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									Kerry Kidwell’s favorite links for Illinois REALTORS®
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Updated 09/09

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ASSOCIATION, REALTOR National Assoc. of Realtors Illinois Assoc. of Realtors AGENT- REAL ESTATE NEWS Inman Realty Times Real Town NAR IRED RE Cyber Society AUCTIONS Priceline Ebay Yahoo Auction Auction Sniper Woot


Tons of searchable info for Realtors only Education, schedules, and lot of links!

Daily news emailed to you Lots of stuff for consumers and agents Lots of stuff, including real estate listservs! Realtor Magazine Online Popular real estate site Interesting real estate /tech site

Name your price for hotels and airfare Buy and sell anything! Bid on about anything! Place bids at the last second and win! Sells ONE item per day- weird!

BACK UPS + ONLINE STORAGE Mozy Symantec Carbonite Iron Mountain iBackup Drive Headquarters Box Drop MyBackupBox COMPUTERS Dell IBM HP Gateway CONSUMER - BUYER SITES VA Freddie Mac Rev 1009 Largest site for home listings on the Web New - VA Repo list Freddie Mac repo’s and other information Build your own on most of these sites! www.Drop.IO 2 gb free / $4.95 per month for unlimited $49.99 for 25 gb $54.95 / yr – unlimited backups $9.95/mo – unlimited backups $2.99/mo – 2 gb – nice comparison chart Drop site Free drop boxes – up to 100 mb each A great, easy way to backup your stuff

HUD Repo homes Trulia Craigslist Link to HUD IL repo list Search Rentals and Listings More than just a dating site!

CONSUMER - SELLER SITES Homegain Chicago Title Home Doctor Feng Shui Zillow

A site to help sellers select an agent Order title work here Do-it-yourself home repair guide Stage your home correctly! What’s your house worth?

DEMOGRAPHICS/SURVEYS Buyer origins by county from NAR Census Bureau Census Bureau information Tons of stats by town NAR stats Market stats from NAR Search Systems Public record locator Statistics Tons of government statistics Surveys Do your own surveys! City Data Provides tons of demographics for all towns CEO Express Keep track of ALL the headline news DESIGNATIONS – AGENTS All designations REBAC CCIM CPM CRB CRS ePRO GRI GREEN RLI Link to all designations Real Estate Buyer Agency Council Certified Commercial Investment Member Certified Property Managers Certified Real Estate Brokers Certified Residential Specialist Online ePRO Graduate of REALTOR® Institute GREEN Designation – NEW! REALTORS® Land Institute

ENVIRONMENTAL / DISCLOSURE Sex Offenders IL Sex Offenders Termites Information Ventures Cap Index Radon Lead Scorecard HADD Pressure treated lumber AIHA CLUE Reports ASHI ECHO IL Flood maps Mine Subsidence LUST IL Home Inspection Ordinances National website of sex offenders – incomplete State of IL list Lots of termite info Environmental issues including EMF info Crime stats in some cities Radon information National Lead Center – download forms Toxic sites in your neighborhood Homeowners Against Defective Dwellings An overview of arsenic in lumber Health care issues at work Reports on past insurance claims Home inspector organization Who’s polluting your town? Interactive maps Learn more about mine subsidence in IL All about underground tanks in IL By city/village

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FINANCE Fannie Mae Good resources Online access to loan process Freddie Mac Ginnie Mae HUD FHA, lending and consumer info VA Veteran’s info, including housing Federal Home Loan Banks Wholesale money to banks for housing IHDA Low income assistance USDA Rural Development Rural low income loans Nat. Foundation for Credit Counseling Help fix bad credit/ get advice Mortgage Bankers Assoc. of America Federal Trade Commission Don’t get ripped off! Internal Revenue Service Check tax information RESPA True Credit Experian Credit Reporting service Equifax Credit Reporting service Transunion Credit Reporting service Fair Issac Get your FICO scores Mortgage Broker licensing MISMO E-mortgage info site of Mortgage Bankers of America Free Annual Credit Report Get your free annual report here Measuring a house Guidelines for measuring Implode-o-Meter Lenders that are in trouble

MORTGAGE FRAUD AND PREDATORY LENDING Mortgage Fraud Blog Stop Mortgage Fraud FBI DFPR FAQ’s Responsible Lending FAIR HOUSING The Housing Site Lots of fair housing info by IAR IL Human Rights Commission Advertising – Fair housing Guidelines for fair housing ads National Fair Housing Advocate Great site for instructors, includes case laws City of Urbana Fair Housing US Census Bureau Lots of housing stats FUN STUFF Any Birthday How Stuff Works Uproar Aphorisms Bezerk Rev 1009 Find almost anyone’s birthday! Find out LOTS of good stuff! Play games Get great quotes here for your next speech Online games / “You Don’t Know Jack” Lots of good cases Questions and Answers

