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Video key to REALTORS® success in future — YPN-WCR program

IARbuzz.com Blog - 6 hours 16 min ago
Whether trying to market themselves to future customers or enhancing their own image, REALTORS® will need to use video to be successful said Marki Lemons Ryhal and Carrie Bey-Little at the first event of the 2017 Capitol Conference & Lobby … Continue reading →

Fair Housing Video 2 offers many ideas to improve accessibility

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 4:40pm
In a second Fair Housing Video by Illinois REALTORS®, members can learn many ways landlords and property owners can better serve individuals with disabilities. One idea involves improving the accessibility of housing search and application processes, says Cristina Headly, Staff … Continue reading →

3 REALTORS® optimistic about strong growth in March housing sales numbers

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 4:09pm
With statewide inventories lower, sales numbers higher and median prices higher than a year before, Illinois REALTORS® offers the insights and expertise of three of its own members in a video about March housing numbers. With their perspectives, REALTORS® Maurice … Continue reading →

Illinois housing market swings into spring with jump in home sales, prices

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 8:25am
The Illinois housing market had a strong showing in March with home sales climbing 9.6 percent over previous-year levels and the statewide median price surging 10.7 percent higher,according to Illinois REALTORS®. Statewide home sales (including single-family homes and condominiums) in … Continue reading →

Record turnout expected Tuesday at Capitol Conference & REALTOR® Lobby Day

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 4:01pm
A record number of Illinois REALTORS® is expected Tuesday at the 2017 Capitol Conference and REALTOR® Lobby Day in Springfield. A quick-hitting video by Director of Political and Legislative Affairs Julie Sullivan outlines the day’s agenda, provides a short list … Continue reading →

Illinois housing market swings into spring with jump in home sales, prices

IAR News - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 3:11pm
Date:  April 21, 2017 Intro: 

The Illinois housing market had a strong showing in March with home sales climbing 9.6 percent over previous-year levels and a 10.7 percent gain in the statewide median price.

FOR RELEASE: April 21, 2017

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

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Watch for Illinois REALTORS® March housing report Friday

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 5:30am
Friday morning, the Illinois REALTORS® will release its March 2017 housing report, with data breakdowns for the state of Illinois, city of Chicago and the nine-county Chicago Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area (PMSA). Also included will be a housing market forecast … Continue reading →

REALTORS® wrap up strategic planning session

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 5:08pm
Members of the Illinois REALTORS® Strategic Thinkers Working Group and key association staff members concluded their two-day meeting Wednesday in Springfield, developing a three-year plan for the association. REALTORS® included: President Doug Carpenter of Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group … Continue reading →

Sellers and REALTORS® to benefit from format change to residential disclosure reports

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 4:11pm
A format change to the Illinois REALTORS® version of the Residential Real Property Disclosure Report will help seller clients and their REALTORS® better document when disclosures are presented to buyers. The change follows the regular forms review process by the … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Freddie Mac weighs in on why housing inventory is low

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 10:42am
As buyers head into the spring home buying season, they are finding that available inventories remain historically low. In its April market outlook, Freddie Mac offers two ideas on why more sellers might not be listing their homes right now. … Continue reading →

Online and offline, all rules apply!

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 8:39am
Social media has changed the way REALTORS® do business, and Marki Lemons Ryhal understands those changes. As a real estate educator who specializes in social media strategies, she has taught over 100,000 students and has earned more than 50 certifications, … Continue reading →

REALTOR® leaders contemplate member needs during next three years

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 04/18/2017 - 2:12pm
The Illinois REALTORS® Strategic Thinkers Working Group gathered in Springfield for a two-day session beginning Tuesday morning, with the objective of developing a three-year plan. President Doug Carpenter welcomed working group members to the meeting along with a number of … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Taxes done? Turn your attention to steps you can take to save money next year

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 04/18/2017 - 10:52am
If you’ve already filed your taxes and don’t have to worry about today’s deadline, congratulations and give yourself a pat on the back. OK, now start thinking about what you can do to save money for next year. The Realtor.com … Continue reading →

Your taxes are due today, April 18

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 04/18/2017 - 9:29am
According to the Internal Revenue Service, midnight tonight is the deadline for most individuals to submit their state and federal tax returns. Those who miss the deadline could face penalties and interest charges. If you would like an extension of federal … Continue reading →

See you at Capitol Conference & Lobby Day next Tuesday

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 04/17/2017 - 4:24pm
Watch this blog, Twitter and Facebook next week for photos and stories surrounding the Illinois REALTORS® Capitol Conference and REALTOR® Lobby Day in Springfield. The Luncheon and Legislative Briefing kicks off the day at 11:45 a.m. at the President Abraham … Continue reading →

Fair Housing Video Series

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 04/17/2017 - 11:44am
In recognition of April being National Fair Housing Month, Illinois REALTORS® recently conducted a series of interviews on the different ways housing law affects landlords and tenants. In the first video of our Fair Housing series, REALTORS® Mike Rickert and … Continue reading →

Seal more deals with better communication

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 04/17/2017 - 9:00am
Do you get tongue-tied when talking to clients? Do you wish you could communicate more clearly? Learn how to be a more confident and persuasive speaker by attending Anthony Huey’s session “Making Your Message Memorable – Stand Up, Stand Out … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® offices closed Friday, reopen Monday

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 04/13/2017 - 4:00pm
Illinois REALTORS® offices, including the Legal Hotline, will be closed Friday, April 14 in observance of Good Friday. Have a safe and happy Easter weekend! The offices will reopen Monday, April 17.

Morning Minute: Mortgage rates fall to lowest rate this year

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 04/13/2017 - 9:35am
Freddie Mac reports today that fixed mortgage rates moved lower this week and are now at the lowest levels so far in 2017. A 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.08 percent and a 15-year, fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.34 percent. Read more … Continue reading →