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Morning Minute: Housing inventories rising in many U.S. markets

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 8:56am
Tight housing inventory has been an issue in the early 2014 market but realtor.com®’s latest National Housing Trend Report found that U.S. inventory rose more than 14 percent nationwide in April, NAR reports. Inventory levels varied, however, in different markets. … Continue reading →

Still time to register for IAR’s Instructor Development Workshop on June 6

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 8:10am
If you are an Illinois real estate instructor, you won’t want to miss out on the Instructor Development Workshop being offered on Friday, June 6, through the Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR) Licensing and Training Center. REGISTER NOW! The one-day … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Midwest sees monthly gain in April pending home sales

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 11:01am
U.S. pending home sales rose slightly with a 0.4 percent increase in April 2014 compared to March, but the monthly gains were even higher in the Midwest region, which climbed 5.0 percent during the same period, according to the National … Continue reading →

Mainstreet Organization plans Habitat fundraiser, makes donation

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 1:26pm
The Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS® plans a June 25, 2014, fundraiser to benefit a Habitat for Humanity home being built in Aurora. MORe’s board also earmarked $7,500 to go toward construction of the home, which is one of three being … Continue reading →

Eight quick tips to improve communication with your real estate clients

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 1:26pm
Don’t let communication breakdowns get in the way of successfully interacting with your home buyers and sellers. The Illinois REALTOR® magazine article, “Keeping Your Clients in the Loop,” offers strategies for keeping the lines of communication open, but here are … Continue reading →

Freddie Mac’s pick for most affordable U.S. metro? Decatur, Illinois

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 3:12pm
Decatur, Illinois is the most affordable metro area in the entire country, according to Freddie Mac’s latest quarterly analysis of housing affordability. To make that determination, Freddie Mac compares median home prices, required monthly payments and the income available to … Continue reading →

In Case You Missed It: Top IARbuzz blog posts from last week

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 9:13am
In case you missed it, here are three of the top IARbuzz blog posts from last week: Condo foreclosure bill passes in House; vote was 64-47-5 – Thank you Illinois REALTORS®! More than 2,000 IAR members contacted their lawmakers last … Continue reading →