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Will County code change vote doesn’t include costly fire sprinkler mandate

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 8:58am
A multi-year effort to make sure that a fire sprinkler mandate was not part of changes to the building code used in Will County proved successful. The Will County Board voted 25-0 on May 15 to adopt the new codes, … Continue reading →

Act now on IAR’s Call for Action on SB 2664 and HB 4609!

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 3:00pm
Illinois REALTORS®, we need your help urging state lawmakers to vote ‘YES’ on important legislation protecting buyers of foreclosed condos and consumers from the establishment of fire sprinkler mandates by administrative rule. If you haven’t yet, participate in IAR’s Call … Continue reading →

Springfield Habitat build launches; volunteers still needed

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 1:40pm
Illinois REALTORS® began building a house for Habitat for Humanity in Springfield Monday, May 19, 2014, as part of a plan to build three houses for the charity this year. IAR President Phil Chiles, who came up with the idea … Continue reading →

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

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 11:30am
In case you missed it, here are four of the top IARbuzz blog posts from last week: NAR shines spotlight on IAR’s Let’s Talk Real Estate program –  The Illinois Association of REALTORS® meeting series that brings REALTORS® together with … Continue reading →

NAR shines spotlight on IAR’s Let’s Talk Real Estate program

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 2:56pm
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® meeting series, “Let’s Talk Real Estate,” is featured in a recent REALTOR® Magazine article, “Capitol Hill Comes to Illinois REALTORS®.” Since last summer, the popular program has allowed Illinois REALTORS® to meet face-to-face with their … Continue reading →

Video: See all the action from IAR’s Capitol Hill visits

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 1:04pm
Illinois REALTORS® spent part of their week making the case for sound housing policy during visits to Capitol Hill. Association members met with staff members for the state’s congressional delegation, and ha a breakfast meeting with U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin.

Video: Illinois REALTORS® on Capitol Hill 2014

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 11:58am
Members of the Illinois Association of REALTORS® headed to Capitol Hill to push for sound housing policy as part of the annual REALTOR® Party Convention and Expo, May 12-17, 2014. #PowerofR #RPCTE

Morning Minute: Economy, housing market expected to gradually improve into 2015

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 10:52am
Severe winter weather got 2014 off to a slow start, but improving employment numbers, a strengthening economy and pent-up homebuyer demand bodes well for stronger housing activity and the overall economy, said industry experts at this week’s REALTOR® Party Convention … Continue reading →

IAR lobbyists are fighting for you in the final weeks of legislative session

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 5:19pm
With a scheduled adjournment date of May 31, the Illinois General Assembly is heading into the final stretch of the spring session and Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR) lobbyists are working on key bills that affect the industry and your … Continue reading →

You Say You’re #1? Prove It

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 12:45pm
There seems to be an increase in complaint activity as it relates to real estate licensees making claims in their advertising that they are “number one.” It is important for real estate licensees and the managing brokers charged with oversight … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: U.S. mortgage delinquencies continue to fall; now at 2007 level

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 11:40am
The number of Americans who have fallen behind on their mortgage payments has fallen to the lowest level in six years, according to a new report from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). The delinquency rate fell to 6.11 percent of all … Continue reading →

Scenes from Illinois REALTOR® Visits to Capitol Hill

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 11:07am
Illinois REALTORS® and Illinois Federal Political Coordinators (FPCs) are out in force this week in Washington, D.C., as they continue to meet with legislative staff for members of Congress including: U.S. Reps. Mike Quigley, Randy Hultgren, John Shimkus, Adam Kinzinger, … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® meet with U.S. Sens. Durbin and Kirk

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 4:18pm
Illinois REALTORS® met with U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., this morning as part of IAR’s “Let’s Talk Real Estate” program. The key federal issues REALTORS® are advocating for this year include promoting the Marketplace Fairness Act, preserving the Mortgage Interest Deduction, … Continue reading →

Photo highlights of Illinois REALTORS® in Washington, D.C.

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 12:48pm
It is a busy week of meetings on Capitol Hill — including a morning meeting today with U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin — for Illinois REALTORS® who are in Washington, D.C., for the REALTOR® Party Convention & Trade Expo. #PowerofR  #RPCTE