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Manar, Jacobs get REALTOR® support in upcoming election

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 6:00am
IAR members – When you head to the polls to vote in the Nov. 4 general election, the Illinois REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) encourages you to vote for incumbents Sen. Andy Manar (D) and Sen. Mike Jacobs (D).  Deemed … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Is rising student loan debt impacting housing?

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 10:28am
A new study from John Burns Real Estate Consulting estimates that growing student loan debt is making it harder for younger buyers to afford a home and that will negatively impact the housing market, HousingWire reports in the article, “Student … Continue reading →

Not one, not two, but 11 ideas for rookies to succeed in real estate

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 5:31pm
Listen to the ideas of real estate author Bernice Ross, who is CEO of RealEstateCoach.com, a national speaker and trainer with more than 1,000 published articles and two best-selling real estate books. Whether you’re a newcomer to the profession or … Continue reading →

Illinois GRI Turns 50 #TBT Photo

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 5:20pm
The Illinois GRI Program is celebrating 50 years. In honor of #TBT, we’re sharing a GRI photo from days gone by. Recognize any of these Chicago REALTORS® at GRI in 1992? Here’s a hint on one: 2015 IAR President Jim … Continue reading →

Be first to earn an SRS through Wayne Edwards GRI Grad course

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 4:56pm
Sign up now to take the Wayne Edwards GRI Grad course Dec. 3-4 in Peoria and you can save $30 and be one of the first Illinois REALTORS® to earn the Seller Representative Specialist (SRS) designation. You’ll join an elite … Continue reading →

Quick home maintenance tips to tackle this fall

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 11:38am
It’s fall and as the leaves and temperatures begin to drop, it is a great time to take care of some of the home maintenance tasks that need to be done to prepare your home for the winter. HouseLogic, an … Continue reading →

Could Snoop Dogg or Taylor Swift lyrics keep confidential info safe online?

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 3:24pm
Take advantage of some great tips provided during the “Cyber Security: A Shared Responsibility” webinar.  Kristina V. Dorville of the Department of Homeland Security’s National Cyber Security Division shared best practices for preventing identity theft, improving security for mobile devices … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Mortgage applications climb 3.8 percent

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 10:59am
Mortgage applications are rising again, climbing 3.8 percent compared to the week before, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. Applications for refinance applications also rose 5 percent. HousingWire reports on the development in the article, “Mortgage applications reverse trend rising … Continue reading →

IAR members meet to map association’s future in Bloomington-Normal

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 10:51am
Members of the Strategic Planning Committee are meeting in Bloomington-Normal throughout the day on Oct. 8, 2014. On the agenda: Updating the roadmap for the association to follow in the years ahead. The day will feature discussions of compliance with … Continue reading →

Use Data and Perspective to Polish Your Negotiating Skills

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 3:41pm
If you can access the right data to support your position, you’ll have a better chance of satisfying the clients you represent, says Christine Wilczek, a Lemont broker-associate who is among her organization’s national sales leaders. “If you’re truly working … Continue reading →

Three things real estate agents should know before arming themselves

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 3:26pm
The horrible news out of Arkansas where REALTOR® Beverly Carter was killed during a showing has prompted a lot of discussion in the industry about carrying a weapon for protection. After all, REALTORS® often meet people they don’t know, and … Continue reading →

Enter RPAC raffle before Oct. 10 deadline

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 2:31pm
IAR members can meet their financial commitments to the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) by making contributions to the RPAC Cash Raffle this week.  The deadline is 11:59 p.m. Friday (Oct. 10). Or, if you have already given, here’s a … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Consumers feeling more positive about the housing market

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 9:58am
Sixty-eight percent of Americans say now is a good time to buy a home, a four-percentage-point jump compared to August, according to Fannie Mae’s September National Housing Survey. Consumers are also feeling more optimistic about the economy in general, the … Continue reading →

Support these REALTORS® on Election Day, Nov. 4

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 2:24pm
If you live in the 62nd District for the Illinois House of Representatives, northwest of Chicago in Lake County, REALTOR® Rep. Sam Yingling (D) of Grayslake is running for re-election.  The Illinois REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) – with input … Continue reading →

Reminder: Protect your data with Cyber Security webinar at 10 a.m. Oct. 7

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 1:20pm
Take steps to prevent someone from obtaining your personal data and that of your clients.  Tune into a free webinar tomorrow with Kristina V. Dorville, Department of Homeland Security National Cyber Security Division. IAR is providing the webinar from 10 … Continue reading →

Five reasons to register Oct. 7 to vote in November

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 12:19pm
Probably the most important reason to register to vote is to make sure your voice as a REALTOR® can be heard during the Nov. 4 general election.  Register by Tuesday (Oct. 7) so you can vote next month. If you’re … Continue reading →

NAR: Confidence in the industry climbs for real estate firms

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 11:29am
The majority — 66 percent — of residential U.S. real estate firms are optimistic about the industry and expect to see improved profitability in the next year, according to the 2014 National Association of REALTORS® Profile of Real Estate Firms. … Continue reading →

Milestones: Urbance marks 20 years on IAR’s Legal Hotline

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 2:14pm
Do you remember what you were doing on this date 20 years ago? I remember it well.  It was the first day at my new job.  I was relatively young, kind of newly married with no children, a transplant from … Continue reading →

How many agent safety commandments do you follow?

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 1:14pm
The death of Arkansas REALTOR® Beverly Carter has prompted a lot of discussion about how to keep safe while handling interactions with clients. NAR today has a list today of the 10 Commandments for Agent Safety. Dress for safety, take … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: U.S. jobless rate falls to six-year low

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 9:32am
The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to 5.9 percent in September as more companies added to their payrolls, bringing the country’s jobless rate to the lowest level since July 2008, Bloomberg reported this morning. In other headlines: Are HELOCs the next … Continue reading →