Investing In Communities exists so that every brokered real estate transaction can make a positive impact for charities chosen by consumers.

For this vision to become reality, IIC strives to provide consumers with referrals to the brokers best suited for each specific transaction. Whenever possible, IIC will include brokers we have worked with successfully in the past. We’ve found that each IIC transaction usually creates a ripple effect of marketing and new business opportunities within the community of the benefiting charity. The best way to make that happen in your market is to encourage your prospective clients to use IIC to generate funds for their favorite charity. By submitting your application to be entered in our database, you’ll also receive occasional pointers on how to improve your client satisfaction and lead flow by using IIC.

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FAQs

When you use IIC to engage a broker for your real estate transaction, you enable IIC to earn a referral fee from the real estate company with which that broker is affiliated, after your transaction closes. IIC then enables you to provide 70% of that referral fee to an Eligible Charity of your choice at no cost to you! If you do not have a broker in mind for your transaction, we will help you identify appropriate brokers for you to choose among one that will become your Representing Broker. IIC selects brokers solely on the basis of being a good fit for the business specifics of your upcoming transaction, and not because they may be charitable. If you already have a broker in mind, we will make the same arrangements with them.

Yes. IIC is licensed in Illinois as a real estate broker. This allows sponsoring brokers in any state to pay us a Referral Fee in full compliance with their state’s licensing regulations. But IIC has not in the past, and has no plans in the future, to act as the licensed real estate fiduciary (Representing Broker) of any party in any real estate transaction.

 

If you have relationships with any charities or companies, you can invite them to join IIC. Companies can use IIC for their own commercial real estate transactions that will also benefit their favorite or their employees’ favorite charities. They can build their brand as a socially conscious business as more people associated with the company use IIC for their own residential real estate. Local charities will also be motivated to share IIC with their supporters and we can track who invited them.

Nope, but we think it’s a pretty good bet that you will get more leads and clients if you position yourself as an enlightened broker.

Yes! We encourage you to promote the fact that you’ve worked with IIC. However, it is misleading to give consumers the impression that there are only certain brokers that work with IIC.

You will be pleased to know that whenever it’s in the consumer’s best interest because you might be a good fit for their IIC transaction, we will include in the referral list that we give to the consumer brokers with whom we’ve already worked.

Your client can specify the broker they want to use and the charity they want to benefit from the referral fee. That funding usually motivates the charity to remind their supporters about IIC, which generates more leads for IIC. In turn IIC, always prefers to include, when there is a match with the consumer’s needs, “IIC champions” in our three referrals. That’s our name for agents & brokers who have handled IIC referrals. Think of your next client as an investment in a new pipeline of leads.

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