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RASI members collect toys, food and clothes for holidays

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 12/09/2016 - 3:28pm
Members of the REALTOR® Association of Southwestern Illinois (RASI) showed their generosity earlier this month as they collected toys for the Griffin Center in East St. Louis, food and toiletries for the Community Interfaith Food Pantry in Belleville and gifts … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® sponsors IDCEO reception as part of global outreach efforts

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 12/09/2016 - 10:00am
  Illinois REALTORS® was a sponsor for a pair of receptions held for the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. The events, held in Chicago and Springfield, offered Illinois REALTORS® members a chance to meet agency officials, and state … Continue reading →

Chicago YPN raises more than $400 for Salvation Army

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 12/07/2016 - 3:04pm
With 20 volunteers covering two locations, the Chicago Association of REALTORS® (CAR) Young Professionals Network raised $416.86 for the Salvation Army during Real Estate Ring Day last Friday. Volunteers rang bells to encourage shoppers to put money in the Salvation … Continue reading →

Poll: Evanston residents cool to idea of energy benchmarking

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 12/07/2016 - 6:32am
A plan to force building owners in Evanston to report energy usage under a city proposal might want to heed the results of an Illinois REALTOR® survey. Under the Evanston proposal, buildings which are larger than 20,000 square feet would … Continue reading →

Chris Bird offers free tax tips Dec. 19 on Facebook Live

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 12/06/2016 - 2:00pm
Join former IRS agent Chris Bird at 1 p.m. Dec. 19 on Facebook Live as he explains how REALTORS® can maximize their tax benefits now and in the new year during “Ten Tax Tips for REALTORS®.” You may have attended … Continue reading →

Champaign County REALTORS® blanket 9 organizations with support

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 12/06/2016 - 8:00am
The Champaign County Association of REALTORS® (CCAR) donated 228 new blankets through its Bundles of Warmth program to nine area charities and nonprofit organizations, including seven in Champaign and one in Urbana. The Champaign organizations are: Restoration Ministry, Salt and … Continue reading →

Dolan and friends keep feeding Aurora food pantry

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 12/05/2016 - 10:26am
One of the most inspiring people Aurora-area REALTOR® Brian Dolan has ever met was the late Marie Wilkinson of Aurora. Described as a social activist and credited with helping Illinois pass the state’s first Fair Housing Ordinance in 1968, Wilkinson … Continue reading →

REALTOR® Jim Kinney named to state’s Bicentennial Commission

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 5:24pm
Illinois REALTOR® Jim Kinney was named to the Illinois Bicentennial Commission Friday by Gov. Bruce Rauner, placing him on a 51-member panel which will shape the state’s 200th birthday celebration. Kinney, vice president for luxury sales at Baird & Warner … Continue reading →

State Capitol Report - Dec. 2, 2016

Capitol Report - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 3:29pm

The General Assembly completed its annual fall session Thursday evening and scheduled two days in January for a wrap-up of the current 99th General Assembly. These two “lame duck” session days will be watched closely as unresolved issues could be on the table. There are 14 members of the current House of Representatives that are NOT returning and four members of the Senate. Those elected to the General Assembly at November’s general election will be sworn in to the 100th General Assembly on January 11, 2017.

Date:  December 2, 2016

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Next legal webinar features ‘Recent Case Reviews, Legislation and Year-end Items’

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 1:36pm
Members can login at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 15 for the final Illinois REALTORS® Legal Webinar of 2016, “Recent Case Reviews, Legislation and Year-end Items.” Join Illinois REALTORS® Legal Helpline Attorney Jeff Baker and Legal Hotline Attorney Betsy Urbance for … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: U.S. economy adds jobs, unemployment rate falls to nine-year low

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 10:52am
November brought jobs growth with the U.S. Labor Department reporting the creation of 178,000 new jobs. At the same time, the nation’s unemployment rate fell to 4.6 percent, the lowest rate since August 2007, reports The Wall Street Journal in … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS®: Now’s the time to check your contact information

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 3:00pm
Whether you’ve moved, changed your name, added a phone or changed your email address, this is the perfect time to contact your local association and make sure all your contact information is up-to-date. If you start with your local association, … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: 8 home maintenance projects you need to do in December

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 9:47am
It’s officially December! Before we get too far into winter, now is the time to take care of a few important home maintenance jobs that will prepare your house for cold weather. The realtor.com article, “Check Yourself: Home Maintenance Tasks … Continue reading →

GRI Grad kicks off with panel of top producers

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 11:55am
One of Illinois REALTORS’ signature education programs began Wednesday with a panel that explored the tactics necessary to become a top agent. The association’s GRI Grad program runs through Thursday at the Embassy Suites and Conference Center in East Peoria. The … Continue reading →

Peoria city manager, REALTORS® discuss future of city, region

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 11:18am
  Review of the city’s recently passed budget, including operating budget highlights, investments in infrastructure, rental inspections, code enforcements, property tax levy and historic tax credits for the redevelopment of Peoria’s downtown were among the topics discussed Tuesday afternoon by … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: U.S. pending home sales inch slightly higher in October, NAR reports

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 10:52am
October pending home sales rose slightly — up 0.1 percent — compared to the month before and was 1.8 percent higher than a year ago, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) reports today. “Most of the country last month saw … Continue reading →

RANWIL collects for Lena Area Food Pantry

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 7:00am
Several members of the Pat Brown Realtors brokerage in Lena jumped into action after a recent board meeting for the REALTOR® Association of Northwestern Illinois (RANWIL) and organized a food drive during the month of November for the Lena Area … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: U.S. economy showed strong growth in last quarter; consumer confidence climbs

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 9:43am
The U.S. economy had a strong third quarter with 3.2 percent growth, the largest quarterly gains in two years, according to the latest Commerce Department data, CNN reports today. And in November, consumer confidence jumped to its highest level since … Continue reading →

Serving on Mahomet Village Board worth sacrifice for Cook

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 9:00am
As REALTOR® Vicki Cook starts her seventh year as a trustee for the village of Mahomet, she is grateful for the opportunity she’s had to serve the community through public office. Any misgivings she may have had when she was … Continue reading →