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See all you missed during this week’s IAR Public Policy Meetings

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 2:46pm
Want to catch up on what happened at the 2015 Illinois Association of REALTORS®’ Public Policy Meetings? From Monday through Thursday, Illinois REALTORS® gathered at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria to raise money, share ideas, learn new trends and … Continue reading →

Illinois home prices climb 3.7 percent in December #IARMarketStats

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 12:17pm
Illinois home prices continued to recover with median prices showing year-over-year gains every month in 2014. Home sales, while modestly lower than 2013, pointed toward a stabilizing market, according to the latest report from the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. Some … Continue reading →

Five reasons for optimism about the 2015 housing market

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 9:17am
The Illinois housing market in 2014 reflected a return to a more normal market with gradual and consistent gains in home prices and sales. With 2015 sales and prices expected to build on that steady momentum, there is optimism for … Continue reading →

IAR Board takes steps to enhance political advocacy efforts

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 8:19am
IAR’s board of directors approved a $25 increase in the RVOICE Initiative Assessment, earmarking the additional funds to enhance the association’s mission of promoting and defending private property rights. The board approved the measure at its meeting on Thursday, Jan. … Continue reading →

Dalessandro recommended for 2017 vice president for NAR’s Region 7

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 8:16am
Longtime IAR member Pat Dalessandro was recommended to be regional vice president for 2017 by IAR the board. The nomination must be sanctioned by NAR. Region 7 includes Illinois, Indiana and Ohio, and as president Dalessandro will work on REALTOR® … Continue reading →

IAR Policy Meeting events raise more than $91,000

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 5:16pm
A pair of events at the Illinois Association of REALTORS® Public Policy Meetings in East Peoria raised more than $91,000 to benefit the association’s political action committee and an educational foundation. The RPAC auction held on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, … Continue reading →

Wiercinski recognized by board for service with proclamation

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 5:04pm
Longtime IAR member and former association board member Chuck Wiercinski was honored for a lifetime of service at IAR’s Board of Directors meeting in East Peoria on Jan. 22. Wiercinski, who served on numerous IAR committees and had been honored … Continue reading →

Dalessandro named to represent Illinois as Region 7 VP

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 4:56pm
Former IAR president Pat Dalessandro was named vice president for NAR’s Region 7. Region 7 includes Illinois, Indiana and Ohio, and as president Dalessandro will work on REALTOR® advocacy both regionally and at the national level. He takes over from … Continue reading →

Encouraging signs as new governor takes office in Illinois

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 4:19pm
A new Illinois governor offers the opportunity to build relationships and share common goals, IAR’s Government Affairs Director Greg St. Aubin told those attending the association’s Public Policy Meetings in East Peoria. St. Aubin, who has been a lobbyist for … Continue reading →

Take 2 steps to protect your database and your clients

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 2:21pm
Savvy REALTORS®, Managing Brokers and local association leaders can take steps to prevent criminals from accessing customer databases and stealing money through fraudulent emails and money transfers. Start by exploring the idea of two-step authentication, says Matt Brewer, IAR Director … Continue reading →

REEF raises money to further education mission

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 10:13am
  The Real Estate Educational Foundation held a “Golf for Good” fundraiser on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 in East Peoria. The event raised money to help fund scholarships for those seeking to begin a career in real estate or related … Continue reading →

Illinois housing market, economy could see steady improvement in 2015

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 6:10pm
When it comes to the economy, the Illinois housing market and the prospects for 2015, there is good news on the horizon, said Geoffrey J.D. Hewings, Director of the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory (REAL) of the University of Illinois on Wednesday … Continue reading →

Tough choices ahead as Illinois deals with budget issues

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 4:50pm
A week after Gov. Bruce Rauner and state lawmakers were sworn into office, political analyst Paul Green shared his thoughts on the state’s political landscape with Illinois REALTORS® Wednesday at the IAR Public Policy Meetings in East Peoria. The outlook? The … Continue reading →

REALTORS® can be powerful advocates for industry and consumers

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 12:47pm
Illinois REALTORS® can have a real impact on the political debates in Springfield and locally, said state Rep. Mike Unes, R-East Peoria, on Wednesday at IAR Public Policy Meetings in East Peoria. “Now more than ever it is truly important for … Continue reading →

Lynn Madison receives IAR Political Involvement Award

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 12:18pm
Congratulations to Illinois REALTOR® and educator Lynn Madison, owner of Lynn Madison Seminars in Schaumburg, on receiving the Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR) 2014 Political Involvement Award. The award is given for outstanding political and legislative service to the REALTOR® … Continue reading →

Loretta Alonzo named 2015 Illinois REALTOR® of the Year

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 11:03am
Congratulations to the 2015 Illinois REALTOR® of the Year, Loretta Alonzo, managing broker of Century 21 Affiliated in La Grange Park. Alonzo was the 2012 president of the Illinois Association of REALTORS® and has a long history of service and … Continue reading →

IAR and Harvard researcher provide data that could help you serve senior clients better

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 9:52am
REALTORS® who try to understand the housing challenges Baby Boomers face as senior citizens can put themselves in a more competitive position to help potential clients throughout the next 20 years. That’s because the number of Baby Boomers who will … Continue reading →

Photos at the RPAC Re-up session

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 1:06am
At the RPAC Re-up Rally Tuesday, cameras captured local association members as they called on colleagues to support the Illinois REALTORS® Political Action Committee. Check out our photo gallery. IAR members — did you help your colleagues make our goals?   (Contributions … Continue reading →

Raising money for RPAC (And having fun doing it)

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 9:50pm
Illinois REALTORS® mixed a good time with advocacy on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 at the annual Public Policy Meetings. The association held an auction to raise money for RPAC, which is used to protect private property rights throughout the state … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® celebrate Triple Crown win in East Peoria

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 6:26pm
Illinois REALTORS® celebrated the win of an award for political fundraising and participation on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. The Illinois Association of REALTORS® won NAR’s Triple Crown award. The celebration kicked off with a reception in advance of the RPAC … Continue reading →