The Voice For Real Estate™ in the Greater Rockford Area
Rockford Begining To Grasp
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by Lee Nalewanski, 2005 President
Welcome to new Broker requirement take Further updates from the meet-
the month of effect and weed out some of the ings can be seen on IAR’s web-
May! The existing brokers first. site, www. illinoisrealtor.org.,
summer such as the Board of Directors
season is just The limited services topic is still unanimous approval of adding a
around the a mark for great discussion, and $10 assessment fee for the Legal
corner. I pray business is treating again the belief of the working Action Fund which is allowed by
you kindly at this juncture in group was to see how all of this the Bylaws of IAR when the fund
your year. I want you to know plays out in the year ahead. falls below $150,000. As a result
that your Illinois and Rockford Limited services are not without of the assessment being passed
Associations are working hard on some unresolved issues. the Board also voted to do away
all of our behalves. Most recently with a cap on the Legal Fund.
your volunteer members were Finally, the topic of overwhelm-
busy at the Spring IAR business ing support by the working Finally, a motion passed to rec-
meetings in Springfield. group, that of written Buyer ommend to local associations to
agreements with buyers, being include Pathways to
The Business Issues/License Law non-exclusive or exclusive. You Professionalism in its orientation
Working Group, which I am hon- can only imagine the points of programs, which, RAAR is cur-
ored to serve along with our discussion in favor of such agree- rently already doing. Yes mem-
member and past IAR president ments. I believe that we as REAL- bers, times are changing, so stay
Jean Crosby had a full plate of TORS® do a great job on our informed. Go to IAR & NAR’s
issues to deal with. The subjects listing presentations, but just how websites and see what is happen-
that created vibrant discussion well of a job do we do for our ing around the industry of Real
were; 1) Should people be buyer presentations? The issue Estate. You’ll be glad you did.
allowed to obtain a Broker remains on the table, are we giv- Until next time... I bid you good
License without being a REAL- ing good equal service to buyers health and fortune in your life.
TOR® first? 2) Limited services as we do sellers, or vice versa.
brokerage. 3) Should we push for We require our seller clients to Lee Nalewanski,
change and require that all sign written agreements to list 2005 RAAR President
REALTORS® and Buyers have a their house, then should we not
written agreement to establish give equal expectations to our
relationships and legal obliga- buyer clients? Surely the issue of
tions; i.e. Non-Exclusive and buyer written agreements will be
Exclusive buyer agency agree- a hot topic for discussion on all
ments? levels. For your information,
other states do require buyer
Regarding the Broker License written agreements.
issue, the general consensus was
that just having knowledge to Other points of interest from the
obtain a Broker’s license does Business Issues/License Law
not ensure that that person will Working Group were unlicensed
do good brokerage work. In practice issues with regards to
addition to the competency issue websites, NAR’s policy on
of being a broker, was the issue Brokers sponsoring both a refer-
of the additional six credit hour ral company and an active bro-
requirement in broker manage- kerage company, as it conflicts
ment. The issue of changing any- with license law and
thing with Broker license was REALTOR.com’s new policy of
silenced by the idea of letting the selling leads back to the agents!
Counselor’s Corner …thru
MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS OF CURRENT INTEREST
The Rockford Area Association of in 2005, the five percent (5%) added A ROCKFORD AREA
ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®
REALTORS® Board of Directors has to prior year’s bills for proration pur-
approved revised Earnest Money Note poses may prove to be inadequate.
and Showing Agreement forms. These Effective in 2004, however, the multi- 6776 East State Street
forms are now available on the RAAR pliers on single-family homes may be Rockford, IL 61108
web site. The Board also authorized offset somewhat by the increase in the (815) 395-6776 • FAX (815) 395-6770
me to prepare a one-time Showing Owner-Occupancy Exemption from Raarmls.com
Agreement for commercial leasing $3500 to $5000 and the Homestead
with assistance from Tracy Eastman Exemption from $2000 to $3000. 2004-2005 OFFICERS
and Tom Ewing. President:
Another issue being addressed by Lee Nalewanski
I understand a committee of RAAR is both Associations relates to non-con- President-elect:
looking at suggested revisions to our forming multi-family properties. Jim Barbagallo
standard contract forms. Our office Rockford has a large number of such Secretary/Treasurer:
has been contacted by the properties and the restrictions on
Winnebago County Bar Association re-building upon destruction is caus-
President advising that he is consider- ing increasing concern with investors,
ing appointing a committee to do the lenders and insurance companies.
