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IAR receives Springfield ‘Good as Gold’ award

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 10:11am
Illinois REALTORS® – Be proud of your association! Wednesday night, the Illinois Association of REALTORS® was named to the 2015 Springfield Good as Gold Business Honor Roll for supporting volunteerism, organizing service efforts and-or financially supporting efforts of non-profits and charitable … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Real estate market sees steady growth, Federal Reserve reports

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 10:06am
The housing market is steadily improving in most U.S. markets, according to the Federal Reserve’s latest Beige Book economic report. Buyer demand is improving in many markets, including Chicago, and home prices continue to rebound in many markets. Read HousingWire’s … Continue reading →

Early-bird rate ends at midnight for Spring Conference & Expo

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 4:35pm
Register before midnight tonight for the IAR Spring Conference & Expo in Collinsville, and you will save $20! Illinois REALTORS® get the early-bird rate of $109 before tonight’s deadline. The rate goes up to $129 from April 16-27. With nationally-known … Continue reading →

Planting the right trees can help your clients sell

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 2:00pm
You can help clients improve the curb appeal of their homes by educating yourself about the pros and cons of available trees in the area. According to houselogic.com, the Bradford Pear and Sweetgum are just two examples of trees to … Continue reading →

YPN brings enthusiasm and takes experience back from the Capitol

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 5:27pm
State Rep. Marcus Evans (Illinois 33rd District) engaged in a lively question-and-answer session with visiting members of Illinois YPN at the Illinois State Capitol Tuesday afternoon. Illinois YPN Chair REALTOR® Rebecca Thomson and GAD Kris Anderson introduced Rep. Evans and … Continue reading →

Matt Difanis named 2016 IAR Treasurer nominee

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 5:26pm
Congratulations to Champaign REALTOR® Matt Difanis, who was selected as the 2016 Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR) Treasurer nominee on Tuesday afternoon as Illinois REALTORS® met in Springfield for the annual IAR Capitol Conference. Difanis, a partner with the RE/MAX … Continue reading →

IAR Lobby Day Action

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 3:27pm

Schneider looks to good relationship with Illinois REALTORS®

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 12:47pm
Illinois REALTORS® will find the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation to be as unobtrusive as possible, said IDFPR Secretary Bryan A. Schneider at the IAR Legislative Briefing. Citing his experience as a lawyer, Schneider said he understands the … Continue reading →

Illinois House Minority Leader Jim Durkin speaks to Illinois REALTORS®

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 12:20pm
Illinois political leaders face a daunting task when it comes to the state’s ongoing budget issues this spring, but the time has come when hard decisions must be made, Illinois House Minority Leader Jim Durkin told a group of Illinois … Continue reading →

IAR Capitol Conference kicks off in Springfield

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 11:49am
Hundreds of Illinois REALTORS® are arriving in Springfield Tuesday for the annual Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR) Capitol Conference. IAR members will meet with Illinois legislators to lobby on the legislative issues important to the industry. #PowerofR

Understanding why residents want to move

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 5:50pm
Many renters are fed up with their housing, and seek a transition to becoming homeowners, according to a report published in REALTOR® Mag. What does that mean for you as a REALTOR®? You have the opportunity to help these prospective … Continue reading →

Group working on plans for IAR’s 100th anniversary meets in Springfield

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 3:54pm
Members of the task force assigned to help IAR come up with plans to mark its 100th anniversary met in Springfield on April 13, 2015. IAR is among the oldest organizations in the REALTOR® community, and the task force is … Continue reading →

REALTORS® – Get free NAR Fair Housing Poster

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 12:17pm
Use the 2015 NAR Fair Housing Poster to remind visitors your office supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act all year. You can download the poster and print it if you like. Or you share it on Facebook, Twitter … Continue reading →

IAR collecting funds for tornado victims; other associations working to provide aid

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 9:28am
IAR is joining the effort to help with disaster recovery in the wake of tornados that swept through the state Thursday. The state association joins other local REALTOR® associations in helping those in the northern part of Illinois who saw … Continue reading →

Roskam, Schneider talk to Industry Leaders Council

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 11:15am
Members of IAR’s Industry Leaders Council met this week with U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam and newly-appointed IDFPR Secretary Bryan Schneider on Thursday as part of IAR’s Industry Leaders Council held in Oak Brook. Roskam, who represents Illinois’ Sixth District (parts … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Spring real estate market begins to heat up

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 10:46am
Home sales are picking up in many areas of the country as mortgage rates remain low and motivated buyers get into the spring market, according to the Wall Street Journal article, ” Housing Market Sees Hopeful Signs of Spring.” Economists … Continue reading →

Prepare for REALTOR® Lobby Day with can’t-miss advice from Greg and Julie

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 1:54pm
Listen to IAR lobbyists Greg St. Aubin and Julie Sullivan as they provide a great overview of next Tuesday’s activities at the IAR Capitol Conference and Lobby Day. If anyone can help you maximize your time in Springfield, it’s the … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Owning a home cheaper than renting in many communities

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 11:51am
Something to consider this spring if you’ve been debating whether you should make the move to buy a home: house payments on a median-priced home are more affordable than paying fair market rent on a three-bedroom property in 76 percent … Continue reading →