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Morning Minute: Selling a home? Quick remodeling fixes that can boost value

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 11:06am
Taking the time to freshen up your home with the right remodeling jobs could help you get the best price when it comes time to sell. In the article, “Top 5 ways to boost the value of your home,” the … Continue reading →

Are you following these 2 residential disclosure tips?

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 9:17am
To help IAR members avoid problems when representing sellers, Jeffrey T. Baker, Sorling Northrup Attorneys, and IAR Transaction Helpline Attorney, offers two tips regarding completion of the Residential Real Property Disclosure Report. In the January issue of D.R. Legal News, … Continue reading →

Local TV personality helps Capital Area REALTORS® work with media

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 4:53pm
On Thursday morning, select members of the Capital Area REALTORS® (CAR) visited the Illinois Association of REALTORS® headquarters in Springfield for media training. CAR sent a group of its members attend the Thursday morning session as part of its Leadership … Continue reading →

Loretta Alonzo named Illinois REALTOR® of the Year for outstanding industry leadership, service

IAR News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 2:15pm
Date:  January 29, 2015 Intro: 

REALTOR® Loretta Alonzo, managing broker of Century 21 Affiliated in La Grange Park, has been named the 2015 Illinois REALTOR® of the Year. 

FOR RELEASE: January 29, 2015

For Further Information Contact: Jon Broadbooks, 217-529-2600

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Morning Minute: U.S. pending home sales dip in December but remain higher than a year ago

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 10:19am
The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) reports today that the December Pending Home Sales Index decreased 3.7 percent compared to the month before but is still 6.1 percent higher than December 2013. The NAR index is a forward-looking indicator based … Continue reading →

Get your Broker Management CE before prices go up

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 10:00am
Managing Brokers – Save yourself some money and relieve stress by signing up for the 12-hour IAR Broker Management Continuing Education (BMCE) webinar, scheduled for Feb. 4 and 5. The February course costs $139, and starts at 9 a.m. both … Continue reading →

December IAR housing data reports available in Spanish

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 10:48am
Don’t forget the Illinois Association of REALTORS® offers Spanish-language housing data for members and their clients. IAR provides data snapshots for Illinois, the nine-county Chicago area and the city of Chicago. To find December housing data, visit the MarketStats page at illinoisrealtor.org.

Do you know someone in the 2015 IAR leadership program?

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 10:25am
Participants in the Illinois Association of REALTORS® 2015 Leadership Development Program include IAR members from Marion to Galena to Chicago and many places in between. This year’s class kicks off training in Springfield Feb. 17 (noon to 4 p.m., then … Continue reading →

Learn more about the 2016 IAR treasurer candidates

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 4:05pm
As the Illinois Association of REALTORS®’ Nominating Committee gathers information and meets with 2016 IAR Treasurer Candidates Jeff Gregory and Matt Difanis, you can consider their qualifications too. Both have a history of success serving clients and helping colleagues through … Continue reading →

Register before midnight tonight for Managing Broker webinar Tuesday and Wednesday

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 11:57am
Upgrade to the Managing Broker license by completing the 15-hour “Managing Broker Pre-license Applied Management & Supervision” webinar starting Tuesday at 9 a.m. The webinar offers the interactive portion of the 45-hour Managing Broker requirement. Registration ends at midnight tonight … Continue reading →

See all you missed during this week’s IAR Public Policy Meetings

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 2:46pm
Want to catch up on what happened at the 2015 Illinois Association of REALTORS®’ Public Policy Meetings? From Monday through Thursday, Illinois REALTORS® gathered at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria to raise money, share ideas, learn new trends and … Continue reading →

Illinois home prices climb 3.7 percent in December #IARMarketStats

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 12:17pm
Illinois home prices continued to recover with median prices showing year-over-year gains every month in 2014. Home sales, while modestly lower than 2013, pointed toward a stabilizing market, according to the latest report from the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. Some … Continue reading →

Five reasons for optimism about the 2015 housing market

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 9:17am
The Illinois housing market in 2014 reflected a return to a more normal market with gradual and consistent gains in home prices and sales. With 2015 sales and prices expected to build on that steady momentum, there is optimism for … Continue reading →

IAR Board takes steps to enhance political advocacy efforts

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 8:19am
IAR’s board of directors approved a $25 increase in the RVOICE Initiative Assessment, earmarking the additional funds to enhance the association’s mission of promoting and defending private property rights. The board approved the measure at its meeting on Thursday, Jan. … Continue reading →

Dalessandro recommended for 2017 vice president for NAR’s Region 7

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 8:16am
Longtime IAR member Pat Dalessandro was recommended to be regional vice president for 2017 by IAR the board. The nomination must be sanctioned by NAR. Region 7 includes Illinois, Indiana and Ohio, and as president Dalessandro will work on REALTOR® … Continue reading →

IAR Policy Meeting events raise more than $91,000

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 5:16pm
A pair of events at the Illinois Association of REALTORS® Public Policy Meetings in East Peoria raised more than $91,000 to benefit the association’s political action committee and an educational foundation. The RPAC auction held on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, … Continue reading →

Illinois home prices climb 3.7 percent in December; 2014 seen as a stabilizing year

IAR News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 5:15pm
Date:  January 23, 2015 Intro: 

Illinois home prices continued to recover with median prices showing year-over-year gains every month in 2014. Home sales, while modestly lower than 2013, pointed toward a stabilizing market.

FOR RELEASE: January 23, 2015

For Further Information Contact: Stephanie Sievers, 217-529-2600

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Wiercinski recognized by board for service with proclamation

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 5:04pm
Longtime IAR member and former association board member Chuck Wiercinski was honored for a lifetime of service at IAR’s Board of Directors meeting in East Peoria on Jan. 22. Wiercinski, who served on numerous IAR committees and had been honored … Continue reading →

Dalessandro named to represent Illinois as Region 7 VP

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 4:56pm
Former IAR president Pat Dalessandro was named vice president for NAR’s Region 7. Region 7 includes Illinois, Indiana and Ohio, and as president Dalessandro will work on REALTOR® advocacy both regionally and at the national level. He takes over from … Continue reading →