same. A current concern involves The plan is to seek modification of
our present tax proration formula. the provisions of the Rockford Zoning
Because of multipliers added by the Code in this regard. Vickie Krueger
state in 2004 and anticipated again Paul Gambino
Chief Executive Officer:
New RAAR members were inducted at the
Jacqueline Cozzi, Director
February and April General Membership Meetings
2004-2005 Grapevine Committee:
Opinions expressed in any signed articles of this
publication are those of the author and do not
necessarily represent the opinions of the
Rockford Area Association of REALTORS .
LEARNING THE ART OF CONVERSATION
By Peggy Werner, Gambino-GMAC Real Estate
There is nothing “small” about small people feel comfortable. But you Debra talked about her own personal
talk. In fact, it is the key to opening need to be prepared to play the con- battles as a once overweight person,
the door to deeper and more mean- versation game,” she warns. One working with difficult people, and the
ingful conversation. As a REALTOR®, question will lead to another — and plight of being divorced and trying to
it’s vital you learn the art of conversa- lead the way to shared experiences — work her way back into the singles
tion to draw in your customers and and before you know it, you are talk- and dating world. In all these scenar-
build rapport. You want to get to ing to someone you didn’t know. ios and other circumstances in life,
know people better, develop a con- the power of words reigns. The key is
nection with them and build trust, in Debra has a long list of what she calls how to use them and make yourself
hopes of one day being able to call “icebreakers.” They are open-ended interesting while first showing interest
them clients. questions that don’t allow people to in other people. She warns, too,
opt out of conversation with just a about being careful with people you
Debra Fine, a former engineer, and “yes” or a “no.” Some of her recom- haven’t seen in a long time. Their life
author of the book, The Fine Art of mended icebreakers include asking may have changed dramatically since
Small Talk, is also a nationally recog- people to describe the best job they you last saw them, so don’t ask about
nized trainer and speaker on the sub- ever had, the best place they ever particular people, jobs, or other
ject of “The Fine Art of Small Talk.” lived, their favorite family traditions, specifics in their life. Instead, ask to
She was the keynote speaker at the the best book they ever read or be brought up-to-date or inquire
April General Membership meeting of favorite movie seen, or why they like about what has happened in the past
the Rockford Area Association of a certain holiday. Whatever way you year. “You don’t want to put people
REALTORS® held at Giovanni’s choose, the key is to show interest in on the spot. You may not want to hear
Restaurant. Approximately 200 people the other person – and mean it. The the answer.”
attended and interacted with Debra as world has no shortage of people, so if
she demonstrated techniques and you have bad feelings about someone I will close with a poem that Debra
coached people on some of the ways or really don’t want to know them closed her presentation with. The next
they can fine-tune their social skills. better – don’t fake it. Find someone time you are in a business networking
“Every conversation is an opportuni- who looks lonely or interesting and environment, serving on a committee
ty,” Debra said, implying that REAL- get started. or at an Association function you may
TORS® should capitalize on this skill want to keep these thoughts in mind.
professionally and personally. She A good conversation always is a mat-
describes conversation as “slowly ter of give and take. Listening is just
peeling an onion – just one layer at a as important as talking. Debra said
time.” And she is always surprised at there are verbal and non-verbal cues Thoughts from a Member
how interesting, meaningful and fun it to show you are an interested listener.
is to take the time to talk with a Part of a good conversation is know- I see you at the meetings,
stranger. ing when to quit. Debra gives tips, But you never say hello.
too, on the graceful way to exit a con- You’re busy all the time you’re there
But conversation is an art – and versation such as stating you need to With those you really know.
