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Morning Minute: Attacking zombie foreclosures

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 11:10am
Abandoned “zombie” foreclosures accounted for 8.7 percent of the foreclosures in Cook County between 2008 and 2010 and if that trend grows, it will continue to create a blight on neighborhoods where they are located, according to a Woodstock Institute … Continue reading →

REALTORS® talk real estate with U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 12:43pm
The Let’s Talk Real Estate meeting with U.S. Rep. Robin kelly took place Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 in Glenwood, Ill. The series of meetings allow Illinois REALTORS® to share market information with congressional representatives and learn about what’s happening in … Continue reading →

See who you know at IAR’s Professional Standards Training in Springfield

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 10:32am
REALTORS® from throughout central and southern Illinois are learning about the latest changes to the REALTOR® Code on professional standards. The session is part of the reason the REALTOR® name stands apart when it comes to trust in real estate … Continue reading →

REALTOR® professional standards training underway in Springfield

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 10:20am
Bruce Aydt kicked off training for Illinois REALTORS® Monday morning, Jan. 27, 2014, as part of the Illinois Association of REALTORS®’ professional standards training. Aydt joins several other top real estate trainers in the annual session designed to uphold the … Continue reading →

IAR Town Hall Meeting video now available

Sun, 01/26/2014 - 10:17am
Prior to each board meeting, the Illinois Association of REALTORS® holds a Town Hall meeting for members to hear topics coming before the board and to make comments. The first town hall of 2014 was held Jan. 23, 2014, in … Continue reading →

Chicago makes the list of top moving destinations in 2013

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 1:34pm
The city of Chicago once again made the Penske Truck Rental list of top 10 moving destinations in 2013, coming in at No. 8, a drop from last year’s fifth place. Chicago is the only Midwestern city to make the … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: 2013 Illinois home sales making headlines

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 12:45pm
Illinois saw a stronger housing market in 2013 with home sales up 18.9 percent over 2012 and the statewide median home price climbing 8.3 percent, according to the December and year-end housing report released Thursday by the Illinois Association of … Continue reading →

Video: 2013 Illinois Housing Roundup

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 10:50am
Illinois saw a year of strong price and sales growth in the real estate industry. This short video from the Illinois Association of REALTORS® outlines the highlights of 2013′s housing market.

Housing market to see more modest growth in 2014, economist says

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 1:46am
The state’s economy has dramatically improved over the past few years, and with it the housing market should see continued growth, a University of Illinois economist told the state’s REALTORS® on Wednesday. “Brisk sales, relatively low inventories and significant changes … Continue reading →

‘Tremendous amount of progress’ made, IDFPR chief tells Illinois REALTORS®

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 1:33am
Manuel Flores, acting director of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, told IAR members Wednesday that the state agency is working to address issues brought up by members. “I believe we have made a tremendous amount of progress … Continue reading →

Sieron receives IAR Political Involvement Award

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 3:52pm
Congratulations to Illinois REALTOR® Stan Sieron, of Stan Sieron and Company in Belleville, on receiving this year’s Illinois Association of REALTORS® Political Involvement Award. The award is given for outstanding political and legislative service to the REALTOR® organization. Sieron is … Continue reading →

See IAR’s new consumer guide to property taxes in Illinois

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 3:36pm
Illinois REALTORS® attending the Public Policy Meetings in East Peoria on Wednesday got a look at a new video produced to help Illinois residents gain an understanding of the state’s property tax assessment and tax system. The video was unveiled … Continue reading →

Callan named 2014 Illinois REALTOR® of the Year

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 10:42am
Congratulations to the 2014 Illinois REALTOR® of the Year, Pat Callan, broker-owner of Realty Executives International in Wheaton. Callan, a past president of the Illinois Association of REALTORS®, has a long history of service and dedication to the REALTOR® association. … Continue reading →

Fundraising seminar: Establishing a culture of giving

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 4:10pm
Illinois REALTORS® heard from experts on how to build the power of the REALTOR® Political Action Committee at the annual Public Policy Meetings in Peoria. Leslie Cantu, director of fundraising for the Texas Association of REALTORS® discussed how to build … Continue reading →

Policy meetings kick off in East Peoria

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 3:56pm
It may be 9 degrees outside, but the January Pubic Policy Meetings in East Peoria are on. REALTORS® began meeting this morning as part of the Illinois Association of REALTORS® annual gathering which charts policy decisions for the new year. … Continue reading →

Getting ready for 2014: Are you involved?

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 11:46am
More than 200 of the Illinois Association of REALTORS® most involved members in Governmental Affairs, advocacy and RPAC fundraising gather in East Peoria this week starting today, Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2014. “Resolve to be Involved” is a theme that … Continue reading →

Let’s Talk Real Estate with U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 11:00am
Illinois REALTORS®, don’t miss your chance to meet with U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly, 2nd District, on Monday, Jan. 27, and talk about the legislative and industry issues important to you and your real estate market. The conversation is part of … Continue reading →

REALTOR® campaign encourages consumers to make a move now

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 9:00am
If you’ve been thinking about buying or selling a home, a new national advertising campaign from the National Association of REALTORS® urges you to stop waiting, get off the sidelines and “Make Your Move.”

Housing starts dip in December but end 2013 strong overall

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 11:35am
New home construction dropped 9.8 percent in December compared to a surge of housing starts in November, but still ended 2013 with one of the strongest years since 2007, according to Commerce Department data, USA Today reports. The month-to-month drop … Continue reading →

Chicago area foreclosure activity falls to 2008 levels

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 1:07pm
There’s some good news on the Illinois foreclosure front as foreclosure activity in the Chicago area fell last year to levels not seen in years, the Chicago Tribune reports today in the article, “New foreclosure filings show big decline.” Last … Continue reading →