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IAR offices closed Monday for Presidents’ Day

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 3:55pm
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® offices, including the Legal Hotline and the Transaction Helpline will be closed all day Monday (Feb. 15) in observance of Presidents’ Day. Normal office hours will resume on Tuesday (Feb. 16).  

Three Rivers members partner with Joliet and community organizations to promote home ownership

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 3:15pm
The Three Rivers Association of REALTORS® (TRAR) hosted a luncheon Feb. 11 for members to learn more about the City of Joliet’s down payment assistance program and an April 9 Housing Expo for renters and commuters in the Joliet area. … Continue reading →

REALTORS® Hear Another Chapter in Black History

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 3:07pm
The Dearborn Realtist Board, which is the Chicago Chapter of the NationalAssociation of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB), came together in honor of Black History month at the Chicago Urban League yesterday and hosted author, Beryl Satter.  Ms. Satter, a Chicago … Continue reading →

AREAA Chicago Celebrates Leadership and Indian Culture

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 2:55pm
Last evening at the famous Stan Mansion in Chicago, IAR Leadership, President Mike Drews and President-Elect Doug Carpenter shared in the festivities at the Installation Gala of the Chicago Chapter of the Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA). 2016 … Continue reading →

REALTORS®: Mark your calendar for Feb. 18 Legal Webinar

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 12:32pm
Illinois REALTORS® can participate in the Feb. 18 IAR Legal Webinar, “Affiliated Businesses & Marketing Service Agreements,” starting at 9:30 a.m., with Jeffrey T. Baker, IAR Transaction Helpline Attorney and Betsy Urbance, IAR Legal Hotline Attorney. If members have a … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Mortgage rates head lower again this week

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 9:54am
Mortgage interest rates dipped again this week, falling near the lows last seen in 2015, Freddie Mac reported this morning. The 30-year, fixed rate averaged 3.65 percent while the 15-year, fixed rate averaged 2.95 percent. In a news release, Freddie … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: New ‘Get Realtor®’ ad campaign promotes the benefits of working with a REALTOR®

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 10:53am
Coming to a social media channel near you: a new consumer advertising campaign from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) called “Get REALTOR®.”  NAR’s new campaign seeks to remind younger, tech-savvy consumers of the important benefits of working with a … Continue reading →

Professionals form South Asia real estate organization in Chicago area

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 2:30pm
The Association of South Asian Real Estate Professionals (ASARP) held its first Inaugural Gala at the Cascade Banquet Hall in Bensenville on Jan. 29. The function marked beginning of a new era in the community outreach for real estate professionals. … Continue reading →

Murray leads managing brokers in ‘revolution’

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 11:55am
Managing brokers received the tools to create an “irresistable” office culture, motivate brokers, and to recruit and retain successful brokers at the free “Brokerage Revolution” seminar today at IAR Headquarters in Springfield. Nationally known real estate speaker Karel Murray led … Continue reading →

​Choose from IAR’s new CE packages for broker license renewal!

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 1:00pm
Two new continuing education packages have arrived just in time for broker license renewal. 12-hour package  IAR Licensing & Training Center now offers a 12-hour Online CE package that includes online proctoring! Take your exam at your home or office – … Continue reading →

Maskel finds rewarding ways to help his community

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 7:00am
REALTOR® Jim Maskel of Century 21 Coleman-Hornsby in Morris has found several ways to stay involved in his community while working on his career, volunteering for 20 Grundy County Corn Festivals and giving time during the last 12 years to … Continue reading →

State Senator talks flood prevention with Grundy County residents and REALTORS®

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 5:23pm
REALTOR® members, clients, elected officials and the public participated in State Senator Sue Rezin’s Grundy County Flood Prevention Forum on Feb. 3 in Morris, Illinois. Serious flooding in 2013 forced the Morris Hospital to evacuate nearly 50 patients and cost … Continue reading →

Act now to reserve your place at IAR Conference & Expo

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 11:00am
Don’t miss this important educational event for Illinois REALTORS® this spring: the IAR Conference & Expo, March 9–10, at the Gateway Center in Collinsville. Learn how to keep up with changing communications methods, legal issues and client expectations. Bring your local issues and … Continue reading →

Early voting begins today for Illinois primary elections

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 10:28am
Starting today, registered voters in Illinois can cast an ‘early voting’ ballot for the March 15 general primary elections without having to provide a reason, according to the Illinois State Board of Elections (ISBE). The local election authority will publish … Continue reading →

IAR representatives on hand for governor’s economic development announcement

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 4:35pm
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, announced the creation of a public-private partnership with a goal of attracting new businesses and jobs to Illinois. The Governor signed an Executive Order which will create a new economic development entity, … Continue reading →

IAR Leadership Training Academy kicks off

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 11:26am
Twelve Illinois REALTORS® began preparing for future work on committees, boards or as officers in real estate associations as they attended the 2016 IAR Leadership Training Academy Feb. 1 and 2 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton in Lombard. Participants … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: U.S. homeownership rate heads higher

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 9:40am
The homeownership rate is beginning to move higher, climbing to 63.8 percent in the final quarter of 2015, according to Census data. That’s a slight gain from the 63.7 percent rate the quarter before and a move in the right … Continue reading →

Managing brokers: Feb. 3 is last day to register for free ‘Brokerage Revolution’ seminar

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 4:51pm
Impact your brokerage’s bottom line with solutions from Karel Murray, a nationally-known authority on building real estate success. If you are a managing broker who  manages an office of five or more, you have one day left to register for … Continue reading →

Be prepared for IDFPR electronic notifications

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 4:10pm
Important: The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation is implementing a new electronic license renewal notification process in 2016. Previously, active licensees were notified by postcard that their license was due for renewal. Now, licensees will receive email notification … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Get ready for tax time with these deductions for homeowners

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 9:50am
With tax season right around the corner, it’s important not to forget the many tax deductions that might be available to you as a homeowner, from the mortgage interest deduction to tax credits for installing energy-efficient systems to your home. … Continue reading →