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These 18 holiday gift ideas will help REALTORS® stand out with clients

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 3:31pm
We all struggle with the crush of gift-giving during the holiday season. But taking time to say “thank you” to your clients this time of year builds goodwill and can turn into repeat business and referrals. “It is so important … Continue reading →

REALTORS® mourn passing of IAR board member Chuck Wiercinski

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 8:01am
Services have been scheduled for Chuck Wiercinski, CCIM, CRB, a longtime REALTOR® and current member of the Illinois Association of REALTORS® Board of Directors. Wiercinski, 68, died Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, after a long illness. Visitation will be 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. … Continue reading →

Guzmán to speak Tuesday in DC about housing market

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 12:26pm
Veteran REALTOR® Mabél Guzmán of @properties in Chicago will testify Tuesday morning in Washington, D.C. about “factors affecting homeownership access and affordability” for first-time homebuyers and underserved communities. Guzmán’s appearance is scheduled during a Housing, Transportation and Community Development subcommittee … Continue reading →

NSBAR becomes factor in helping two local food pantries

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 7:30am
Members of the North Shore-Barrington Association of REALTORS® (NSBAR) are collecting non-perishable food and toiletries for the Cuba Township Food Pantry through Dec. 10 and will volunteer at the Northfield Township Food Pantry on Dec. 17. “This year, we are … Continue reading →

Did you hear how BNAR built up this family?

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 12:08pm
The seeds for a pre-Thanksgiving event were planted months earlier when the Bloomington-Normal Association of REALTORS® (BNAR) challenged its Young Professionals Network to get involved with a local Habitat for Humanity project. Not only did larger numbers of the YPN … Continue reading →

How many different ways can REALTORS® give back?

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 7:00am
In mid-November, local associations began sharing stories about how they give back to the charities in their communities, and the stories haven’t stopped yet. Here’s a list of the projects we’re recapped so far: KIFAR members prepare for December auction; … Continue reading →

Egyptian members find 14 ways to feed hungry

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 5:43pm
During November, the Egyptian Board of REALTORS® set up 14 collection points in local REALTOR® offices to benefit 16 local food pantries in southern Illinois. While the food collection officially ended Nov. 21 so deliveries could be made to the … Continue reading →

How are conservative estimates of real estate tax hurting taxpayers?

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 5:15pm
Even though 17 Chicago suburbs underestimated a total of nearly $5.6 million in real estate transfer tax revenue during the most recent fiscal year, a Daily Herald article asserts the approach keeps taxes high and doesn’t allow many opportunities to … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Extension of Mortgage Debt Forgiveness Act passes House, now heads to Senate

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 10:41am
The Chicago Tribune reports today that the U.S. House voted Wednesday to extend the Mortgage Debt Forgiveness Act for one year. Now the measure, which is strongly supported by REALTORS® and provides an income tax break to homeowners for mortgage … Continue reading →

Three tax updates that affect REALTORS®’ business

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 9:19am
From rules applying to the use of heavy SUVs and pickup trucks to mortgage debt forgiveness, Chris Bird outlines the latest breaking news on the tax front. Bird, a certified financial planner and former IRS agent, spoke at the Illinois … Continue reading →

Band, awards mark GRI’s 50th year at Peoria bash

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 8:41am
Illinois GRI has been in existence for 50 years, and the Illinois Association of REALTORS® honored the program and those who have made it so strong over the years at a celebration on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, at the Hotel … Continue reading →

What Illinois REALTOR® Party leaders learned in Fort Worth

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 4:55pm
REALTOR® Party leaders from Illinois converged on Fort Worth, TX this week to learn how to use National Association of REALTORS® tools for building creditability and creating political leverage for pro-real estate and pro-property rights issues. These REALTOR® leaders received … Continue reading →

Champaign REALTORS® blanket needy 324 ways

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 3:39pm
During November, the Champaign County Association of REALTORS® (CCAR) collected enough money and blankets through its Bundles of Warmth program, that members could give four times more blankets to community agencies than they did last year. In fact, 324 blankets … Continue reading →

See who is at GRI in Peoria; updated gallery

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 3:06pm
See the updated gallery from the 50th anniversary of GRI in Peoria! Illinois REALTORS® gathered for Course II, III and the Wayne Edwards Graduate Course this week, and those attending will attend a special celebration tonight to mark the milestone.

Morning Minute: U.S. construction spending climbs higher

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 10:38am
Construction spending rose 1.1 percent in October, marking a bigger gain than economists were expecting, Reuters reports. October’s gain was the largest since May 2014. At the same time, the U.S. economy grew 3.9 percent in the third quarter of … Continue reading →

Make your voice heard on Mortgage Debt Forgiveness

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 1:28pm
Sure, you’re still working at digesting the Thanksgiving turkey leftovers. And you’ve got holiday shopping to do, parties to go to and eggs to nog. But before you descend into the holiday madness, take an important step to tell federal … Continue reading →

QCARA finds four ways to help the Quad Cities

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 1:24pm
Quad City Area REALTOR® Association (QCARA) is throwing its energy into several charitable projects this holiday season to help those who are less fortunate. Among the projects they’re supporting are: Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign; Festival of Trees Parade; U.S. … Continue reading →

Thank you, GRI sponsors!

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 5:03pm
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® wants to extend its thanks to the sponsors of the 50th Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI) taking place at the Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette today through Thursday. Our sponsors include: American Home Shield Cutco Closing Gifts … Continue reading →

GRI kicks off 50th year in Peoria

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 4:41pm
IAR’s GRI program began at the Hotel Pere Marquette in Peoria. Fifty years later, one of the state’s premiere training programs for REALTORS® kicks off in the same hotel. The event which began today (Dec. 1, 2014) attracts REALTORS® from … Continue reading →

IAR offices close early today and reopen Dec. 1

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 1:30pm
In celebration of Thanksgiving, the Illinois Association of REALTORS® offices, the IAR Legal Hotline and IAR Transaction Helpline will close at 2 p.m. today and remain closed Thursday (Nov. 27) and Friday (Nov. 28). IAR offices, the hotline and helpline … Continue reading →