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Illinois REALTOR® Magazine now offering referral ads

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 4:37pm
Take advantage of Illinois REALTOR® Magazine’s newest advertising option, REALTOR® referral ads. You can still reserve your space for the January 2015 issue but time is running out. The ad closing deadline is Nov. 17  and artwork is due Nov. … Continue reading →

Call for Action: Extend mortgage debt forgiveness tax relief

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 4:27pm
For those who find themselves owing more than then can get for their homes, the Mortgage Forgiveness Tax Relief Act is a big deal. After all, if a homeowner takes part in a short sale or workout deal on a home … Continue reading →

IAR members attend NAR board meeting in New Orleans

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 8:34pm
The National Association of REALTORS® Board of Directors met on Monday, Nov. 10, 2014. Board members included REALTORS® from IAR. Topping the list of items considered was the creation of a Code of Excellence for REALTORS®. The Code will be … Continue reading →

IAR salutes those who have served this Veterans Day

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 6:43pm
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® and the IAR Legal Hotline and Transaction Helpline will be closed Tuesday, Nov. 11 in observance of Veterans Day.

Can you guess how these case studies end?

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 1:44pm
Managing brokers can gain insight into real estate scenarios – involving guns, suicide, vicious dog attacks and money – when they read the legal case studies in the November issue of DR Legal News. The six case studies covered by … Continue reading →

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

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 6:30am
In case you missed it, here are four of the top IARbuzz blog posts from the past week: Illinois wins prestigious Triple Crown at NAR convention - The Illinois Association of REALTORS® was recognized with the Triple Crown award for both … Continue reading →

Two from Illinois honored for work in commercial real estate

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 8:08am
The National Association of REALTORS® tapped two Illinois real estate professionals as among those honored nationally. Those receiving the awards for excellence in the commercial real estate industry in the past year were: Dan Wagner, Vice President of Government Relations, … Continue reading →

Illinois wins prestigious Triple Crown at NAR convention

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 6:48pm
Illinois REALTORS® were recognized for contributions to RPAC on Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, at the REALTOR® Convention & Expo in New Orleans. The Illinois Association of REALTORS® was recognized with the Triple Crown award for both fundraising and overall participation. … Continue reading →

Did you see Rauner Friday?

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 4:27pm
Republican governor-elect Bruce Rauner visited Springfield Friday afternoon as part of a planned “fly around” the state to thank voters for their support. The tour was scheduled to begin Friday morning in Marion, then proceed to O’Fallon, Springfield, Moline, Peoria … Continue reading →

IAR leaders participate in NAR governance meetings in New Orleans

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 3:59pm
As the National Association of REALTORS® Conference & Expo gets into full swing in New Orleans, Illinois REALTOR® leaders are participating in NAR governance meetings looking at the issues facing the industry. Loretta Alonzo, (far right) the 2012 president of … Continue reading →

Homeownership rates a concern in housing economy; but there is good news

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 2:16pm
Consumer confidence in the housing market is surging upward, but surveys of REALTORS® indicate agents aren’t so sure the market is fully back to health, NAR’s chief economist said Friday. “That’s odd because REALTORS® are really optimistic,” said Dr. Lawrence … Continue reading →

Experience New Orleans through eyes, ears and taste buds of our own

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 11:38am
Even if you aren’t able to attend the National Association of REALTORS® Convention in New Orleans the next several days, you can still get a great taste of what’s happening by following the exploits of three IAR members – Alex … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Mortgage rates climb above 4 percent, but still lower than a year ago

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 9:54am
Fixed mortgage rates inched a little higher this week, climbing just over 4 percent, but rates still remain lower than a  year ago. Freddie Mac economists attributed the increase to stronger economic news. The 30-year, fixed rate mortgage averaged 4.02 … Continue reading →

Fracking may soon begin in Illinois as rules approved

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 9:25am
More than one year after a law was passed to regulate hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” in Illinois, the state legislature’s Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) voted Thursday in Chicago to approve rules for permits. See the Chicago Tribune story. … Continue reading →