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FPC Working Group looks ahead

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 4:05pm
The Federal Political Coordinators Working Group, led by Chair Jeff Gregory, met at the IAR Public Policy Meetings Tuesday in East Peoria. The group discussed Housing Finance and GSE Reform Policy, heard a federal legislative update by NAR’s Shannon Burke and discussed … Continue reading →

RPAC strategic planning meeting engages local representatives

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 3:04pm
RPAC Trustee Ed Neaves facilitated a panel discussion about ideas that helped local associations increase RPAC contributions Tuesday afternoon during IAR Public Policy Meetings in East Peoria. Check our photo gallery to see who got in on the action.  

Unes: Lack of state budget solution ‘unacceptable’

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 11:21am
State Rep. Mike Unes speaks to members of the Illinois Association of REALTORS® at their annual Public Policy Meetings in East Peoria on Jan. 19, 2016. Members of the REALTOR® Political Involvement Committee were told that a two-year spending plan … Continue reading →

Philosophy inspires Turner to give back to Dixon

Mon, 01/18/2016 - 7:00am
REALTOR® Vicky Turner is looking forward to the summer, and not just because it’s prime selling season for homes. It’s because summer is prime tourism season in Dixon, and the culmination of much of her volunteer projects will occur then, … Continue reading →

5 remember how technology improved business for all: January’s Illinois REALTOR®

Fri, 01/15/2016 - 5:10pm
Working in real estate today is better because of technological changes that reduced paper, improved efficiency and allowed REALTORS® to provide better service to their clients. Gerald Perlow, Larry Hundman, Lois Rowland, Dede Strano and Sheila Kraemer provide insights from … Continue reading →

IAR offices closed Monday for MLK, Jr. Day

Fri, 01/15/2016 - 4:00pm
The Illinois Association of REALTORS®’ offices in Springfield will be closed Monday, Jan. 18, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. IAR offices will reopen at 9 a.m. Tuesday.  

Sign up for Jan. 21 webinar about expense-tracking system

Fri, 01/15/2016 - 12:28pm
REALTORS® can register now for “Deductr – Expense Tracking and Taxes Made Easy,” a free webinar offered by the REALTORS® Federal Credit Union at 1 p.m. Central Time, Thursday, Jan. 21. Deductr is an automated expense and tax tracking system … Continue reading →

January’s Illinois REALTOR® explains challenges facing anniversary task force

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 3:08pm
In “A Year of Planning, a Year of Celebration Ahead,” (January’s Illinois REALTOR®), Pam Kreiter reflects on the significance of IAR’s impact on its members and property owners during the last 100 years, citing examples she witnessed during her own career. … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: NAR expects moderate gains in home sales in 2016

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 9:00am
The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) has released a new video forecast outlining this year’s U.S. housing market expectations. NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun says ongoing economic factors such as rising mortgage rates, slower economic growth and global issues will … Continue reading →

See photos from Professional Standards workshop in Springfield

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 5:35pm
The Professional Standards Committee encouraged every local association to send a member involved with the professional standards process to one of the workshops held Tuesday in Springfield and Wednesday in Oak Brook Terrace. Take a look at some of the … Continue reading →

Chicago REALTOR® among those named to 2016 NAHREP Board

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 5:30pm
Joe Nery of Chicago was among the 15 people named to the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals® (NAHREP) 2016 Board of Directors today. Nery, an affiliate member of the Chicago Association of REALTORS®, will be sworn in as … Continue reading →

Get details of IAR history through January’s Illinois REALTOR®

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 3:41pm
Read the January edition of Illinois REALTOR®, and you’ll discover the three local real estate boards that helped establish the Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR) in 1916 and defined its mission for the next 100 years. In the article, “The … Continue reading →

Drews, Rotary make illuminating combination

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 7:00am
The Aurora Noon Rotary turned out to be the perfect match for REALTOR® Mike Drews when he sought a community organization that would continue to energize and support his hometown 10 years ago. “I knew many of the members from … Continue reading →

Plan ahead for Illinois brokers’ license renewal on April 30

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 1:03pm
By April 30, 2016 Illinois Broker licensees must have completed their renewal requirements and apply to renew their license through the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR).  Check out IAR Licensing & Training Center’s renewal Q & A, … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: U.S. sees job growth in December

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 10:12am
The U.S. economy added 292,000 more jobs in December, ending the year on a stronger note than many had forecasted, the Washington Post reports. The unemployment rate remains at 5 percent. Read more. In other headlines: Economists React to the … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Mortgage rates dip below 4 percent

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 10:28am
Freddie Mac reports this morning that fixed mortgage rates fell back under 4 percent in the first week of 2016. The 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.97 percent this week, down from 4.01 percent the week before. The 15-year, fixed-rate mortgage … Continue reading →

Register for free online training from RPR® and enhance your business

Wed, 01/06/2016 - 2:55pm
(Sponsored Content) Illinois REALTORS® can take free online training this month from the Realtors Property Resource® (RPR), a resource developed by NAR exclusively for its members. Whether you’re an agent, broker, an appraiser, an association officer or executive, a commercial … Continue reading →

See hundreds of colleagues in the digital version of January Illinois REALTOR®

Wed, 01/06/2016 - 10:30am
Read the digital version of the January Illinois REALTOR® now if you want a head start on your colleagues. More than 600 IAR members graced the cover of the printed publication, and the printed versions will arrive in mailboxes this … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Tips for de-cluttering your house this year

Wed, 01/06/2016 - 9:43am
Want to clear out your clutter this year, but aren’t sure how to get started? Houzz, an online home design website, offers a month-by-month guide to tackling your clutter in the article, “Your Clutter-Clearing for the New Year.” In January, … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® continue charity work

Tue, 01/05/2016 - 11:29am
REALTORS® in Champaign, Livingston and Rockford counties, as well as Peoria, made their presence felt in their communities in December with multiple projects that helped the less fortunate. IAR staff also adopted two Springfield-area families for Christmas. Champaign Area REALTORS® … Continue reading →