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Morning Minute: Top reasons people want to become homeowners

Fri, 10/16/2015 - 9:10am
There are a variety of benefits to homeownership that prompt people to buy a home, but a recent survey from the National Association of REALTORS® finds that three primary reasons top the list: building equity, living in a safe and … Continue reading →

Tenggren wins NAR’s EverGreen Award

Thu, 10/15/2015 - 3:50pm
Christopher Tenggren, vice chairman of the 2016 IAR REALTORS® Political Involvement Committee (RPIC) and a broker for RE/MAX Great American North in St. Charles, will receive a 2015 EverGreen Award at the NAR REALTORS® Conference & Expo in San Diego … Continue reading →

Hazel Crest officials meet with IAR, MORe representatives

Thu, 10/15/2015 - 2:15pm
Delays for municipal point-of-sale inspections, required reinspections and occupancy permits – as well as excessive inspections beyond “health and safety” violations – were topics discussed by Illinois REALTORS®, Hazel Crest Mayor Vernard Alsberry, Jr., and Hazel Crest Village Manager Donna … Continue reading →

IAR gets gold status for global awareness education

Thu, 10/15/2015 - 1:11pm
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR) has received Gold status from the NAR for the way it raised member awareness of global business in local markets during the past year. According to Janet Branton, Senior Vice President Global Business and … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Fixed mortgage rates remain below four percent, Freddie Mac reports

Thu, 10/15/2015 - 8:46am
Good news for homebuyers: Fixed mortgage rates have remained below four percent for 12 consecutive weeks, Freddie Mac reported today. The 30-year, fixed rate averaged 3.82 percent this week, while the 15-year, fixed rate averaged 3.03 percent. Read more from … Continue reading →

Last day to submit your photo for January magazine cover

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 3:41pm
IAR members have until the end of the day Thursday (Oct. 15) to submit portraits for the January 2016 collage cover of Illinois REALTOR®, celebrating the association’s 100th anniversary. If you haven’t submitted your photo yet, please send it to … Continue reading →

Register Now for Upcoming Courses for Commercial REALTORS®

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 12:10pm
Changes in leasing accounting standards may benefit REALTORS®. Proposed FASB/IASB rule changes now under review would require companies to report all of their leases on their financial statements and may impact their financial ratios. The proposed rules would treat a … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Many homebuyers don’t comparison shop when it comes to mortgage loans, survey finds

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 10:41am
Many consumers consider themselves financially savvy and make sure to comparison shop in order to get the best deals on electronics, airfare and general merchandise before they buy. But a recent survey by Lending Tree found that when it comes … Continue reading →

Lance can help you improve your social media effectiveness

Tue, 10/13/2015 - 10:31am
Sign up today for the Nov. 4 Xplode Conference in Hoffman Estates and you’ll learn how to more effectively use social media in your real estate business during the presentation by Katie Lance. As the founder and chief executive officer … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: U.S. foreclosure inventory down 25 percent compared to last summer

Tue, 10/13/2015 - 8:51am
The nation’s foreclosure inventory steadily declined this summer, falling 25.2 percent in August compared to the same time last year, according to CoreLogic’s August 2015 National Foreclosure Report released today. Completed foreclosures decreased 20.1 percent compared to August 2014. In … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: 15 home maintenance projects for this fall

Mon, 10/12/2015 - 9:33am
Take time now to prepare your home for the winter months by cleaning out your gutters, adding weatherstripping to your doors and windows and making any needed exterior repairs. Check out Houzz.com’s fall maintenance checklist for a full list of … Continue reading →

ICYMI: Top 4 Stories on the IARbuzz Blog

Mon, 10/12/2015 - 8:52am
In case you missed it, here are a few of the popular stories featured on the IARbuzz blog last week: Illinois Association of REALTORS® Board of Directors votes to change name – The board voted to change the organization’s name to … Continue reading →

MRED becomes Centennial Sponsor for IAR’s 100th Anniversary

Fri, 10/09/2015 - 10:19am
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® is pleased to announce that Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED) has become the official Centennial Sponsor in celebrating the association’s 100th year. Founded in 1916, IAR will begin celebration of this important milestone in October … Continue reading →

Name change sanctioned by IAR board at Fall Business Meetings

Fri, 10/09/2015 - 9:10am
The Illinois Association of REALTORS®’ Board of Directors voted unanimously to change the name of the organization this week. The change would switch from the name the association has used since 1973 to Illinois REALTORS®. The name change will have … Continue reading →

Local associations can get ‘covered’ on IAR’s 100th anniversary

Fri, 10/09/2015 - 6:30am
Encourage your local association to submit individual photos of its board members for the cover of January 2016 edition of Illinois REALTOR®, so it is well-represented on the historic 100th anniversary edition. While hundreds of individual IAR members have provided … Continue reading →

Learn about Crosby’s service award in Illinois REALTOR®

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 2:38pm
What does it take for a REALTOR® to receive the National Association of REALTORS® Distinguished Service Award? Find out when you read about Jean Crosby in the “Homefront” section of October Illinois REALTOR® magazine! With more than 30 years in … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: REALTORS® expect moderate price growth in the months ahead

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 8:46am
Over the next 12 months, REALTORS®  expect U.S. home prices to grow around 3.5 percent, according to the latest REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). The survey, taken in June and August, finds that REALTORS® anticipate … Continue reading →

Letter: Will County communities should curb impact fees to spur growth

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 2:30pm
IAR’s Gideon Blustein, regional manager for member outreach, wrote a letter to the editor of the Herald News about how getting rid of impact fees might actually help schools with lagging enrollments and increase economic investment. Blustein’s letter noted that several … Continue reading →

The hashtag winner for the 100th Anniversary contest; start using it now

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 2:23pm
Illinois REALTORS® selected from among a number of hashtags to use throughout the year on social media. The winner was revealed by 2016 IAR President Mike Drews at an inaugural gala held in Oak Brook Hills on Oct. 6, 2015. … Continue reading →

Drews becomes IAR president; logo celebrates IAR’s 100 years

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 7:40am
IAR’s 2016 President Mike Drews told REALTORS® that the association would enter its 100th year with a special anniversary logo. Drews was formally installed as president at the Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015 inaugural at the Hilton Oak Brook Hills Resort … Continue reading →