Last week’s presentations by National Association of REALTORS® Senior Policy Advisor Ken Fears and Sherrie Taylor of the Illinois Center for Governmental Studies at Northern Illinois University can be accessed online.

Photo of Freddie Mac headquartersThey spoke during the Illinois REALTORS® Housing Opportunity Working Group meeting Sept. 18 at the Chicago Marriott Naperville as part of the Fall Business Meetings.

Fears spoke about the future of government sponsored enterprises Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae and how the Trump administration wants them to operate in the future. See his presentation.

Close-up photo of top of 2020 U.S. Census formIllinois will lose at least one congressional seat because of population loss, said Taylor, and she asked REALTORS® to encourage clients to participate. Since the U.S. Census is conducted every 10 years, participation – or lack of participation – can have lasting financial and political impacts on Illinois residents. One way REALTORS® could help is to explain to tenants that roommates don’t receive separate census forms based on family relationships. Census forms are for households. See her presentation.

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