MORe tells Crain’s slow-and-steady growth is best

Posted September 5th, 2014 - Mainstreet Organization of Realtors, News, Newsroom

An index of Chicago-area single-family home values rose 3.9 percent per year from June 2011 through June of this year, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices. “We’ll see things looking more stable, growing more healthily,” said Michael Parent, president of the suburban Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS (MORe). [Read more]

Illinois College of Optometry Shows Students’ First Days

Posted August 11th, 2014 - Illinois College of Optometry, News

The Illinois College of Optometry has posted a video showing what it is like on the first few days of school for “first year students”.

“Play” the video here.

Michael Parent speaks to Chicago Real Estate Daily

Michael Parent, president of the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS® and vice president of operations at Burnet Title, tells Chicago Real Estate Daily how the housing market is picking up the pace. Deals that closed in June sold about 25 days faster than the year prior. [Read more]

Illinois Chamber takes the “Future Out For a Spin”

Posted August 1st, 2014 - Illinois Chamber of Commerce, News, Newsroom

State business leaders and lawmakers had a chance to drive an all-electric BMW, a cement mixer powered by compressed natural gas and other alternative fuel vehicles at the Illinois Chamber of Commerce’s Taking the Future Out For a Spin event on July 31 at the Autobahn race track in Joliet. [Read more]

Chicago Agent Magazine: How-to for multiple offers

Multiple offers have become a part of everyday business for many Chicago-area REALTORS®, driven by factors such as low inventory and growing demand. In a column for Chicago Agent Magazine, Kate Sax, the director of professional and ethical practices for the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS, discusses how agents can deal with multiple-offer situations in an ethical manner. [Read more]

MORe REALTOR answers: Expand or relocate your business?

Chicago-area businesses charting their future growth face an important issue: expand or relocate? Firms must decide whether they are best served by expanding their current footprint or relocating to new, larger facilities. Rather than putting off the decision, consider these factors provided by MORe REALTOR Paul Martis. [Read more]

MORe says market “starting to correct itself”

Many area real estate markets saw increases in the number of houses sold and the median sale price in May compared with the same month a year before, according to recently released data on suburban markets by the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®. [Read more]

Small changes, big savings for Illinois homeowners

More than 2,500 Illinois homeowners were able to stay warmer this winter for less thanks to their participation in the Illinois Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (IHP) program, coordinated by Chicago-based Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA). The IHP program helps participants lower their utility bills while increasing the value of their home with efficiency upgrades. [Read more]

Daily Herald: Multigenerational homes on the rise

Multigenerational homes – with several generations of one family living under the same roof – are growing in popularity. The resurgence of co-living began as a solution to tough economic times around 2008, but the arrangement holds enduring appeal to many area homebuyers. Families today choose to live together for any number of reasons, including shared home maintenance costs, health issues, difficulty finding a job after college, or a need for reliable child care. [Read more]

ACCESS brings EHR to the community health level

Posted April 23rd, 2014 - Access Community Health Network, News, Newsroom

Access Community Health Network (ACCESS) met its goal to implement a network-wide electronic health record (EHR) in just four years. Julie Bonello, CIO of ACCESS, recently spoke with Healthcare Informatics about the implementation process and how EHR has helped ACCESS to better engage with patients in underserved areas of Chicago. [Read more]