Debra has the tools to get you started. get somewhere or talk to someone I sit among the members,
To begin with, you have to take the else. What you do want to avoid are Yet I’m a lonely gal.
risk. Secondly, you have to assume conversation “killers.” In her book, The new ones feel as strange as I,
the burden of conversation. It’s up to Debra lists eight sure-fire ways to
you to take the lead, open the door, The old ones pass us by.
destroy a conversation. Don’t expect
introduce yourself and others, and to Darn it, you folks urged us to join
a conversation to go well if you con-
come to the rescue when everyone at And talked of fellowship,
stantly fire questions at someone,
your table is feeling the pain of brag about yourself, continually look You could just cross the room, you know,
silence. If you can come to the rescue to top someone’s story, monopolize a But you never make the trip.
by starting a conversation and keep- conversation, constantly interrupt Can’t you just nod your head and smile
ing it alive, you will be a hero, she someone, be a know-it-all, tell people Or stop and shake a hand,
said. People will like you because you what to do, or be a poor sport by not Then go sit among your friends?
rescued them from having to take that playing by the conversation rules. Now that I’d understand.
responsibility. “If you assume the bur- Good conversation makes people feel I’ll be at your next meeting,
den, you can connect with anyone. good. When you make people feel
The more interest you show in some- And hope that you will spend
good, they will like you and want to The time to introduce yourself,
one, the more interesting you
do business with you – or be your I joined to be your friend.
become,” Debra stated to her REAL-
TOR® audience. “Our job is to make
Mr. Barbagallo has participated in the Carl contributes the success of his cam-
2005 REALTOR OF NAR Conventions and served on the paign to the mix of supporters, both
IAR Political Fundraising Working Democrat and Republican.
THE YEAR AWARD Group. He is also proud to say that a lot of
hard work paid off and his one-on-one
He sets an unreachable level of contact with his ward’s constituents was
enthusiasm and passion for philan- a plus.
thropic involvement. While he was
busy serving his Association, he also Aldermen meet every Monday night
brought prominence to our and may be appointed by the Mayor to
Association through his community serve on a committee. Carl looks for-
involvement by serving in various vol- ward to working with Mayor Larry
unteer positions including serving as a Morrissey. He anticipates addressing
Board of Director for Patriot’s public policy issues, crime, storm water
Gateway, Public Policy Steering issues and more.
Committee for the Rockford Chamber
of Commerce, and Silent Auction Carl has served as Board of Directors,
Chairman for the Northern Illinois President, President-Elect, Secretary-
Diabetes Coalition. He has also con- Treasurer, Chair of Education and
tributed silent auction items to over Governmental Affairs for the Rockford
60 not-for-profit organizations for Area Association of REALTORS®. He
fundraising purposes. was selected as the 2004 REALTOR® of
On Friday, April 8, 2005, at Congratulations Jim! You are truly
Giovanni’s Restaurant, Jim Barbagallo, deserving of this very prestigious He has served on the Equal Opportunity
Gambino, GMAC, was recognized as award. and Education Committee for the
the 2005 REALTOR® of the Year. Illinois Association of REALTORS®. He
currently serves on the Governmental
The objective of the REALTOR® of the Forum and Public Policy Committee for
Year Award is to recognize a REAL-
TOR® member of the Rockford Area
RAAR MEMBER IAR.
Association of REALTORS® who has WINS LOCAL Mr. Wasco has been serving as chair-
made a significant contribution to the man for the Rockford Housing
Association and the community at ELECTION Authority. Carl resigned from that posi-
large. To be recognized by their peers tion immediately following the election
for their extraordinary leadership, so that he could focus on
their exemplified principles of sound his new responsibilities.
real estate practices, and their pro-
found ability to promote cooperation The fourth ward incorporates everything
among their fellow REALTORS® is from Riverside on the north, I90 on the
truly an honor. east, Forest Hills on the west and
Springbrook on the south.
Jim has been in the real estate indus-
try since 1985 and through his tireless
involvement in our community and
Association, he has become an out-
standing ambassador of our profes-
sion, a fine representation of all that
the name REALTOR® stands for, and
a credit to the Rockford Area
Association of REALTORS®. Jim has
been in multiple leadership positions
for the local Association including
Board of Director, Secretary/Treasurer, Carl Wasco, C-21 Country North, won
President-elect, and Chairperson of the seat for Alderman of the 4th ward
the RPAC committee. He has also in the April 2005 elections. Mr. Wasco
been very active with the Rockford ran against incumbent David Johnson
Chapter of the Women’s Council of who has held the seat since 1983. The
REALTORS®. position has a four year term.
