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Opportunity Race: RPAC postcards support Bartelsen for alderman

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 10:00am
Lockport residents in Ward 4 received IAR RPAC postcards urging their support for Joanne Bartelsen in the April 7 consolidated election. The postcard lets voters know Bartelsen will provide Lockport with an alderman who favors: Reducing barriers to homeownership; Keeping … Continue reading →

Senate bill enhances notice requirements for local governments

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 9:19am
As noted in last week’s State Capitol Report, IAR supports Senate Bill 26 (as amended) which moves language currently in the Local Records Act to the more appropriate Open Meetings Act. The bill requires public bodies outside Cook County to … Continue reading →

Vote daily to help Jirak get REALTOR® Magazine award

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 4:59pm
You can vote once a day – through Friday at noon – for Chicago REALTOR® Clayton Jirak to receive REALTOR® Magazine’s Web Choice Award. Jirak is one of 50 finalists selected for NAR magazine’s “30 Under 30” honor, and judges … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® meet with elected officials in Washington, D.C.

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 1:42pm
Illinois REALTORS® joined their counterparts in several other states to lobby for private property rights on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., this week. The visit was part of an effort by the REALTOR® Great Lakes Caucus, which encompasses Illinois, Indiana, … Continue reading →

Effort to raid RELAF funds could hurt Illinois property owners

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 1:06pm
The fund all Illinois real estate licensees pay into for industry regulation has been targeted by state lawmakers seeking a short-term fix to the state’s budget crisis. The Illinois House voted 69-48 on Tuesday to pass a broad measure that … Continue reading →

REALTORS® can take advantage of early voting for April 7 consolidated elections

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 10:47am
Make your voice heard, Illinois REALTORS®, and vote for REALTOR® champions during the upcoming consolidated elections, even if you can’t stop by your precinct on Election Day, April 7. That’s what the early voting process in Illinois is all about. … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Sales of new U.S. homes hit seven year high in February

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 10:32am
Sales of newly constructed, single-family homes rose 7.8 percent in February, rising to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 539,000, according to new data from the Commerce Department. The last time the annual rate was this high was in February … Continue reading →

Don’t be Intimidated

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 6:30am
If you have been to an IAR Capitol Conference before, you know what an energizing day it can be. If you have never attended, we hope you’ll take this opportunity to increase your comfort level dealing with policy makers and … Continue reading →

Managing Broker License Renewals: Are You On Schedule?

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 11:18am
Have you checked your educational credits lately? Managing Broker license renewals are due April 30th. If you are unsure about the requirements, use this checklist as a guide: Managing brokers who were first licensed prior to Feb. 1, 2013 need … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Illinois home prices see gains in February

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 11:08am
The spring real estate season is around the corner and Illinois homeowners may decide now is the time to list their homes for sale. The lower inventory of homes for sale and increasing buyer demand are driving home prices higher. … Continue reading →

Infographic: Illinois home prices head higher in February 2015 #IARMarketStats

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 10:03am
Illinois has seen steady annual gains in home prices and the upward trend can be seen in communities statewide. In February, 50 Illinois counties recorded year-over-year median prices gains. Download and share the latest Illinois Association of REALTORS® infographic highlighting … Continue reading →

Broadview residents get information urging Home Rule defeat

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 9:15am
Postcards with the headline “Home Rule is like handing local officials a blank check,” arrived in the hands of Broadview residents during the past few days, reminding them to vote “no” on the April 7 Home Rule referendum there. Broadview, … Continue reading →

Midlothian residents get second anti-tax mailing

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 3:40pm
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® and the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS® mailed postcards to Midlothian residents late last week, urging them to vote “no” to the real estate transfer tax on April 7. It is the second mailing from IAR … Continue reading →

Mailing explains our support for Crestwood sales tax referendum

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 1:53pm
Mailers recently sent to Crestwood residents outline at least two good reasons they should vote “yes” regarding the April 7 referendum to increase sales taxes 1 percent in Crestwood. Village officials estimate the increased sales tax will raise conservatively about … Continue reading →

Illinois and Chicago area home prices surge higher in February

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 11:37am
Illinois home prices continued to strengthen as the statewide median price experienced a double-digit annual gain in February, marking 30 consecutive months of year-over-year price increases, according to the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. Read the news release and share a … Continue reading →

15 reasons to read today’s IAR State Capitol Report

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 5:12pm
Our Call for Action on the sewer video bill and the appointment of Bryan Schneider as Secretary of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation are among the 15 items listed in today’s IAR State Capitol Report. IAR members … Continue reading →

Digital version of April magazine available now

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 3:05pm
The April 2015 edition of Illinois REALTOR® magazine is due to hit your mailbox any day. But the digital version is available with just a click of your mouse. The 32-page April edition features several stories on helping mature homeowners … Continue reading →

Get involved: Support REALTOR®-friendly candidates in these Opportunity Races

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 3:04pm
Each election cycle Illinois REALTORS® single out champions of the real estate industry for enhanced support. This April 7, REALTORS® in various communities throughout the state have a chance to support 12 REALTOR® Champions. Opportunity Races candidates are selected by … Continue reading →

Schneider gets Senate OK, confirmed to head IDFPR

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 2:58pm
The Illinois Senate confirmed Gov. Bruce Rauner’s appointment of Bryan Schneider as director of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Schneider is divisional vice president and assistant general counselor for Walgreens. He’s a member of the state Board … Continue reading →

New form ready for residential property owners in portions of Cook County

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 11:46am
A new law goes into effect Saturday in unincorporated portions of Cook County which requires sellers of residential properties to verify all parties in real estate transactions have knowledge of the zoning and permitted uses of parcels in their transactions. This verification … Continue reading →