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Longevity of Earth Day shows public interest in ‘green’

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 11:57am
Illinois REALTORS® know what’s good for the environment is good for business, so recognizing the 45th anniversary of Earth Day can help you connect with potential customers. Not only are consumers interested in recycling, preserving resources and reducing their “carbon … Continue reading →

5 file petitions to succeed Schock; July 7 primary

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 9:30am
A special primary election to fill the remaining term of Rep. Aaron Schock (R-18 District) who resigned at the end of March, has been slated for July 7. Monday was the filing deadline for candidates seeking the Republican and Democratic … Continue reading →

Thousands of REALTORS® tell lawmakers to stop bad bills

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 12:43pm
More than 6,000 responses have been sent to Illinois lawmakers as part of Calls for Action issued by the Illinois Association of REALTORS® during the 99th Illinois General Assembly. Last month IAR asked members to urge legislators to vote against … Continue reading →

Use ‘Fair Housing Focus’ flier from NAR

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 12:05pm
Show your support for diversity in neighborhoods, community leadership and public policies by using the NAR Fair Housing Focus flier. You can download the flier, or share it through Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and other social media, or you can print … Continue reading →

Renew your Managing Broker license in 5 steps

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 10:38am
Renewing your Managing Broker license with IDFPR is not difficult, but it does require some planning.  Do NOT wait until the last day to try to submit your renewal, as high volumes of traffic to the website may delay or … Continue reading →

Merrinette celebrates Broadview ‘unofficial’ election results and IAR support

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 5:30pm
Thanks to RPAC advocacy, IAR Government Affairs Director Jeff Merrinette says he is enjoying the ‘unofficial’ victories in the 2015 consolidated elections in Broadview, including four village trustees and a home rule referendum. Unofficial results released by the Cook County … Continue reading →

IAR’s Kinney plays role in AREAA Global + Luxury Summit

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 4:36pm
IAR President Jim Kinney attended the 2015 Asian Real Estate Association of America’s Global & Luxury Summit and shared his own expertise through in a panel discussion. The AREAA event began Sunday and continues through tomorrow at Trump International Towers … Continue reading →

Managing Brokers: IAR can help you renew your license as deadline looms

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 2:27pm
If you’re a Managing Broker and need to renew your license by April 30, visit the IAR 2015 Managing Broker License Renewal page for links to all the information you need. In fact, the page offers answers to 15 frequently asked … Continue reading →

Call for Action issued on property lien bill; learn how to stop this bad legislation

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 12:33pm
IAR has issued its second Call for Action for the 99th General Assembly, this time to stop a bill (SB1380) that would allow municipalities to attach a lien for nuisance code violations on non-offending properties. (Link to take action is … Continue reading →

IAR State Capitol Report urges your response to two Calls for Action

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 9:00am
With only five days left for legislators to consider bills in the Illinois Senate and House, last Friday’s IAR State Capitol Report asks REALTORS® to make their voices heard before votes are taken on several issues. This morning, a Call for … Continue reading →

Dan Bock, longtime Lincoln REALTOR®, dies at age 72

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 5:01pm
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® offers its deepest sympathy to the family of Dan Bock, a veteran REALTOR® who served on numerous IAR committees since 1994. He owned Bock & Associates Realty in Lincoln. He was a managing broker, an … Continue reading →

IAR members can download today’s legal webinar

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 4:18pm
Keep yourself informed about a variety of legal issues – including a recent law affecting sellers of residential properties in unincorporated Cook County – by listening to today’s IAR Legal Webinar, titled “You Need to Know: Fair Housing and Rentals/Property … Continue reading →

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