Winter 2023: From The CEO

Just like many of you, we’re focusing on business planning for both the year ahead and the years to come. This year, we’re proud to unveil our new strategic plan […]

Chicago REALTORS® Leading The Way

Make Social Media Marketing Work For You

If the last few years have taught us anything, it’s that digital marketing is imperative for success. In a world where the majority of people are spending time in front […]

Where Comfort Meets Style: Upcoming Kitchen Trends

If home is where the heart is, the kitchen may be the lifeblood of a house. It’s a place to congregate, cook and converse. According to the Houzz 2022 Kitchen […]

Welcome to Auburn Gresham

Close your eyes and think about a neighborhood on the south side of Chicago. The first places that come to mind might be Beverly, Douglas or South Shore. But there […]

Building Trust with Clients Using Market Data

The real estate market is constantly changing, especially over the last few years. As REALTORS®, you’re the trusted advisors for your homebuyers and sellers, so it’s vital that you’re armed […]

Back to Basics: 8 Actionable Business Tips

BREAKFAST TAKEAWAYS Good Business Habits Stem From A Strong CRM System Treat Follow-Ups As Relationship Building Your Ultimate Goal Is To Create A Positive Experience You Are Not Alone: Lean […]

Winter 2023: Government Affairs Update

A CLOSER LOOK AT THE 2023 BUDGETS The city of Chicago reviewed a $16.4 billion budget. The budget did not include a property tax increase, although it was considered. Overall, […]

Local Plant Shop and Retail Store Receive Hispanic Small Business Grants

While many small businesses were affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, the five business sectors most affected by COVID-19 generate almost 50% of the revenues of all Hispanic and Latino-owned businesses […]

Introducing 2023 President Sarah Ware

Growing up, 2023 Chicago Association of REALTORS® president Sarah Ware and her family would gather on Sunday mornings to read the Chicago Tribune. She was always drawn to and intrigued […]

Autumn 2022 Chicago REALTOR® Magazine

The latest issue of Chicago REALTOR® is now available. Enjoy the content in the format of your choice.  You can find the digital PDF flipbook below, with links to blog-format […]

Local Non-Profit & Restaurant Receive Asian American & Pacific Islander Small Business Grants

While many small businesses were affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, 90% of Asian-American owned businesses said they lost revenue in 2020, according to a study by the New York Federal […]

Autumn 2022: Association News

Past President Frank J. Williams Receives Educator of the Year Award Congratulations to past president & REALTORS® Real Estate School instructor Frank J. Williams, F.J. Williams Realty, recipient of the […]

Brightening Our Neighborhoods: Check Out Our Newest Placemaking Project in Uptown

As REALTORS®, we provide people with homes and create strong and vibrant communities. Our placemaking efforts enhance this, by enabling us to work with community stakeholders to help build comprehensive […]

Congratulations to the 2022 Leadership Accelerator Class

Our first Leadership Accelerator class graduated during the 2022 Inaugural Gala in September. Over the last nine months, these REALTORS® participated in monthly modules to discuss and learn about topics […]

Autumn 2022: Government Affairs Update

Looking Forward to Budgeting Season & the Primary Election The City of Chicago is about to embark upon budget season. While the budget is presented and debated, ordinance discussions and […]

Office Space in Chicago: Where We Were, Where We Are & Where We’re Going

In 2019, fewer than 6% of Americans worked from home, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That all changed in May 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, when about 35% […]

Welcome to Dunning

If you travel down I-90 and take a hard turn west, you’ll slowly move away from the hustle and bustle; as the city noise begins to dissipate, you’ll find yourself […]

Overcoming Barriers: How Alternative Lines of Credit Can Increase Homeownership Rates in Minority Populations

Credit scores are a vital part of getting approved for a mortgage. Although a low credit score won’t take a buyer out of the running to receive a loan, no […]

Disability & Housing: A Q&A with Activist Mia Ives-Rublee

Did you know the most common Fair Housing complaint received by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is for disability discrimination? These complaints make up about 60% of […]

REALTOR® Safety: Insight To Keep You Safe in Dangerous Situations

On September 25th, 2014, Arkansas REALTOR® Beverly Carter embarked on her last showing of the day at a rural property for a married couple who told her they were planning […]

Share Your Story: How to Launch A Podcast

Forget about true crime, daily news and celebrity interviews – there’s so much more to the world of podcasting! Podcasts are becoming a place for people to share their expertise […]

Congratulations to the 2022 REALTOR® Award Winners!

Every year, we honor a group of exemplary real estate professionals with our REALTOR® Awards. Get to know our 2022 winners and their impact on our industry. REALTOR® of the […]

The REALTORS®’ Guide to TikTok

You don’t have to learn a dance routine to become popular on TikTok. Many people (businesses, too!) are using the platform to reach new audiences and share their expertise. We […]

2022 Chicago Association of REALTORS® Hall of Fame Inductee: Leon I. Walker

A born and raised Chicago South Sider, Leon Walker saw the opportunity there from a young age, and he saw the impact of residents and commercial businesses leaving. After attending […]