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Morning Minute: U.S. vacation homes sales jumped to record high in 2014

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 10:32am
The market for vacation homes was strong in 2014, with sales of vacation properties climbing to 1.13 million last year, a 57.4 percent jump compared to 2013 and the highest level since the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) began tracking … Continue reading →

Take advantage of your last chances to vote

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 9:14am
Make your voice heard in the April 7 Illinois Consolidated Election by either voting today through absentee ballot or visiting your local polling place between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. tomorrow. To find out more about elections, you can visit … Continue reading →

Opportunity Race: RPAC supports Weaver re-election bid

Sun, 04/05/2015 - 8:00am
Peoria residents received IAR RPAC postcards urging them to vote for Chuck Weaver in the April 7 consolidated election so he is re-elected to the Peoria City Council. The mailing lets Peoria voters know Weaver is a councilman who favors: … Continue reading →

Opportunity Race: RPAC urges Turner re-election

Sat, 04/04/2015 - 8:00am
Peoria residents received IAR RPAC postcards urging them to re-elect Eric Turner to the Peoria City Council in the April 7 consolidated election. The mailing lets Peoria voters know Turner is a councilman who favors: Reducing barriers to homeownership; Keeping … Continue reading →

Opportunity Race: RPAC urges support for Spain

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 4:00pm
Peoria residents received IAR RPAC postcards urging them to vote for Ryan Spain for city councilman in the April 7 consolidated election. The mailing lets Peoria voters know Spain will be a councilman who favors: Reducing barriers to homeownership; Keeping … Continue reading →

IAR offices closed April 3 for Good Friday

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 4:33pm
The Illinois Association of REALTORS®’ offices in Springfield will be closed Friday, April 3, in observance of Good Friday. IAR offices will reopen at 8:30 a.m., Monday, April 6.

IAR participates in the 2015 Illinois Governor’s Conference on Affordable Housing

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 4:30pm
This week, IAR Housing Opportunity Working Group Chair Dana Hybl and IAR Housing Policy Advisor Sharon Gorrell represented Illinois REALTORS® at the annual Illinois Governor’s Conference on Affordable Housing, hosted by the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) and the Illinois … Continue reading →

CAR-WCIAR merger gets national kudos

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 4:30pm
National Association of REALTORS® President Chris Polychron praised the leaders of the Capital Area REALTORS® (CAR) and the West Central Illinois Association of REALTORS® (WCIAR) for the way they worked together during the merger of the two organizations. Effective April … Continue reading →

Cook County ‘Bed & Breakfasts’ reclassified for 2015 assessments

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 4:11pm
The IAR Government Affairs team is working with the Cook County Assessor’s Office to find out what a policy change means for the property tax assessment classification for current and future “Bed & Breakfast” owners. Although previously considered commercial properties … Continue reading →

Keynote presenter sneak peek

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 11:48am
Sharing! Here’s a sneak peek and some background information about two of our keynote presenters at the 2015 IAR Spring Conference & Expo, Joe Niego and Ashton Gustafson: “You’ll know exactly what you need to do to have a better … Continue reading →

Opportunity Race: RPAC urges vote for Seniker

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 8:00am
Brighton residents received IAR RPAC postcards urging them to vote for REALTOR® Chris Seniker for village trustee in the April 7 consolidated election. The mailing lets voters know Seniker will provide Brighton with a village trustee who favors: Reducing barriers … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTOR®: Review the basics of staging for senior homes

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 1:00pm
In the April issue of Illinois REALTOR®, discover how you can stage the homes of mature owners using compassion and practicality. And you can do it without breaking the bank! REALTORS® Leslie Ebersole and Craig Schiller of Baird & Warner’s … Continue reading →

Opportunity Race: RPAC postcards advocate for Dalla Riva

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 8:00am
Edwardsville residents received IAR RPAC postcards urging them to vote for REALTOR® Terri Dalla Riva for the Edwardsville School Board in the April 7 consolidated election. The postcard lets voters know Dalla Riva will provide Edwardsville with a school board … Continue reading →

REALTORS® can make their votes count on April 7

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 9:18am
One week from today, you can make sure your voice is heard by voting in the April 7 Illinois consolidated elections. But if that date isn’t convenient for you, you can still participate by using early voting through Saturday (April … Continue reading →

Opportunity Race: RPAC urges vote for Chiles

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 7:28am
Residents of Springfield’s 10th Ward received IAR RPAC postcards urging them to vote for Past IAR President and REALTOR® Phil Chiles for the Springfield City Council in the April 7 consolidated election. The postcards let voters know Chiles will provide … Continue reading →

Messages that Move You

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 3:55pm
As a REALTOR®, you are well aware of barriers to even simple real estate transactions, that include taxes, mandates, fees and restrictions imposed at the state and local level. When policies and pieces of legislation go unchecked, property owners and … Continue reading →

IAR State Capitol Report gives news on 25 different bills

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 12:05pm
Legislation that swept money from the Real Estate License Administration Fund (RELAF) became law, and a bill which would add costs for property sellers who would be required to pay for a video sewer inspection is still before lawmakers, according … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: U.S. pending home sales rise to highest level since June 2013

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 10:47am
Pending home sales saw significant gains in February, particularly in the Midwest and West regions of the country, according to the National Association of REALTORS®’ (NAR) Pending Home Sales Index. In February, the index — which tracks contract signings — … Continue reading →

Opportunity Race: RPAC postcards go to bat for Henry

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 8:00am
Carbondale residents received IAR RPAC postcards urging them to vote Mike Henry for mayor in the April 7 consolidated election. The postcard lets voters know Henry will provide Carbondale with a mayor who favors: Reducing barriers to homeownership; Keeping taxes … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTOR®: 5 ways to help senior homebuyers and sellers

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 7:24am
Give yourself an edge when it comes to helping mature homeowners buy or sell their homes, and read the cover story of April Illinois REALTOR® magazine. It’s titled “5 Senior Homebuyer & Seller Issues Solved,” and it tackles a topic … Continue reading →