Fall Meetings: Business Issues Forum


In light of the nationwide diversity and inclusion dialogue, this forum provided an in-depth discussion of implicit bias and how to promote diversity and provide fair housing equally and consistently. Illinois REALTORS® 2020 Business Issues Forum Chair Jeff Gregory and Vice Chair Sarah Ware were joined by REALTOR® panelists, Nate Johnson, Jasmyn Jefferson and Michelle Walker, in examining the history of segregation and other systemic issues. They also tackled the persistence of racial injustice in our nation and outlined concrete actions that REALTOR® associations, brokerage companies and real estate professionals can take now to collectively and individually turn this tide.

Making Home Possible


Learn about affordable product solutions for borrowers with low to moderate incomes, educational resources for new and prospective borrowers, and solutions for homeowner recovery from the economic impact of COVID-19. Carmen Mercado, Single-Family Client & Community Engagement Senior Manager and Sandra Heidinger, Affordable Lending Manager, spoke to members about the changing demographics of homeowners, anticipated market trends, and Freddie Mac programs that help homebuyers achieve their objectives.

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