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Three Rivers members recruit, bake, gather and share

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 5:08pm
When it comes to serving Will and Grundy counties in northeastern Illinois, the Three Rivers Association of REALTORS® conducts several community service projects to help the less fortunate, especially in November and December. “Our association covers a large geographic area, … Continue reading →

Four reasons to attend GRI in Peoria this December #ILGRIturns50

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 4:24pm
There are only four more days to pre-register for the Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI) program at the Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette on Dec. 1-4. Final registration ends at midnight on Friday, Nov. 21. A limited number of walk ins will … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Homebuilders wary of fire sprinkler mandates, other overly stringent codes

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 10:18am
Single-family homebuilders are concerned about the increasing number of building codes — including the push for mandatory fire sprinklers in new residential construction —  being promoted for public policy reasons that can needlessly drive up building costs, according to a … Continue reading →

IAR Legal Minute Video: What you need to know about mold inspection forms

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 7:00am
In the latest Legal Minute video, IAR Legal Services attorney Jeffrey T. Baker, of Sorling Northrup Attorneys in Springfield, discusses mold inspection forms and what rights they convey in real estate transactions.

KIFAR members prepare for December auction

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 4:05pm
When it comes to supporting local charities during the holiday season, members of the Kankakee-Iroquois-Ford Association of REALTORS® (KIFAR) annually do it through their association. And this year is no exception. When KIFAR gathers for its Christmas party on Dec. … Continue reading →

Final days to register for GRI in Peoria #ILGRIturns50

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 3:04pm
The final registration deadline for Illinois GRI is Friday, Nov. 21. The Grad Course is nearly sold out and walk-ins will not be accepted. Course II and III still have openings and a limited number of walk-ins accepted onsite. Come … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Park Forest makes list of best housing markets for executives

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 10:49am
When it comes to getting an affordable deal on the type of homes that appeal to business “executives” (think at least four-bedroom, two-bathroom homes), the Chicago suburb of Park Forest, Ill. makes the grade, coming in at No. 3 behind … Continue reading →

Capital Area REALTORS® wins honorable mention ACE award

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 2:07pm
The Capital Area REALTORS® received a 2014 Accredited Commercial Excellence Award (ACE) honorable mention during the National Association of REALTORS® annual conference last weekend in New Orleans. Capital Area won in the area of Technology and Data. The award was … Continue reading →

IAR Legal Minute Video: Handling negotiations by text message

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 10:05am
In the latest Legal Minute video, Sorling Northrup Attorney Jeffrey T. Baker answers some of the recent questions he’s received on the IAR Transaction Helpline, including the legal issues of negotiating via text message.

Morning Minute: Stronger market ahead for commercial real estate

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 9:53am
The U.S. commercial real estate market is expected to see gains in prices and rents in the next few years as the the economy improves, more jobs are created and energy costs decline, according to National Association of REALTOR® Chief … Continue reading →

Throwback Thursday visits GRI 29 years ago

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 5:31pm
Do you know anyone in this photo?  In 1975, the Graduate, REALTOR® Institute was well on its way to becoming what it is today.  The coursework taught this group of eight men and 16 women about the fundamentals of real … Continue reading →

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 →