IARbuzz.com Blog

Syndicate content
The Voice of Illinois Real Estate
Updated: 4 hours 49 min ago

State Capitol Report covers first days of 100th General Assembly

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 4:26pm
Illinois REALTORS® can login and read this week’s State Capitol Report for a quick recap of the final days of Illinois’ 99th General Assembly and the opening days of the 100th General Assembly, including the return of four incumbent REALTORS® … Continue reading →

RPAC fundraising kicks off at Professional Standards Workshops

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 2:46pm
RPAC raffles at the Illinois REALTORS® Professional Standards Workshops raised nearly $11,000. Last year, our REALTOR® PAC helped elect pro-REALTOR®, pro-business candidates to public office, stopped efforts to expand sales tax to professional services and advertising as well as efforts … Continue reading →

Amendment to the Illinois Lead Poisoning Prevention Act

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 12:03pm
You may have heard or read something recently about changes to the Illinois Lead Poisoning Prevention Act, and wondered what this is all about. But first, let’s discuss what it is not about. This amendment to existing Illinois statute, does … Continue reading →

Capital Area REALTORS® chooses Edwards Place as bicentennial charity

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 3:30pm
The Capital Area REALTORS® became the first local association to announce a charity for the state’s bicentennial when it announced the Springfield Art Association’s Edwards Place as its 2017 Charity of Choice. During the holiday season, Capital Area REALTORS® raised … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTOR® shows caring spirit

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 1:39pm
REALTOR® Marsha Collins-Mroz of Homesmart Connect LLC in Arlington Heights took it upon herself to collect unused apples, brownies and unopened bags of potato chips from boxed lunches at the Illinois REALTORS® Professional Standards Workshop in Oakbrook Terrace Wednesday. She … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: See how different mortgage rates affect your monthly payment

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 11:31am
Higher mortgage rates mean a higher monthly payment, right? But how do those numbers break down and how does your county compare to others? If you are shopping around for a new home and are wondering how different mortgage rates … Continue reading →

Bernardoni explains value of RPR data to REALTORS®, politicians and communities

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 10:08am
Illinois REALTORS® can provide valuable local demographic and economic information through the REALTORS® Property Resource (RPR) and their local government affairs director, says Brian Bernardoni, local government affairs director for the Chicago Association of REALTORS®. Bernardoni explains how he’s used … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® sworn in as state representatives

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 4:45pm
The winners of November elections for the Illinois House of Representatives were sworn in today in a ceremony at the University of Illinois-Springfield, including newcomer Rep. Tony McCombie (71st District) and incumbents Rep. Sam Yingling (62nd District) and Rep. Mark … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Which home remodeling projects bring you the best return?

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 10:45am
If you are thinking about tackling some home improvement projects this year, the latest Cost vs. Value report from Remodeling Magazine breaks down which projects could bring the greatest return on your investment. The report offers national data, but also … Continue reading →

Former board member Larry Chapman dies; played role in license law rewrite

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 9:07am
An Illinois REALTOR® who served on the state association’s board of directors and played a role in helping the association shape its input for a rewrite of the Real Estate Licence Act died Monday in Decatur. He was 75. Larry … Continue reading →

General Assembly Update: House Revenue and Finance Committee

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 5:10pm
Action occurred this week on the final two days of the current 99th General Assembly on the issue of property tax relief. On Monday, the House Revenue and Finance Committee heard testimony and voted on TWO identical measures that amend … Continue reading →

Pro Standards Workshop meets REALTORS® at their level

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 2:42pm
With a variety of presentations and interactive sessions at the Professional Standards Workshop in Springfield, beginners and veteran members of Illinois REALTORS® learned about basics and latest developments regarding ethics and professional standards for the real estate profession. Held at … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® welcome Moomaw

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 2:48pm
Scott J. Moomaw has joined Illinois REALTORS® as a digital media specialist in the Communications Department. Members may see Moomaw at upcoming events and will see his photography and video production work through the association website and social media. Moomaw previously … Continue reading →

Political strategist Ulm to speak at Public Policy Meetings

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 12:32pm
Gene Ulm, a Republican political strategist and pollster with more than 25 years of experience, will be the featured speaker at the Illinois REALTORS® Public Policy Meetings on Jan. 25 in East Peoria. Ulm, a partner at Public Opinion Strategies, … Continue reading →

New FPC hits the ground running

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 11:30am
The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) appointed Illinois REALTOR® Nancy Suvarnamani as Federal Political Coordinator to newly elected U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth. “With the new session of the United States Congress comes the reappointment of our FPC team, in addition … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Save money by making cold weather fixes to your home

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 11:01am
Take a few steps to winterize your home and you could end up saving more of your hard-earned cash. In the article, “7 Mistakes That Cost Homeowners Big Money During Cold Weather,” HouseLogic outlines some home improvement jobs that could … Continue reading →

Pro Standards Workshops coming Tuesday and Wednesday

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 4:07pm
Select Illinois REALTORS® will attend either the 2017 Professional Standards Workshops next Tuesday at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield or Wednesday at Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace. The day-long sessions begin with continental breakfast, a welcome presentation and then “Changes … Continue reading →

RANWIL members help needy children

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 2:19pm
For the 17th consecutive year, the REALTOR® Association of Northwestern Illinois (RANWIL) raised money to purchase coats, hats, boots, snow pants and blankets for two students from each class at six elementary schools in Freeport. Students received their gifts in … Continue reading →

Should Illinois real estate brokers ‘freak out’ about California case?

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 12:00pm
A recent California Supreme Court decision involving square footage discrepancies of a luxury home includes both disclosure and dual agency issues, according to Illinois REALTORS® Legal Hotline Attorney Betsy Urbance in the January edition of Designated REALTOR® Legal News. While … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: U.S. economy adds 156,000 jobs in December

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 11:20am
The U.S. economy added 156,000 jobs in December and wages increased 2.9 percent compared to last year, according to a report today from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The New York Times reported on the trend in the article, … Continue reading →