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Make sure you register to vote by March 10

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 1:29pm
REALTORS® planning to vote in the Illinois consolidated elections on April 7 must register by Tuesday, March 10. The Illinois State Board of Elections (ISBE) offers online registration. Applicants must provide: Their Illinois driver’s license number or Illinois state ID … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: REALTORS® optimistic about this year’s spring market

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 12:17pm
U.S. REALTORS® are feeling more confident about the upcoming spring real estate market, according to the latest REALTORS® Confidence Index from the National Association of REALTORS®. Lower inventory continues to be an issue in many markets, but many REALTORS® are … Continue reading →

Get your ticket now for March 12 Springfield mayoral debate

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 3:45pm
  Springfield’s mayoral candidates will face off in a March 12 debate at the association’s headquarters. The debate, which will be 6-7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 12, will be between candidates Jim Langfelder and Paul Palazzolo. Both advanced to the April 7 election after becoming the … Continue reading →

Illinois Housing Development Authority wants REALTORS®’ opinions

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 12:00pm
Illinois REALTORS® can make their feedback count by participating in an online survey regarding the functionality of the Illinois Housing Development Authority’s (IHDA) website. Take the survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JCFTZ9D The IHDA is interested in how its customers and partners use … Continue reading →

Still time to register for the BMCE webinar this week

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 10:45am
Get your 12-hour Broker Management CE completed this week by registering for the two-day Broker Management Continuing Education webinar offered tomorrow and Thursday (March 4 and 5) for $139. Register before 11:59 p.m. tonight and plan to get your Broker Management … Continue reading →

Register for Capitol Conference & Lobby Day today!

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 1:40pm
For $40, Illinois real estate professionals can secure a place for themselves at the Illinois Association of REALTORS®’ 39th annual Capitol Conference and Lobby Day on April 14 in Springfield. Registration gets you in to the Legislative Briefing and Lunch … Continue reading →

In Statehouse Report: 6,000 bills filed and counting

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 4:34pm
IAR’s governmental affairs team is sorting through the more than 6,000 bills that have been filed in the General Assembly. As of just before noon Friday, there were 2,027 Senate Bills and 3,986 House bills filed. Of course, IAR’s lobbyists go … Continue reading →

5 practical lessons learned through IAR’s Legal Webinar

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 4:30pm
Advice regarding surveillance videos, commercial drones, state real estate licenses, medical marijuana and tenant foreclosure rights were among the topics addressed during the Feb. 19 Illinois Association of REALTORS® Legal Webinar. Although IAR Members were able to get answers to … Continue reading →

Thursday’s ‘Housing Older Adults’ Webinar available online

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 3:23pm
View a recording of the National Housing Conference’s Webinar “Housing Older Adults” at your own convenience. The webinar, sponsored by the National Association of REALTORS®, discusses concepts like safety and quality of neighborhoods for older adults, as well as the … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: U.S. pending home sales hit 18-month high

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 11:06am
Home buyer demand improved in January with the number of pending home sales (based on contract signings) climbing to a level not seen since August 2013, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) announced today. NAR’s Pending Home Sales Index rose … Continue reading →

Four Things Every REALTOR® Needs to Know About Tax Preparations

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 10:15am
Excellent record keeping and the selection of competent tax professionals who understand the business are essential for Illinois REALTORS®. Investors need tax professionals familiar with the type of investments they use: stocks, mutual funds, real estate, etc. If you haven’t … Continue reading →

Chicago NAHREP holds leadership installation, reception

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 10:12am
The Chicago Chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals held their annual leadership Installation and Reception last night at the Marriott Hotel Midway. As the organization grows, Chicago members are also involved in leadership within the national … Continue reading →

IDFPR provides process to transfer to broker license from managing broker license

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 2:30pm
The Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation just released a new form that will allow managing brokers to revert to broker status. The form came in response to efforts by the Illinois Association of REALTORS® to gain clarity on … Continue reading →

Supporters gather to support Chiles’ aldermanic bid

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 1:17pm
State Senator Sam McCann, Sangamon County Sheriff Wes Barr and Springfield Ward 6 Alderman Cory Jobe were just a few of those who attended a fundraiser for IAR Past President Phil Chiles Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015 at IAR’s headquarters in … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Mortgage interest rates edge higher after stronger housing data

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 12:12pm
Following reports of improved home prices and stronger new home sales data, mortgage rates moved higher for the third consecutive week, Freddie Mac reports today. The 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.80 percent this week while the 15-year averaged 3.07 percent. … Continue reading →

Legendary REALTOR® to share 5 secrets at Spring Conference

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 10:53am
Successful Broker, Trainer and Illinois REALTOR® Joe Niego of Chicago will kick off the Opening Session of the 2015 IAR Spring Conference & Expo, May 6 at the Gateway Center in Collinsville. Niego, who’s served more than 2,500 Chicago-area families … Continue reading →

Molinsky part of post-lunch webinar offered today: ‘Housing and Older Adults’

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 1:42pm
REALTORS® can gain insights into the housing challenges facing seniors and ask questions as the National Housing Conference (NHC) and the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) present a free webinar titled “Housing Older Adults” from 1 to 2 p.m. today. … Continue reading →

Inland’s Goodwin: 1031 Exchanges ‘fuel entire economy,’ should be preserved in tax code

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 11:46am
An article in Thehill.com this morning outlines the argument for retaining a portion of the tax code seen as a necessary catalyst for economic growth. Daniel L.  Goodwin, principal and chairman of Inland Real Estate Group Inc., lays out the … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Selling your home this winter? Quick tips to improve its curb appeal

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 11:23am
Make your home stand out to prospective homebuyers amidst the season’s snow and ice with winter landscaping ideas from HouseLogic. A colorful front door or leaving holiday lights up to add a little sparkle to shrubbery or exteriors can draw … Continue reading →

Tuesday’s primaries: REALTORS® vote and make their voices heard

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 9:42am
You can make your voice heard this week by participating in the Illinois consolidated primary elections today (Feb. 24) for municipalities, park districts, townships, school districts, fire protection districts and other governing bodies. Candidates who advance from the primaries will … Continue reading →