IARbuzz.com Blog

Syndicate content
The Voice of Illinois Real Estate
Updated: 5 hours 4 min ago

Day three: Floor passes again!

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 2:27pm
  Illinois REALTORS® in Cleveland for the Republican National Convention will get a great vantage point for tonight’s festivities featuring vice presidential nominee Mike Pence. At every convention, there’s a bit of trading with various organizations to get passes. So … Continue reading →

Tackling homelessness: a federal agency you likely never heard of

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 5:12pm
Matthew Doherty wants REALTORS® to know that their efforts to help end homelessness count. The executive director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) spoke at the National Association of REALTORS®’ “Housing for All” symposium in Washington, DC this … Continue reading →

From the floor: What it’s like at the Republican National Convention

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 10:46am
  The days start early and end late, but it’s a small price to pay for getting a first-hand look at a National Political Convention. Illinois REALTOR® Blog caught up with President Mike Drews as he was about to go … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: U.S. housing starts higher in June

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 9:57am
Homebuilding headed higher in June than forecasters were projecting, with housing starts rising 4.8 percent higher than a month ago, Bloomberg reports today. Residential construction has “remained in a steady but tepid recovery” and the June bump brings momentum to … Continue reading →

RNC Day 2: Illinois REALTORS® make more connections with policymakers

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 9:33am
This morning Illinois REALTORS® got to meet with U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger at the state breakfast. The morning meeting begins a day at the Republican National Convention that will be devoted to economic issues. Last night, Illinois REALTORS® Mike Drews … Continue reading →

Chicago REALTORS® take stand against toughened recycling ordinance

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 9:21am
The city of Chicago is toughening rules for high rises seen as skirting requirements that they must offer recycling for tenants. But work by Chicago REALTORS® helped make sure the blow to private property owners was softened. According to the … Continue reading →

REALTORS® address the ‘unhoused’

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 9:06am
This week the National Association of REALTORS® is hosting the “Housing for All” ‎symposium to discuss how the real estate industry and our members can address homelessness in their communities. A presentation was made by two individuals who were formerly, … Continue reading →

Upgrade me, please! Illinois REALTORS® make it to the convention floor

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 8:27pm
Getting to a national convention as a spectator is a big deal. Getting to sit with the delegates is an even bigger deal. Illinois REALTORS® were in prime position Monday night to see opening night speeches at the Republican National … Continue reading →

Early start for Illinois delegation attending Republican convention

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 11:44am
  Members of Illinois REALTORS® delegation to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland started their day with a breakfast attended by state policymakers. The breakfast is a tradition at the event, and kicks off a week of festivities for those attending the … Continue reading →

Member Monday: Tips for pricing your home right the first time

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 9:41am
Setting your home’s listing price too high can deter potential buyers and leave your home lingering on the market longer than it should. Read the HouseLogic article, “Not Sure How to Price Your Home? Expert Strategies Help You Hit the … Continue reading →

Dogs get to the heart of Hoffman’s impact

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 8:00am
Allyson Hoffman’s love for animals shows in the ways she connects with potential real estate customers, the ways she assists the Heartland Animal Shelter and especially in the way she’s cared for family pets. “I’ve always had a soft spot … Continue reading →

It all begins today: Illinois REALTORS® taking part in the GOP convention

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 7:00am
Illinois REALTORS®’ delegation began arriving in Cleveland on Sunday, kicking off what will be two weeks beginning today of a high-profile presence at party nominating conventions. The association sends delegations to the Democratic and Republican conventions, and members will attend … Continue reading →

Dialogue, bi-partisanship just two reasons why Illinois REALTORS will go to both national political conventions

Sat, 07/16/2016 - 1:06pm
Monday kicks off a two-week period of national political conventions and Illinois REALTORS® will go to the Democratic and Republican events to: get unique dialogue with party leaders, particularly Illinois leaders; continue the relationship-building process with those leaders; demonstrate the bi-partisan nature … Continue reading →

Three Rivers sponsors conference for Joliet-area landlords

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 2:01pm
The Three Rivers Association of REALTORS® (TRAR) helped facilitate an area landlord conference for the City of Joliet and McHenry REALTOR® Sue Miller gave an encouraging keynote message July 11 and 12. About 400 Joliet-area landlords attended the event, which … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Many consider now a good time to buy a home, but student debt an issue for some

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 10:39am
The latest National Association of REALTORS® Housing Opportunities and Market Experience (HOME) Survey finds that while three-quarters of those surveyed believe now is a good time to buy a home, renters are less confident than homeowners, in part because low … Continue reading →

PAAR CEO Hancock receives Rhino Award for association leadership

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 9:02am
Peoria Area Association of REALTORS® CEO Dallas Hancock was named the recipient of the 2016 Rhino Award at a breakfast July 15, 2016. Hancock, longtime association executive of the Peoria association, was honored for her longstanding leadership and service to … Continue reading →

Why do Illinois REALTORS® need a presence at the national political conventions?

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 8:01am
Illinois REALTORS® will take part in the national political process beginning Monday as they travel to Philadelphia and Cleveland for party nominating conventions. Illinois REALTORS® is a non-partisan organization, so going to both conventions shows the association’s ability to work … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTOR® advocacy helps push Senate to approve HR 3700

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 7:59am
Last night the U.S. Senate unanimously approved HR 3700, the Housing Opportunity through Modernization Act, legislation which was the subject of a Call for Action by the National Association of REALTORS®. The bill prompted more than 20 percent of Illinois REALTORS® … Continue reading →

July magazine article reveals secrets to Legal Services’ growth

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 2:00pm
While Legal Hotline Attorney Betsy Urbance has been the most visible face of Illinois REALTORS®’ Legal Services for almost 22 years, she says teamwork has been a key part of helping association members during that time. Among those playing key … Continue reading →

State association executives meet for two days of learning

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 1:09pm
  Association executives from throughout Illinois are meeting this week to share knowledge and learn as part of the AE Workshop being held in Normal, Ill., July 14 and 15, 2016. The event is an annual one, and this year … Continue reading →