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Nominate a local REALTOR® for NAR volunteer program by Feb. 26

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 5:58pm
If you know a REALTOR® who makes a difference in his or her community by volunteering for a charity or a worthy cause, encourage them to apply to NAR’s Volunteering Works grant and mentoring program by Feb. 26. Five applicants … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: NAR reviews how TRID is impacting the market

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 11:38am
In the first three months of the new TILA-RESPA Integrated Documentation (TRID) rules, REALTORS® reported delays in 10.4 percent of real estate closings and cancellations in less than one percent, according to a survey by researchers with the National Association … Continue reading →

Grace period registration and voting begins today for Illinois primaries

Wed, 02/17/2016 - 6:13pm
Today is the first day Illinois residents can visit their local election authority to register and vote in the 2016 General Primary, according to the Illinois State Board of Elections (ISBE). Although traditional voter registration closed 28 days before the … Continue reading →

FHFA kicks off #HARPNow campaign; HARP expires in December

Wed, 02/17/2016 - 2:37pm
Illinois REALTORS® should prepare to answer more consumer questions about mortgage refinancing through the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) before it expires Dec. 31. The Federal Housing Finance Administration (FHFA) today launched a social media campaign, named #HARPNow. It will … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Tax tips to tackle before you buy a house

Wed, 02/17/2016 - 11:09am
If you are planning to shop for a new home this year, realtor.com offers a few tips to help you get your taxes in order before you apply for a mortgage. If you are self-employed, on staff with a company … Continue reading →

RASI donates playground grant to East St. Louis center

Tue, 02/16/2016 - 4:03pm
The REALTOR® Association of Southwestern Illinois (RASI) was recently awarded a My REALTOR® Party Placemaking grant from the National Association of REALTORS® to assist in the development of a playground for the Jackie Joyner Kersee Center in East St. Louis, … Continue reading →

Today the last day to register online for Illinois primaries

Tue, 02/16/2016 - 12:56pm
Illinois REALTORS® who want to vote in the March 15 general primary election and need to register, have until 11:59 p.m. today to register online through the Illinois State Board of Elections. Make sure you’re eligible to vote, check to … Continue reading →

Oliveri supports women and children in Lake County

Mon, 02/15/2016 - 8:00am
Simply put, Helen Oliveri volunteers for the Caring Women’s Connection because its mission of building connections with fellow volunteers and helping Lake County charities for women and children makes her proud. “I find it important to give back and help … Continue reading →

IAR offices closed Monday for Presidents’ Day

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 4:55pm
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 - 4:15pm
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 - 4:07pm
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 - 3:55pm
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 - 1:32pm
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 - 10:54am
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 - 11:53am
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 - 3:30pm
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 - 12:55pm
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 - 2:00pm
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 - 8:00am
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 →