MOVING TIPS FOR SELLERS
1. Give your forwarding address to about restrictions on using the ele- open a bank account.
the post office, usually two to four vator or particular exits. 7. Empty your safety deposit box.
weeks ahead of the move. 10. Have a “first open” box with the 8. Put plants in boxes with holes for
2. Notify your credit card companies, things you’ll need most – toilet air circulation if you’re moving in
magazine subscriptions, and bank paper, soap, trash bags, scissors, cold weather.
of the change of address. hammer, screwdriver, pencils and
3. Develop a list of friends, relatives, paper, cups and plates, water, Six Items to Have on Hand for
and business colleagues who need snacks, and toothpaste. the New Owners
to be notified of the move.
4. Arrange to have utilities discon- If you are moving out of town: 1. Owner’s manuals for items left in
nected at your old home and con-
nected at your new one. 1. Get copies of medical and dental 2. Warranties for any items left in the
5. Cancel the newspaper. records and prescriptions for your house.
6. Check insurance coverage for family and your pets. 3. A list of local service providers– the
moved items. Usually movers only 2. Get copies of children’s school best dry cleaner, yard service, etc.
cover what they pack. records for transfer. 4. Garage door opener.
7. Clean out appliances and prepare 3. Ask friends for introductions to 5. Extra sets of house keys.
them for moving, if applicable. anyone they know in your neigh- 6. Code to burglar alarm and phone
8. Note the weight of the goods you’ll borhood. number of monitoring service if not
have moved, since long-distance 4. Consider special car needs for pets discontinued.
moves are usually billed accord- when traveling.
ingly to weight. Watch for movers 5. Let a friend or relative know your
that use excessive padding to add route. Reprinted from National Association
weight. 6. Carry traveler’s checks or an ATM of REALTORS as reprinted from REAL-
9. Check with your condo or co-op card for ready cash until you can TOR Magazine Online
On Monday, April 4, 2005, the Equal Demographics, stereotypes, successful
Opportunity Committee hosted and communication strategies, buying
subsidized a seminar with Dr. Tanuja habits, and cultural differences were
Singh, Associate Professor, all discussed in this very comprehen-
Department of Marketing at Northern sive program that was attended by
Illinois University. Following the pro- over 75 participants.
gram was a complimentary ethnic
luncheon provided by the volunteer
Keeping Rockford “Clean and Beautiful”
Information accumulated by Grapevine Staff
It is the time of year that we all clean Loves Park public property, the police depart-
out our garages, attics and basements Garage Sale- limited to three days ment will tow immediately. Vehicles
and find ourselves with an abundance and only two times per year. Permits on private property must be licensed,
of items that need to be discarded. must be obtained at the Loves Park have current city sticker, parked on
Below is some information that might City Clerk’s Office located at 100 paved drive, must be in running con-
assist you and/or your sellers get rid Heart Boulevard. No Fees. Signage- dition and no broken windows or flat
of some of that clutter. private property only and removed tires and all parts intact. If a vehicle
when sale is complete. sits for a year or more, unmoved, a
Metals Recycling Drive letter will be sent requiring it to be
Property Maintenance- Vehicle moved. If vehicle is in violation,
Machesney Park Mall Inspector will take photos and a letter
Violations- the Code Enforcement
Saturday, May 7th Department and Property will be sent giving a seven day notice.
9:00 am – 3:00 pm Maintenance Inspector does Drive If the situation is not corrected the
Inspections and receives approximate- vehicle will be towed. A code hearing
ly seven complaints per week. This will be sent to assess fines which
Clothing Drive could be from $1,000 up to $15,000.
department follows the International
All area Hilanders Property Maintenance Code Book in If not paid, it will be sent for collec-
Saturday, May 14th that no inoperable or unlicensed vehi- tion.
