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Morning Minute: Sales of new homes in April hit 8-year high

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 1:08pm
Sales of new construction homes surged higher in April, climbing to the highest level since January 2008, according to Commerce Department data released today. Read “U.S. New-Home Sales Rise at Fastest Pace in Eight Years” by the Wall Street Journal … Continue reading →

CAR works with VAREP to help veterans with housing

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 9:22am
To help active duty troops and military veterans get a better understanding of available loans, financial literacy and home ownership issues, the Chicago Association of REALTORS® (CAR) began a new partnership program with the newly formed Chicago chapter of the … Continue reading →

Keenan, Ayres help found Geneva chapter of international organization

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 8:00am
In March 2015, inspired by Facebook activity of other chapters of “100 Women Who Care,” three friends – REALTOR® Teresa Keenan, REALTOR® Terra Ayres and Martha Brown – started their own chapter of 100 Women Who Care Geneva, representing Geneva, … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTOR® lobbyists race to the legislative session’s finish line

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 05/20/2016 - 4:36pm
The Illinois General Assembly is heading down the home stretch of the spring session, but Illinois REALTOR® lobbyists were hard at work to make sure last-minute legislation doesn’t hurt REALTORS® or their clients. Topping the agenda was work on SB … Continue reading →

April brings strong gains in Illinois home sales and prices

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 05/20/2016 - 9:40am
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois housing market accelerated in April with robust home sales and a double-digit year-over-year jump in the statewide median price, according to the Illinois REALTORS®. Statewide home sales (including single-family homes and condominiums) in April 2016 … Continue reading →

April brings strong gains in Illinois home sales and prices

IAR News - Thu, 05/19/2016 - 3:39pm
Date:  May 20, 2016 Intro: 

The Illinois housing market accelerated in April with robust home sales and a double-digit year-over-year jump in the statewide median price.

FOR RELEASE: May 20, 2016

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Watch for Illinois April housing data tomorrow

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 05/19/2016 - 2:33pm
How is the spring real estate market shaping up in Illinois? Did home sales and prices gain stronger momentum in April? Find out on Friday, May 20 when Illinois REALTORS® releases the April statewide housing data. You’ll find regional reports, … Continue reading →

Sponsored post: RPR can help sellers see the pricing light

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 05/19/2016 - 1:52pm
Flushing out what qualifies as an appreciable home improvement can be a sensitive issue. Homeowners who have put a lot of effort into converting the garage to a family room or the third bedroom to a new master closet may … Continue reading →

Need a place to meet at ICSC RECon? NAR has you covered

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 1:57pm
Heading to ICSC RECon in Las Vegas next week? The National Association of REALTORS® will have a presence at the conference staged by the International Council of Shopping Centers beginning Sunday at the Las Vegas Convention Center. And if you … Continue reading →

Less than a week to go to honor veterans with inclusion on Memorial Wall

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 11:19am
If you’d like a late veteran to be honored at the Illinois State Capitol for his or her military service this summer, please submit a photograph and a brief description of their story to the Illinois State Capitol Memorial Day … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Thinking of selling your home? Top reasons why owners decide to make a move

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 11:17am
In a recent blog post, “It’s a Great Time to Sell a Home — and to Buy Again,” Jonathan Smoke, chief economist of realtor.com, outlines the top five reasons why homeowners decide to sell their home, including the desire to … Continue reading →

Goodwin receives national business leadership honor

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 8:28am
The chairman and CEO of The Inland Real Estate Group of Companies has been recognized with a top national honor for business leadership. Illinois REALTOR® Daniel L. Goodwin was named the winner of the Stevie Award in the real estate … Continue reading →

See who was at NAR Midyear!

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 05/17/2016 - 11:58am

Zimmerman named as NAR commercial liaison for 2017

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 05/17/2016 - 11:26am
REALTOR® Deena Zimmerman was named as 2017 NAR commercial liaison at the Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Show held in Washington, D.C., last week. Zimmerman’s role has her reporting to the national association’s leadership about actions and issues before the multitude … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Housing starts climb higher in April

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 05/17/2016 - 10:02am
U.S. home construction picked up in April, a good sign for housing inventory levels, which have been lagging amid growing buyer demand. The Commerce Department reported today that U.S. housing starts increased 6.6 percent, an even stronger showing than economists … Continue reading →

Still time to honor late veterans at State Capitol this summer

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 05/16/2016 - 4:28pm
If you’d like a late veteran to be honored at the Illinois State Capitol for his or her military service this summer, please submit a photograph and a brief description of their story to the Illinois State Capitol Memorial Day … Continue reading →

AMPI/REALTOR® trade mission launches in Chicago

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 05/16/2016 - 4:00pm
Illinois REALTORS® met with representatives from a Mexican real estate association on Monday as part of a two-day trade mission which keynoted by Illinois Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti. The event at the Rosemont Doubletree Hotel was sponsored by the Mainstreet Organization of … Continue reading →

Guzmán named NAR VP, joins president’s cabinet for 2016-17

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 05/16/2016 - 3:32pm
Illinois REALTOR® Mabél Guzmán was announced as a 2017 NAR vice president at the national association’s board of directors meeting held in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, May 14, 2016. Guzmán, a broker for @properties in Chicago, will fill the VP position … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: IREM offering webinar on topic of criminal background checks and Fair Housing Act

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 05/16/2016 - 10:01am
Illinois REALTORS®, there’s still time to register for Tuesday’s webinar, “Criminal Background Checks and the Fair Housing Act: What You Need to Know to Be in Compliance,” being offered by the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM). The one-hour webinar … Continue reading →

Cannon and company organize community cleanup projects in Cahokia

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 05/16/2016 - 9:00am
In Cahokia, more and more people are learning about Chuck Baer Realty, Inc., through the efforts of Managing Broker Cindy Cannon and the community beautification projects she’s organized since 2013. Some residents may recognize the big red mascot used in … Continue reading →