IL Predatory Lending Rules

Urban Legends Snopes Home Doctor Cyber Camera Yahoo Sales Autopsy Shockwave Bored Funny Hub Audible GOVERNMENT ARELLO AMP The White House HUD House of Representatives Department of the Army OSHA Internal Revenue Service First Gov DOJ and Realtors Official DOJ/Anti Realtor site What We Do For Out Money NAR / DOJ Settlement Are they fact or fiction? Find out! Is it a rumor or real? Do-it-Yourself home repair guide A lot of fun!  Join or start you own club or chat! Postmortem of sales that died! Funny! Gotta have this for your computer animation! Lots of links to fun and trivia! Be sure to check out the pictures! Download audio books Assoc. of Real Estate License Law Officials Handbooks for licensing exams Official White house site Includes fair housing and repo sales Write your Representative Military benefits, including VA From ergonomics to SARS, it’s here Forms and business expenses explained Just about everything from the USA govt. Why they hate us! Unbelievable crap! What WE told congress. Good checklist.

GRAPHICS and PHOTO SITES Clip Art Clip Art Dazzle GIMP Microsoft Shockwave Snapfish Wikimedia Commons PD Photo IStockPhotos Flickr Photobucket Slide Smugmug WebShots LANDLORD – TENANT Fair Debt Collection Act What you CAN’T do to collect Illinois Tenant Union Chicago and suburbs Center for Renter’s Rights University of Illinois tenant group Univ. of IL Site NIU student Bill of Rights Northern IL University site Property Management Shop Lots of forms, signs, etc. Landlord Protection Agency Satellite dish info, forms, FREE! IL Landlord/Tenant Act Institute of Real Estate Management Lots of reference and forms HUD- Sect 8 FAQ City of Champaign Fair Housing City code directory Rev 1009 Lots of free real estate clip art More free clip art Digital video on your PC Free image manipulation software Bill’s homepage and lots of free downloads Gotta have this for your computer animation Get photos and digital pics cheap Pics, maps, clip art mostly royalty free Public domain pics Annual fee to download Pay per picture

Fair Credit Reporting Act Government site$FILE/FCRABroch.pdf NAR Brochure Equal Credit Opportunity Act Find people and do background checks Mrlandlord Lots of stuff for landlords +$10 credit reports LEGAL / CASE LAW Advertising – FTC Guidelines for credit terms in ads Find Law Links to sources everywhere Law Guru Tons of legal cases and links; attorney jokes! Law News Network More interesting legal stuff! Legal reference Tons of good legal stuff for everyday people Overlawyered Are there too many? Safeshopping American Bar Assoc. Internet shopping guide David Slachter Homepage Interesting home page of a real estate attorney Advertising – Spam CAN-SPAM Act FACT Act Destroy old documents! FTC/FACT ACT NOLO Everyday law for everyday people Judici Legal docs for many IL counties

LICENSING / STATE Government Real Estate Homepage –IDFPR CE Lookup –IDFPR Disciplines–IDFPR License Lookup–IDFPR Education–IDFPR Staff contact info- IDFPR IL Treasurer/Cash Dash MAPS Color from space Earth and Moon Viewer Mapblast Mapquest Terra Fly Yahoo Huge Maps MARKETING Blue Mountain Cards Brochure boxes Capture Card Color for Real Estate erealtycards Express Copy Home Feedback Info USA Layton printing Lowes Magnets USA Magnet Street Perfect Closing Gift Photobucks Promotion Music Post your listings Productive Products Rev 1009 Send animated greeting cards – free! Brochure boxes and hangers Labels on the back of your business card Unique mailers and flyer printers Electronic real estate cards! Color copies overnight only .39 Get showings arranged & feedback $20/mo Buy mailing lists on CD-ROM Notepads and business cards Discounts for you and your clients Tons of magnetic products Magnets and more Rubber stamp with buyers new address $109 for 500 Million Dollar bills of you Custom made CD’s for agents Put your listings on 15+ sites Great place to buy all your yard signs! $10 for beautiful color photos See what the earth looks like right now Enter an address and get a map Another good mapping site Variety of satellite views More maps AND driving directions Shows boundaries of cities, zip codes, etc Opening page for real estate division CE credit lookup View all discipline License lookup page Links about education & IDFPR Phones / addresses / email Find money / annual reporting

REBAC SellsSmart Sendsations Sparrow & Jacobs Superior The Box Company The Best Present Talking House Zillow

ABR marketing tools Brochures, postcards, door hangers, etc. More stuff to mail! All sorts of mailers, postcards, calendars All kinds of real estate products Moving boxes with your name on them Pre-paid Mastercard with your ad! Let buyers hear about your listing in the drive Market yourself and your listings

MEDIA- GENERAL American Journalism Review PRW Jing News media plus writing aids Press release writing tips Ad visuals to online conversations