9:00 am – 2:00 pm cle can be parked or kept unassem-
bled. No painting of vehicles is Sanitation Ordinances- No curbside
allowed except in paint tent. The refuse can remain which are safety
Crayon Recycling Inspector does look at each instance hazards. If in violation, a seven day
Waste Management Site individually and works with the vehi- “notice to remove” letter will be sent.
13125 N. 2nd Street, Roscoe cle owners to alleviate the situation. If If no action is taken, the city sends
an agreement cannot be obtained, a out bids for contractors to remove. If
June 1st- 18th the bill is not paid, a lien is set
letter is sent, the vehicle is tagged and
the owners have three days to call. If against the property and amount is
Below is information regarding
no response, the vehicle will be applied to the tax bill. The lien must
municipal ordinances for inoperable
towed in seven days. Towing cost be paid otherwise, the taxes will
vehicles, environmental waste, and
$65, storage costs $15-$25 per day. show as not paid.
The last step would be to turn it over
to the city attorney at a cost of $750 Neighborhood Standards Department
Machesney Park will also assist with providing dump-
Garage Sale- limited to three days per day.
sters for neighborhood cleanups.
and only three times per year. Sign
ordinance- must be off right of way Large items- Rock River Disposal can
and removed when sale is completed. be contacted directly at 282-0200.
No fees. They pick up large items all year. The March Violations
Property Maintenance Inspector does
Property Maintenance- Vehicle regulate large items also.
Price increase violations: 20
Violations- complaints are accepted
Environmental Waste- Contact Rock Misc. Violation: 2
from citizens or drive inspections by
the Zoning Department of Machesney River Water Reclamation at 387-7400 “Class” Violations: 1
Park. After complaint, the vehicle is for paint and old batteries, etc. Pertinent Facts Violation: 8
tagged by the Winnebago County Wrong Grids: 12
Police/Machesney Division (877- Unauthorized use: 1
5519). After 10 days it will be ticket- Rockford
Garage Sale- Limited to two times per (Warning issued for first offense)
ed. It is illegal to have inoperable
vehicles in sight- must be in garage. year for three days each. No permits
needed or fees apply. Signage- private Fines Assessed:
Large items (mattresses, appliances, property or signs will be removed. Fine Pending 1
etc.) handled (very limited) by Onyx
Waste Systems. Also falls under Drive Neighborhood Standards
All other violators remedied their indi-
Inspections by the Zoning Vehicles- Complaints go to 987-5566.
vidual violations within the specified
Department. If in violation, a letter is There are four Neighborhood
Enforcement Inspectors that when time frame or received a first time
sent giving 14 days to respond, if no
time allows, will drive the city look- offense warning.
response it goes to attorney on staff.
ing for violators. If a vehicle is on
ROCKFORD BEGINNING TO GRASP VISITABILITY CONCEPT
Based on the recommen- that one in five individuals have work group has been established
dation of the Equal disabilities and this number may in Rockford to bring awareness to
Opportunity Committee, increase as we see the majority of this concept in new construction.
the Rockford Area Association of our population aging.
REALTORS® approved the support Several local builders will be
of the Visitability Program being To prove what a beneficial con- showing their support by featuring
promoted by RAMP (Regional cept this is, the State of Illinois has homes in the 2005 Parade of
Access & Mobilization Project). created a fund that pays home Homes that have “Visitability.”
Gary Oehlberg will be building
Visitability is a concept in new one in Kelly Meadows, John Slack
home design and construction that will be building a duplex in the
allows basic access to people with Village of Boulder Creek and Tom
mobility limitations. A “visitable” Howlett Builders will be doing the
home has the following features: 2005 ARC home with these fea-
• At least one no-step entrance on tures.
an accessible route
• 32” clear door openings on the “The overall response to this idea
main floor and 42” wide hallways has been extremely positive and
• A main floor bathroom that a we hope to see this as the norm in
person who uses a wheelchair can new home construction in the
enter, close the door and back out near future” says Kim
of, with blocking in the walls for Montgomery, Education and
the future addition of grab bars, Advocacy Coordinator for RAMP.
should that ever become a need. Kim also serves on the Equal
• Reachable controls, raised out- Opportunity Committee for RAAR.
