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REALTORS® take private property rights messages to Capitol Hill

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 2:27pm
Illinois REALTORS® began three days of meetings with policymakers on Wednesday, part of NAR’s annual Midyear Meetings & Expo. REALTORS® met with a number of congressional representatives and/or their staffs. On the agenda Wednesday: Meetings with U.S. Reps. Bill Foster, … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Obama presidential library coming to Chicago

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 10:36am
It’s official. Chicago’s South Side will be the future home of President Barack Obama’s presidential library, the Barack Obama Foundation announced Tuesday. David Axelrod, a former Obama adviser, told CNN the “library would be a ‘wonderful asset’ to the city … Continue reading →

Six Illinois REALTORS® inducted into RPAC Hall of Fame

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 9:42pm
Six Illinois REALTORS® were honored on Tuesday, May 12, by being inducted into the RPAC Hall of Fame. Those selected for the honor have donated $25,000 to the REALTORS® Political Action Committee. Illinois honorees were: Jim Barbagallo Michael D. Oldenettel … Continue reading →

Controversial bill expanding government lien powers advances out of Illinois Senate

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 4:10pm
The Illinois Senate on Tuesday passed SB 1380, a controversial bill that would allow municipalities to attach liens for nuisance code violations on all of a property owner’s real estate and not just the offending properties. Illinois REALTORS® are strongly … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® helping get NAR’s consumer messages out

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 1:23pm
Several Illinois REALTORS® took part in an effort to tell consumers about real estate issues. REALTORS® Dan Wagner, Nykea Pippion-McGriff, Loretta Alonzo, Mabél Guzmán and Maurice Hampton took part in a series of videos in Washington, D.C., designed to help get … Continue reading →

REALTOR® actions needed to reform communication law

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 12:15pm
Illinois REALTORS® can support needed updates to the state communications law by sending an email to their state legislators and sharing information with friends through Facebook. As mentioned in this blog last week, IAR has joined a coalition named the … Continue reading →

REALTORS® – 3 reasons to read last Friday’s IAR State Capitol Report

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 11:45am
The IAR renewed a Call for Action on Senate Bill 1380, saw its efforts to reform procedures and costs for foreclosed condos stalled, while the House extended its committee deadline for consideration of Senate bills to this Friday, according to … Continue reading →

Three Illinois REALTORS® contributing to NAR Legislative Live blog

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 11:07am
Get insights from three IAR members – Carrie Bey-Little of Glen Ellyn, Matt Difanis of Champaign County and Karen Robertson of Plainfield – who are participating in the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo this week in Washington, D.C., and contributing … Continue reading →

FPCs meet Tuesday to discuss meetings on Capitol Hill

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 10:46am
IAR’s Federal Political Coordinators met Tuesday, May 12, 2015, at the Washington Hilton to discuss upcoming meetings on Capitol Hill. Each year, REALTORS® attending the Midyear Meetings & Expo devote several days to meeting with most of Illinois’ congressional delegation. … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Rising rents squeezing more consumers

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 10:16am
The cost of renting has gotten higher in the last five years and depending on which U.S. metropolitan area you live in, some of the increases have been substantial and unsustainable, according to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). Rental … Continue reading →

D.R. Legal News discusses 5 legal case studies for IAR managing brokers

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 10:00am
The United States Supreme Court’s ruling that a professional licensing board was not immune from an anti-trust violation was just one of five legal case studies reviewed in the May edition of the D.R. Legal News. Lisa Harms Hartzler, Sorling … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® kick off a week of meetings in D.C.

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 9:49am
Illinois REALTORS® are kicking off a week of meetings in Washington, D.C., which will feature policy discussions, meetings on Capitol Hill with lawmakers and a trade show. The REALTORS® Midyear Meetings & Trade Expo draws some of the industry’s best … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® proactive about promoting professionalism in the industry

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 2:31pm
A recent column from the Chicago Tribune’s Mary Ellen Podmolik, “Finding out more about a real estate agent before you hire,” takes a closer look at several initiatives from the Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR) aimed at resolving consumer and … Continue reading →

IAR helps veterans become REALTORS®

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 1:15pm
U.S. military veterans who want real estate careers can get a discount on IAR’s live pre-license classes through the G.I. Bill. In fact, IAR has the only real estate school in Illinois that can provide training through the G.I. Bill. … Continue reading →

In case you missed it; 5 key ideas from last week

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 12:05pm
IAR’s Spring Conference in Collinsville was the opportunity for Illinois REALTORS® to share ideas about increasing production, building relationships, protecting their brand, learning more about legal issues and increasing participation in local elections. If you haven’t read these stories yet, … Continue reading →

Be one of the first to read today’s IAR State Capitol Report

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 4:38pm
Illinois REALTORS® can stay informed about legislation that will affect property owners and real estate professionals by reading today’s issue of the IAR State Capitol Report. Whether the action is in the House or the Senate, the State Capitol Report … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: U.S. adds jobs in April

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 11:22am
The U.S. economy added 223,000 jobs in April and unemployment fell 5.4 percent during the same period, according to the U.S. Labor Department. Read more from Reuters and the Wall Street Journal. In other headlines: Homeownership Still a Great Investment … Continue reading →

REALTORS® get legal updates from Urbance, Baker

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 4:06pm
The integration of TILA/RESPA, case summaries, the REALTOR® Code of Ethics Citation Program, social media and team names in advertising, drones and surveillance were among the topics reviewed by the Legal Services team of Betsy Urbance and Jeffrey T. Baker … Continue reading →

Congratulations to prize winners at IAR Spring Conference & Expo

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 1:45pm
Congratulations to some of the prize winners at this year’s Illinois Association of REALTORS® Spring Conference & Expo in Collinsville, including Scott Rayho,  the winner of the Cubs/Cardinals tickets in the RPAC raffe. Also pictured below are Julie Justice, who … Continue reading →

Redirect your real estate efforts and focus on building relationships

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 1:32pm
The seeds REALTORS® sow today when it comes to connecting with the public and potential clients, can reap big business rewards later, says Ashton Gustafson, In his IAR Spring Conference closing session, “We’ve Got It All Backwards,” Gustafson said REALTORS® … Continue reading →