MUSIC SITES Pandora Slacker Grooveshark Radio Station Guide NEWS- REAL ESTATE American Planning Association Arch News Inman News IRED NAHB Research Center NAR Planetizen Real Estate Cyberspace Society Real Estate Professional Realtor news Realty Times Smart Growth Smart Growth America Urban Land Institute OTHER COOL STUFF Download Uproar Pricewatch Pricescan RealNetworks Shockwave Microsoft Dazzle Clip art Omniture Toon tracker PDF995 The Free Dictionary Postlets ChaCha Rev 1009 Lots of free downloads Play games Buy tech stuff at great prices! Don't pay too much! Get Realplayer & Realjukebox here Get Shockwave for animated homepages Bill’s homepage and lots of free downloads Digital video on your PC Free real estate clip art, some animated Web Analytics Every wanted to know about the old cartoons? Mke pdf files for FREE! Great place for reference material Enhance your Craig’slist or other listings Get answers by texting to 242242 Development news Architecture and real estate development Daily news emailed to you. Huge, popular real estate site–they will rate yours Building industry news REALTOR® Magazine Online Planning and development network Interesting real estate /tech site; free on-line convention Articles Real Estate Professional magazine News mailed to you from NAR Lots of stuff for consumers and agents Urban Land Institute site Land use info Publication of Urban Land Create your own radio stations! Similar to Pandora- use with Blackberry Pick the actual song you want to hear! Lots of choices for online news/music

PHOTOGRAPHY Snapfish Get photos and digital pics cheap! Photo Story 3 Free cool tool FREE from Microsoft! Click below: Flickr Share photos and videos


Xerox printers for free!

PROJECTORS Boxlight Infocus Sharp Projector superstore Projectorxpress Good place to buy a projector

Lots of different projectors Great prices!

SEARCHING / Finding people & information Dogpile Google Google desktop search Supercrawler Ask Jeeves Ask Simon Whowhere Infokey Lookupusa Anywho Switchboard Cyndilist Speegle Superpages 411 SOCIAL NETWORKING Facebook MySpace Twitter Pipl LinkedIn Plaxo Spoke Ecademy Ning Join Kerry Kidwell’s Education Forum! The original Follow your heros! More of a search site For professionals For business people Create your own network Web catalog and search – good resource Unbelievably fast searching Search your harddrive with google Searches all major search engines Find things by asking questions Finds names, addresses, & phone numbers Family name origins People finder and reverse directory People finder & reverse directories Find a person or business Genealogy – 100,000 links! A search engine that speaks to you! Look up info on a city level Reverse phone book, name look-up, etc

TECH COMMUNICATION JiWire Avantgo Jconnect E-fax Rev 1009 Find hotspots when you travel Download info into your PDA Faxes and voicemail sent to your email Check it out! Faxes anywhere.

MaxEmail UFax Yahoo voice Visitalk Net2 Phone Callwave Hotmail Juno ULOCATE Skype Vonage Jott Showing Feedback Log Me In Sly Dial

Faxing and voice mail Great faxing stuff-NAR discount Talk over your computer microphone Voice email and online video conferencing Free phone calls from your PC Internet answering machine Free email service Follow anyone with a GPS! Kids? Talk for free over the internet! Talk over your regular phone Place a call that sends an email Get feedback quickly and easily Take remote control of your PC! Leave a direct voice message

TECH NEWS PC Magazine PC World Stephen Canale Kim Komando RE Cyber Society Products reviews and downloads Lots of reviews and downloads Sign up for Stephen’s Tips and Tricks Website for radio show Get the newsletter! Tons of cool tips- some free!

SOFTWARE for REAL ESTATE AGENTS Top Producer Checklists & Systems SHOPPING- GENERAL Shopping .com PriceGrabber Virtual Florist Movies Road Warrior Postage Stamps Dealtime Graveyard Mall Instruction manuals Phone Dog Penny Wise Lowe’s TRAVEL –AIRLINES American Northwest Southwest United Airtran TRAVEL - CARS Hertz Alamo Budget Avis Rev 1009 Cheap videos, CDs, DVDs- enter "chipmunk" for discount Compare Internet prices! Compare prices Buy real and “cyber” flowers for friends Buy your favorite movies, old and new Laptop accessories Order direct from US Post Office Compare prices on lots of products Buy overstocked merchandise Find your lost manual here to about anything! Compare phone rates and plans Great Realtor prices on office supplies Discounts for Realtors and clients. These are the top two to consider buying Real estate system to help you profit!

CARS Carfax Gas Buddy

Buy, sell and research car purchases Find out if a car has been in a wreck! Gives you lowest & highest prices by state

TRAVEL- GENERAL AAA Chicago Motor Club Illinois Dept of Transportation Travelocity Priceline Hotels Orbitz Expedia Hotwire Hotels Flytecomm iExplore Vacation Rentals By Owner VIRTUAL TOUR IPIX 360 x 360 degree tour, user controlled Discounted travel and maps for members Road condition, construction, etc. in Illinois Book your trip or have them watch for sales! Name your price on travel, cars, etc! Cheap rates at hotels and motels around the world Discount travel site Discount travel site Discount travel site Watch a plane in flight! Comparison shop and bargains galore Get some great prices!

VIRTUAL WORLDS Second Life There Whyville Explore another world! Spend REAL money. Are you ready for the future? Virtual world for kids

VIRUS PROTECTION McAfee Symantec Ad-aware Spybot Automatically updates virus protection Another good virus protection site Free download to help eliminate adware Helps rid you of spyware

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