lets, lowered switches and thermo- Kim has a son who had an unex-
stat pected accident three years ago
that left him with disabilities. She
The addition of these basic fea- now understands the shortage of
tures increases construction cost homes that can accommodate
an average of $200 per home, vs. those with disabilities. She feels
thousands of dollars in cost to that taking small steps in their
modify existing homes in this way. efforts to spread awareness about
By building homes in this way, it the importance of improving
is felt that it is not only creating inclusion in our communities for
access for people with mobility builders $5,000 per spec home people with mobility limitations
limitations to visit other people in built with these features through and the aging community is the
their homes, but also creating the Illinois Housing Development most realistic approach.
homes that people with these limi- Authority. Several presentations
tations could rent or purchase and have been made throughout the
more easily modify to meet their community which included vari-
own needs. It might also be noted ous legislators. An advocacy net-
happily. I am very thankful to have a
“What a Home Means To Me” beautiful home with a family who
loves me. Some people don’t have a
Essay Contest home or a family. I think it is our job
to help the people who don’t have all
The Rockford Area Association of sleep at night. I knew that a home the luck I have.
REALTORS®’ Affordable Housing was not what a home looked like, but My family is very blessed. We have a
Committee sponsored an essay the people who live inside. large brick house in a nice neighbor-
contest for all the children in 4th We were evicted from that house and hood with about forty families in it. I
and 5th grades in Winnebago and moved into a different house. It was have a seven-year-old sister. She can
Ogle County grade schools. Over an okay house but I didn’t have my be fairly annoying at times, but we
200 essays were reviewed for orig- swing set. The yard was dirt instead of still love each other. I also have a
inality, content and neatness. The grass. The paint on the walls was mom, dad and an eight-week-old
winners were recognized at the chipped and the carpeting was dirty. puppy named Vern. He is a Jack
General Membership meeting held We had a warm place to sleep at Russell, Welsh Corgi Mix. My family
on Friday, April 8th at Giovanni’s night and a place to relax at the end is only one out of millions of billions
restaurant. Featured are the first of the day. It was a place to socialize of families in the world, but I think
place winner essays. In addition to and to enjoy each other’s company. we are one of the luckiest.
the individual prizes that were Sometimes we fought and did not get
awarded, the class of all first place People like me should be thankful
along and even said we hated each that we have homes. I like to think of
winners will be hosted to a pizza other, but it always turns out right in
party. us as having a roof of love over our
the end. A home is also a place heads. “Home is where the heart is,”
where people accept you for how you Angela Carter once said and I think
What a Home Means To Me are. she is very right.
By Carolyn Donahue, Stiles School- I am thankful for my home because
5th Grade there are a lot of people without a
home. One of them is my father. I am What a Home Means To Me
In this essay you will read about my thankful that I am not homeless and By Bayley Kirchner, Monroe Center -
personal opinion of what a home that I have a warm place to sleep at 4th Grade
means to me. I will share with you night. To this day I still know that it
about my family, some of my old liv- What is a home? To me, a home is a
does not matter what a home looks
ing conditions, and some experiences place to be yourself, a place to spend
like on the inside, it is about the peo-
I encountered while living in my past time with your family, a place to cele-
ple who live inside. A home is a place
homes. I have worked hard on this brate and a place where you feel
where people accept you for who you
essay so I hope you enjoy it. loved.
are. This is what a home means to
When I was young I had a beautiful me. A home is a place to be yourself. You
home. It had a big garden with beau- don’t have to act like someone that
tiful flowers. We had a blue swing set What a Home Means To Me you are not to impress your family.
and I used to play on it for hours at a Your family will love you no matter
Libby Stephens, Etnyre School- 5th what you do.
time. I had everything I ever wanted Grade
in a home. Then my parents got a A home is a place to spend time with
divorce. My father moved out. Then A home is a very special place. A
your family. You can watch T.V., play
my mom and my family started to slip place where I am not judged on who
board games or just talk together. It’s
money wise. We could not buy as I am. A place where I have a family, a
to try new things and go new places.
many things as we used to. We could whole bunch of people who love me.
