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Test your knowledge of Chicago trivia

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 11:50am
On Sept. 4-6, REALTORS® from all over the state will converge in Chicago for the 2014 IAR Fall Conference & Expo at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place. Whether you have great memories from previous visits or you’re visiting for the … Continue reading →

REbarcamp Illinois: One of the hottest FREE tickets around

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 11:52am
Reserve one of the hottest FREE tickets in the real estate education world today! Attend REbarcamp Illinois 2014 on Aug. 4 in Itasca. No structured program, no paid speakers… just fresh content, the latest digital trends, business and marketing tips … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Lower corn prices could affect farmland prices

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 10:24am
Corn prices are trending lower this year and that could impact farmland property prices, which have been booming in recent years. In a recent analysis, National Association of REALTORS® Chief Economist Lawrence Yun, said that while lower corn prices could … Continue reading →

Leasing Agents: Still need more CE hours to renew your license?

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 5:04pm
Leasing Agents who need more CE hours can take advantage of a three-hour online program, COR 1610 Property Management, featuring IAR’s Legal Hotline Attorney Betsy Urbance and Steve Bochenek, a partner with Sorling Northrup Attorneys. Experience the ease and convenience of our … Continue reading →

Sun shines on Aurora Habitat build

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 11:02am
Mother Nature allowed IAR volunteers to finally make some progress at the Aurora Habitat for Humanity project during the weekend. IAR President Phil Chiles led a team of volunteers who did framing at the site. The Aurora build is the … Continue reading →

Jim Barbagallo, staunch supporter of REALTOR® causes, dies at 65

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 9:09pm
The REALTOR® community lost a true friend Friday, July 11, 2014, with the death of Jim Barbagallo. Barbagallo, a longtime REALTOR® who was very active with the Illinois Association of REALTORS® and the Rockford Area Association of REALTORS®, died in … Continue reading →

See why you should come to IAR’s Fall Conference & Expo

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 4:37pm
Incoming IAR president Jim Kinney loves the Windy City and wants every REALTOR® to see why when they attend the 2014 IAR Fall Conference & Expo, Sept. 4-6. Kinney and conference committee members Dan Wagner and Mabel Guzman took a … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Making the most of growing global real estate opportunities

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 10:33am
More international buyers are looking to buy real estate in the U.S. according to the National Association of REALTORS®  2014 Profile of International Home Buying Activity. Between April 2013 and March 2014, sales to international buyers totaled $92.2 billion, a … Continue reading →

Start planning now to get Managing Broker Education Requirements for April 2015

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 1:10pm
Now is a great time for Managing Brokers to take required continuing education (CE) courses. All managing brokers are required to complete 12 CE hours between May 1, 2013 and April 30, 2015.  Of those hours, three must be Core … Continue reading →

How well can you explain Illinois septic system laws? With this FREE brochure you can!

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 3:15pm
Unless you’re an expert on the Illinois Private Sewage Disposal Code, the question of whether you should use the free RVOICE brochure, “Requirements for Septic System Owners” (item #646) is a no-brainer! This brochure – which is written in easy-to-understand … Continue reading →

Want to turn renters into buyers? Here’s how.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 1:30pm
An Illinois REALTOR® reveals that her key to connecting with renters comes as the result of work with rental property owners. Timing is critical to REALTOR® Linda Linder’s approach, asking renters 90 days before their leases expire to weigh the … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Springfield and Rockford see pickup in local housing markets

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:01pm
The summer housing market is off to a strong start with Springfield and Rockford reporting an uptick in their local markets. The Capital Area Association of REALTORS® President Steve Myers told the State Journal-Register that the market is improving after … Continue reading →

See Chicago the Hyatt Regency way, Sept. 4-6

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:38am
Whether you visit Chicago for the Multicultural Summit, the 2014 IAR Fall Conference and Expo or both events, you can take your trip to another level by staying at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place.  Not only do many of the … Continue reading →

Whitehurst and Kolbus newest IAR RPAC Ambassadors

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 9:32am
Congratulations to Illinois REALTORS® Sheryl Grider Whitehurst and Jeff Kolbus, both of Traders Realty in Peoria for becoming the latest RPAC Ambassadors for the 1,000 Points of Light campaign. The campaign is an initiative aimed at increasing awareness and building participation … Continue reading →

REALTORS® meet with FHFA director; learn about refinancing options

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 4:21pm
Several Illinois REALTOR® members and association staff members attended a town hall meeting Tuesday, July 8, 2014, to discuss ways to help homeowners with refinancing. The meeting featured an appearance by Mel Watts, the director of the Federal Housing Finance … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Rockford makes list of top markets to be a landlord

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 9:18am
If you are investment real estate buyer looking for potential rental properties, Rockford and Winnebago County in Illinois are on RealtyTrac’s list of the 20 best U.S. markets when it comes to rental returns. Based on RealtyTrac’s formula, Rockford-area rental … Continue reading →

D.R. Legal News: The good and bad that come with technology

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 3:48pm
In the July issue of D.R. Legal News, Todd Turner of Sorling Northrup Attorneys covers the topic of technology and what REALTORS® need to be careful of with regards to social media sites, using recording devices and being on the … Continue reading →

Webpage has all your resources on SB2664; the Condo Foreclosure Bill

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 9:34am
IAR members are flooding the Governor’s office with messages urging him to sign SB2664, and IAR has set up a webpage with all the information you need to help answer a Call For Action. You can find the page here … Continue reading →

In Case You Missed It: Top IARbuzz blog posts from last week

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 7:30am
In case you missed it, here are three of the top IARbuzz blog posts from last week. Weather in Chicagoland schedule changes, some cancellations for Aurora Habitat build – Severe weather in the Chicagoland delayed foundation work for the IAR Habitat … Continue reading →

Happy Independence Day from IAR

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 11:55am
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR) wishes everyone a safe and happy Fourth of July holiday. The IAR office and IAR Legal Hotline will be closed on Friday in observance of the holiday.