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Raising money for RPAC (And having fun doing it)

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 10:50pm
Illinois REALTORS® mixed a good time with advocacy on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 at the annual Public Policy Meetings. The association held an auction to raise money for RPAC, which is used to protect private property rights throughout the state … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® celebrate Triple Crown win in East Peoria

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 7:26pm
Illinois REALTORS® celebrated the win of an award for political fundraising and participation on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. The Illinois Association of REALTORS® won NAR’s Triple Crown award. The celebration kicked off with a reception in advance of the RPAC … Continue reading →

REALTORS® Political Involvement Committee gets surprise

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 3:50pm
A packed house at the REALTORS® Political Involvement Committee (RPIC) meeting this morning was the first to see the Triple Crown Award. IAR President Jim Kinney unveiled the trophy to the committee and a standing room crowd. Presenters for the meeting included IAR CEO … Continue reading →

Get answers to questions about commercial broker liens

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 2:01pm
A great new RVOICE brochure, “What You Should Know About Commercial Real Estate Broker Liens,” (form #649) is highlighted for Managing Brokers in the January issue of IAR’s D.R. Legal News. Mike Scobey, IAR Assistant Director of Advocacy and Local … Continue reading →

IAR offices closed Monday for MLK Jr. Day

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 5:00pm
The Illinois Association of REALTORS®’ offices in Springfield will be closed Monday, Jan. 19, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. IAR offices will reopen at 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 20.

Public Policy Meetings run Monday through Thursday

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 4:00pm
Illinois REALTORS® will gather at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria from Monday, Jan. 19 through Thursday, Jan. 22 for the Illinois Association of REALTORS®’ Public Policy Meetings. The annual meetings are designed to give REALTORS® a voice in local, … Continue reading →

Need to know more about medical marijuana?

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 1:47pm
Managing Brokers: Like it or not, medical marijuana is coming to your community, and the January issue of IAR’s D.R. Legal News will supply you with enough facts to get you started. Lisa Hartzler of Sorling Northrup Attorneys, and Betsy … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Thursdays and Fridays most popular days to list a home

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 10:53am
When it comes to listing a home for sale, Thursdays and Fridays were the most common days of the week for real estate agents to list the properties in 2014, according to an analysis by the National Association of REALTORS® … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Mortgage interest rates fall again; 15-year now below 3 percent

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 11:22am
For the third consecutive week, fixed mortgage interest rates have declined, Freddie Mac reports today. The 30-year, fixed rate averaged 3.66 percent, while the 15-year, fixed rate was down to 2.98 percent for the week ending Jan. 15. Read more … Continue reading →

Governor visits Senator at IAR headquarters

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 5:52pm
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® hosted a meet-and-greet event for new State Senator Neil Anderson of Rock Island (R-36th District), and welcomed Governor Bruce Rauner to the IAR building too. The REALTORS’® event appeared to be one of the governor’s first … Continue reading →

Pro Standards part 2: REALTORS® gather in Oak Brook for training

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 1:21pm
Chicagoland REALTORS® met in Oak Brook on Jan. 14, 2015, to get updates on Professional Standards. The meeting is the second of two sessions held in January which provide training for those who work on handling disputes between REALTORS® and … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: As gas prices fall, will mortgage rates follow?

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 12:58pm
Consumers could save two ways with lower prices at the gas pump: cheaper gas prices that will mean more money for discretionary household spending and lower inflation rates that could drive down mortgage interest rates and lower payments, according to … Continue reading →

See who was at Pro Standards in Springfield

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 10:02am
Illinois REALTORS® spent the day learning about rules changes and honed their skills at resolving disputes at a annual training session held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield. The training featured updates on Code of Ethics changes and featured … Continue reading →

Administrative changes to speed ethics hearing process

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 1:30pm
Presenters at the IAR Professional Standards Workshop in Springfield explained that administrative changes to processing REALTOR® Code of Ethics complaints should quicken decision-making for the ethics complaint hearing process this year. Of 19 different points of discussion reviewed by Lynn … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: More U.S. homeowners have positive equity in their homes

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 11:24am
Good news for homeowners, the majority of U.S. homes with a mortgage now have positive equity in their homes, according to a new report from CoreLogic. An additional 273,000 U.S. mortgaged homes returned to positive equity during the third quarter … Continue reading →

Take advantage of limited-time offer for luxury summit

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 6:00pm
The Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA) is offering members of the Illinois Association of REALTORS® a preferred ticket price for its three-day Global and Luxury Summit in Chicago in April. The early-bird registration deadline is Feb. 27. The … Continue reading →

Remember Pro Standards Workshops agenda for tomorrow and Wednesday

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 1:24pm
Day-long Professional Standards Workshops will be conducted Tuesday and Wednesday this week, in Springfield and Oakbrook Terrace, respectively. Although held in two different locations, the agenda for both will begin with continental breakfast at 8:15 a.m. and end at 3:30 … Continue reading →

IAR leaders participate in inaugural activities at the Capitol

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 11:21am
Leaders of Illinois Association of REALTORS® took part in a series of events over the weekend as the state prepares for a change in leadership. Inauguration events will continue today and tonight as state constitutional officers are sworn in, including … Continue reading →

IAR leadership to be at inaugural events in Springfield

Sat, 01/10/2015 - 10:34am
Members of the IAR leadership team will attend the inauguration of Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner on Monday. The swearing in ceremony will be one of several events the leadership team will be attending, ranging from a dinner at the Illinois Capitol … Continue reading →

MRED hires new CEO who serves on NAR MLS policy committee

Sat, 01/10/2015 - 10:20am
Rebecca Jensen has been hired to lead Midwest Real Estate Data, the MLS serving the Chicago area announced late Friday. Jensen comes to MRED from Utahrealestate.com, where she had been CEO since 2007. She is a member of the NAR … Continue reading →