They’ll enjoy it and you will too.
not eat out a lot like we used to. We Angela Carter once said, “Home is
were lucky if we could go out to eat where the heart is.” I also believe this A home is a place to celebrate. You
at all. We were evicted after a year or because without a family to love me, can celebrate Easter, birthdays,
so. We moved to Rockford, IL. no matter how large my house is, I’d Christmas, Halloween, and any tradi-
be lonely without my family. tions your family has. You can get to
We moved into a small house with know one another better by talking at
two bedrooms. My oldest sister, There are many different types of
Kathleen got her own room and my homes. Some are shacks, some are
mom made another bedroom in the mansions, some are just people in the A home is a place where you feel
basement. My other sister and I had streets, but they’re all the same. They loved. You know you’re always wel-
to share a bedroom. I never com- all have a family inside of them. I come at your home. At your home
plained because even though I knew have a nice home and I’m lucky you are given love, respect, fairness,
that it was not nice, it was a place to because my parents have good jobs and forgiveness. In return you provide
so they can keep our family living this for your family.
What a Home Means To Me
(Cont.) Member Meanderings
In conclusion a home is a place to be AGENTS Luke Veitch, Gambino GMAC
yourself, a place to spend time with Laura Wauchope, Gambino GMAC
your family, a place to celebrate and
a place to be loved. Remember, a Lisa Anger, Gambino, GMAC
home is more than just a house. It’s a Lewis Bogaard, Gambino, GMAC Dropped
place to share important events in
Valerie Chambers, Prudential Crosby Virgil Richardson, C-21 Country North
Realtors Margaret Turcato, Gambino GMAC
Ron Clewer, William Charles RE
What a Home Means To Me Connie Francis, Whitehead Inc
Ron Colvin, Prudential Crosby Realtors
By Lorenzo Jimenez, Barbour
Language Academy- 4th Grade Richard Delacy Dickerson & Nieman Transfer
Home is where you are with people Frank Dluzen, CB Premier Robert Ciccone, Pioneer R.E.
you love and who love you. Home is Stan Emery, Prudential Crosby Realtors
where happiness flows around. Home Carol Pease, RE/Max Area Experts
is where you have fun with friends Kristine Geddes, Dickerson & Nieman Tina Eisler, RE/Max Area Experts
and family. Home is where you are Patricia Hauser, Best Realty Douglas Page, RE/Max Property Source
safe. Home is where you feel wel-
come and free. Home is where you Tony Hawthorne, C-21 Country North Karen Dickerson, RE/Max Property Source
can talk and trust people. Home isn’t Kathy Hinerichsen, CB Premier Wanda Brown, Prudential Crosby Realtors
always where you live. Sometimes it
Michelle Hunt, Whitehead Inc Christine Vyborny, C-21 Country North,
is where you feel happy and cared
about. I love my home because of my Shari Jackson, Dickerson & Nieman Roscoe
family that loves me. I have many Kathy Jarvis, Doyle Woodhouse & Moore Jane Gallagly, Gambino, GMAC - Roscoe
memories in my house. It would be
Susan Karavish, Gambino GMAC Richard Pettit, Ogle-Lee Realty
hard to leave them all behind. I love
my home because I always have John Keller, Prudential Crosby Realtors Betty Griffin, RE/Max Professional
something to do. My house is full of Advantage
Daniel Keegan, Johnson Maurer & Starck
warmth and comfort. It’s full of happi-
ness and love. I get taken care of and Sidney Kraus, CB Premier
I feel welcome. Not everybody has a OFFICE
Alice Leander, Banc One Realty Advisors
mansion or a lot of money. I don’t but New
my family and I are still very fortunate Ian McGregor, Whitehead Inc
RE/Max Area Experts
to have each other and a place we Seth Medina, C-21 Country North
call home. 7830 N. 2nd Street
Melissa Miller, RE/Max Property Source
Machesney Park, IL 61115
Melissa Morphey, Dickerson & Nieman
282-8789 Fax 986-1911
Marcus Nalewanski, Johnson Maurer &
Eileen Paul, Eileen Paul, Realtor RE/Max Professional Advantage
Ryan Petry, Tom McKiski 5213 Elevator Rd
Kimberly Rabey, Gambino GMAC Roscoe, IL 61073
Jayne Ragan, Gambino GMAC 623-8899 Fax 623-8897
Charlie Rawhoof, Prudential Crosby
Realtors Address Change
Victoria Segovia, Valley Realtors Commerical Property Team
Glen Swangren, Boone Realty 418 Financial Street
Jennifer Tate, Poe Realtors Rockford, IL 61108
Becky Thalhofer, Gambino GAMC
Teneille Thomas, Horizon RE
Victoria Tuschen, Prudential Crosby
The Rockford Area Association of REALTORS®’ Commercial and Industrial Committee hosted a booth at
the Chicago Industrial Properties Tradeshow on Thursday, March 24th. Mike Lunde, Gambino, GMAC,
Tom Ewing, Doyle Woodhouse & Moore, and Al Brillman, Doyle Woodhouse & Moore are pictured.
