As a real estate licensee, you can elect to join the National Association of REALTORS®, one of the largest trade associations in the country. By joining the REALTOR® Association of Southwestern Illinois, a local association of REALTORS®, you also become a member of the Illinois Association of REALTORS®, with over 46,000 members, and the National Association of REALTORS® and its over one million members. It is within this three-way membership that you’ll receive opportunities for training, networking, publications and the most current legal updates, standardized forms, and access to the REALTOR® association staff and resources.
Besides keeping you current on issues relating to real estate professionals, you’ll also earn the opportunity to call yourself a REALTOR® and use the trademark REALTOR® “R” logo, which the public recognizes as the standard for ethics and professionalism in real estate.
As with many other professions, education and licensing are required. In order to obtain your real estate license in Illinois you must:
• be at least 21 years old and a high school
graduate or equivalent;
• have successfully completed the pre-
licensing education requirements;
• be sponsored by a sponsoring broker; and
• have passed the state exam authorized by
the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.
Illinois is one state that mandates continuing education (CE) for its licensees. Licensees must complete and pass CE courses at the rate of six hours per year every two years in order to maintain their licenses. These courses keep real estate professionals current on topics such as ethics, agency, legal issues, license law, antitrust and finance. The Illinois Association of REALTORS® and many local REALTOR® associations, offer a variety of pre-license and continuing