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Register for Let’s Talk Real Estate events in April

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 12:31pm
Don’t miss the opportunity to meet face-to-face with U.S. Reps. Peter Roskam, John Shimkus and Luis Gutiérrez in their congressional districts and talk about the issues affecting real estate in IAR’s ongoing series, “Let’s Talk Real Estate.”

Countdown to Broker Renewal Deadline: IDFPR says the online CE course I took was not approved. What can I do?

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 11:22am
By April 30, 2014, Illinois Broker licensees must have completed the continuing education (CE) requirements and applied to renew their license through the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR). Here is a frequently asked question as we get … Continue reading →

“Crime Free” housing proposals require close scrutiny

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 8:13am
In the last decade, several Illinois municipalities have passed what is commonly known as the “Crime Free Housing Ordinance.” The stated purpose of these ordinances is to help prevent criminal activities in rental housing. The Illinois Association of REALTORS® has … Continue reading →

Countdown to Broker Renewal Deadline: Last Chance for Broker Post License!

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 1:00pm
If you are an Illinois broker licensed between Feb.1, 2012 and Jan. 31, 2014, and you still need to complete the 30-hour Broker post-license requirements for your renewal, we have just ONE more webinar before the April 30 renewal deadline. … Continue reading →

REALTORS® join Quinn in promoting Welcome Home Illinois

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 11:04am
Illinois REALTORS® were on hand for the official roll-out of a new homebuyer loan program backed by Gov. Pat Quinn. Called Welcome Home Illinois, the program aims to help first-time buyers buy a place of their own. The program comes … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Illinois REALTORS® make progress on Murphysboro Habitat build

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 10:33am
Murphysboro’s strong Habitat for Humanity organization is one of the reasons the southern Illinois community was chosen to be the site of one of three IAR Habitat builds in Illinois this year, IAR President Phil Chiles told the local newspaper, … Continue reading →

Get Involved! Serve on the IAR Board of Directors

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 8:30am
Interested in serving a three-year term on the IAR Board of Directors? Click here to download an application form, criteria, campaign guidelines and more. All applicants will be interviewed by the Nominating Committee.

Updated IAR chart tracks General Assembly bills of interest to REALTORS®

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:28pm
Lawmakers are out for the next two weeks. But this past week was busy as they worked to meet bill filing deadlines. IAR’s Julie Sullivan has updated her tracking chart which chronicles what bills are dead and alive, and what … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Getting Boomerang buyers back in homes of their own again

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 10:49am
Boomerang homeowners who lost their homes to foreclosure or short sale during the recession, may not have to wait as long to qualify to buy a home again, under the Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) Back to Work Program. Instead of … Continue reading →

Countdown to Broker Renewal Deadline: What are the fees for renewal?

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 8:10am
By April 30, 2014, Illinois Broker licensees must have completed the continuing education (CE) requirements and applied to renew their license through the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR). Here are a few frequently asked questions about renewal … Continue reading →

Running out of property management CE options and want something new?

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 8:00am
Only need three more hours of CE? Take advantage of a new three-hour online program, COR 1610 Property Management, featuring IAR’s Legal Hotline Attorney Betsy Urbance and Steve Bochenek, a partner with Sorling Northrup Attorneys. Experience the ease and convenience of … Continue reading →

See the work in progress at the IAR Murphysboro Habitat build

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 3:45pm
  Illinois REALTORS® wrapped up the first portion of the Habitat for Humanity home build in Murphysboro, Ill., on Thursday, April 10, 2014. See the highlights and meet the volunteers in this video.

Morning Minute: Chicago most affordable metro housing market for 2014

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 10:21am
The Chicago metro area ranks No. 1 when it comes to affordable housing markets for 2014, according to a list from ZipRealty, NAR reports. ZipRealty, a real estate brokerage firm, looked at 30 major U.S. metro areas and compared median … Continue reading →

Countdown to Broker Renewal Deadline: Your Questions Answered

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 8:00am
By April 30, 2014, Illinois Broker licensees must have completed the continuing education (CE) requirements and applied to renew their license through the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR). Here are a few frequently asked questions as we … Continue reading →

Sign petition showing support for responsible fire sprinkler policy

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 5:17pm
Illinois REALTORS®, sign this petition supporting House Bill 4609 for responsible fire sprinkler policy and ask your clients to sign too! The Lakefront Coalition for Responsible Fire Sprinkler Policy petition sends a show of public support for state Representative Sara Feigenholtz’s … Continue reading →

Work ahead of schedule on Habitat home in Murphysboro

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 2:06pm
MURPHYSBORO, Ill. — Illinois REALTORS® enjoyed a day of sun and temperatures in the high 60s as they put finishing touches on the first stage of a house being built on Clarke Street here. A full complement of volunteers showed … Continue reading →

Effort to reform Condo Law gets backing from Illinois Senate

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 5:25pm
SB2664, which aims to reform provisions in the state’s Condominium Property Act that could result in surprise costs at the closing table, passed the Senate by a 55-1 vote on Tuesday, April 8, 2014. The measure now moves to the … Continue reading →

Illinois Broker License Renewal Deadline is 22 Days Away

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 4:30pm
The clock is ticking. Don’t wait until too late to meet your requirements for the 2014 Broker License Renewal. Find information and resources at www.illinoisrealtor.org/2014brokerrenewal.

The roof is on, the walls are up on IAR’s Habitat home

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 3:53pm
  The house in Murphysboro being built by Illinois REALTORS® is taking shape. Now on day five of the build, the house has walls, a roof and the windows are going in. REALTORS® plan to work through the week to … Continue reading →