ABR Recipients Recognized
agent has taken steps
to continue their edu-
cation in the field of
and has the proven
experience and train-
ing to deliver ethical
and professional serv-
ice to real estate buy-
Barbara Carstens, Meltmar Inc., Today’s real estate brokers and Association is proud to
and Alisha Raudonis, RE/Max agents want to provide a full announce that it has two mem-
Professional Advantage, were menu of services for their bers who have ambitiously ful-
recognized on Friday, April 8, clients, whether they are buyers filled the comprehensive
2005 for receiving their ABR or sellers. The ABR designation, requirements and joined
(Accredited Buyer the benchmark of excellence in 30,000 real estate professionals
Representation) designation. real estate buyer representation, in North America who have
demonstrates to clients that the earned the ABR designation.
Mark Your Calendars!
Meetings are held at Association ofﬁces unless otherwise noted.
2- Computer Training- 2- 4 p.m.
5- American Bandstand-RPAC Style:Dancing Through the
Forest Hills Lodge
5:30 Cocktails- 6:00 Buffet Dinner- 6:30-9:30 Fun, Fun, Fun
5- Affordable Housing Committee 9:00 am
6- Contract & Forms 10:00 am
12- Education Committee 2:00 pm
13- Grapevine Committee 12:00pm
9-14 NAR Legislative Meetings
16- Computer Training 2:00- 4:00pm Sandra McTernan, Dickerson &
17- Equal Opportunity Committee 1:00pm Nieman Realtors, was recognized
19- WCR Luncheon - Hearth Rock Cafe - Bensons on Friday, April 8th at Giovanni’s
Board of Directors- 4:00pm for completing the requirements for
the GRI (Graduate REALTOR
7-9 Indoctrination This extremely beneficial accom-
16-17 Foundations for Success plishment is the first step to a more
23-24 Foundations for Success productive and lucrative real estate
23- Cubs vs Milwaukee- Milwaukee career. The Institute provides over
60 hours of training in marketing,
Board of Directors- 4:00 pm license law, tax updates, financing,
technology, negotiating and a
July wealth of other topics that enhance
18- Annual Play Day- Forest Hills Country Club the knowledge of the real estate
8- General Membership Meeting- Giovanni’s Congratulations Sandra!
Mayor Larry Morrissey
14- Chicago Cubs Outing- Wrigley Field
23- Annual Installation Banquet- Cliffbreakers
Note: Making note of events on one’s calendar does not replace the registration process.
Registration forms for all events will be mailed at a later time and must be submitted
with payment to reserve a seat.
Rockford Area Association of REALTORS® March Comparative Sales
HOUSES AND CONDOS ALL CLASSES
2005 2004 2005 YTD 2004 YTD 2005 2004 2005 YTD 2004 YTD
Sales 532 544 1249 1291 Sales 600 631 1415 1486
Volume $72,412,088 $65,582,255 $168,276,257 $150,427,122 Volume $79,527,433 $71,177,098 $188,575,466 $167,568,373
New Listings 928 908 2241 2354 New Listings 1081 1094 2668 2842
Average Sale $136,113 $120,556 134,729 116,520 Average Sale $132,546 $112,800 133,269 112,765
Current Listings 2123 1966 Current Listings 2865 2698