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Illinois REALTOR® Magazine now offering referral ads

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 4:37pm
Take advantage of Illinois REALTOR® Magazine’s newest advertising option, REALTOR® referral ads. You can still reserve your space for the January 2015 issue but time is running out. The ad closing deadline is Nov. 17  and artwork is due Nov. … Continue reading →

Call for Action: Extend mortgage debt forgiveness tax relief

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 4:27pm
For those who find themselves owing more than then can get for their homes, the Mortgage Forgiveness Tax Relief Act is a big deal. After all, if a homeowner takes part in a short sale or workout deal on a home … Continue reading →

IAR members attend NAR board meeting in New Orleans

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 8:34pm
The National Association of REALTORS® Board of Directors met on Monday, Nov. 10, 2014. Board members included REALTORS® from IAR. Topping the list of items considered was the creation of a Code of Excellence for REALTORS®. The Code will be … Continue reading →

IAR salutes those who have served this Veterans Day

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 6:43pm
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® and the IAR Legal Hotline and Transaction Helpline will be closed Tuesday, Nov. 11 in observance of Veterans Day.

Can you guess how these case studies end?

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 1:44pm
Managing brokers can gain insight into real estate scenarios – involving guns, suicide, vicious dog attacks and money – when they read the legal case studies in the November issue of DR Legal News. The six case studies covered by … Continue reading →

In Case You Missed It: Top IARbuzz blog posts from last week

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 6:30am
In case you missed it, here are four of the top IARbuzz blog posts from the past week: Illinois wins prestigious Triple Crown at NAR convention - The Illinois Association of REALTORS® was recognized with the Triple Crown award for both … Continue reading →

Two from Illinois honored for work in commercial real estate

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 8:08am
The National Association of REALTORS® tapped two Illinois real estate professionals as among those honored nationally. Those receiving the awards for excellence in the commercial real estate industry in the past year were: Dan Wagner, Vice President of Government Relations, … Continue reading →

Illinois wins prestigious Triple Crown at NAR convention

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 6:48pm
Illinois REALTORS® were recognized for contributions to RPAC on Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, at the REALTOR® Convention & Expo in New Orleans. The Illinois Association of REALTORS® was recognized with the Triple Crown award for both fundraising and overall participation. … Continue reading →

Did you see Rauner Friday?

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 4:27pm
Republican governor-elect Bruce Rauner visited Springfield Friday afternoon as part of a planned “fly around” the state to thank voters for their support. The tour was scheduled to begin Friday morning in Marion, then proceed to O’Fallon, Springfield, Moline, Peoria … Continue reading →

IAR leaders participate in NAR governance meetings in New Orleans

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 3:59pm
As the National Association of REALTORS® Conference & Expo gets into full swing in New Orleans, Illinois REALTOR® leaders are participating in NAR governance meetings looking at the issues facing the industry. Loretta Alonzo, (far right) the 2012 president of … Continue reading →

Homeownership rates a concern in housing economy; but there is good news

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 2:16pm
Consumer confidence in the housing market is surging upward, but surveys of REALTORS® indicate agents aren’t so sure the market is fully back to health, NAR’s chief economist said Friday. “That’s odd because REALTORS® are really optimistic,” said Dr. Lawrence … Continue reading →

Experience New Orleans through eyes, ears and taste buds of our own

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 11:38am
Even if you aren’t able to attend the National Association of REALTORS® Convention in New Orleans the next several days, you can still get a great taste of what’s happening by following the exploits of three IAR members – Alex … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Mortgage rates climb above 4 percent, but still lower than a year ago

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 9:54am
Fixed mortgage rates inched a little higher this week, climbing just over 4 percent, but rates still remain lower than a  year ago. Freddie Mac economists attributed the increase to stronger economic news. The 30-year, fixed rate mortgage averaged 4.02 … Continue reading →

Fracking may soon begin in Illinois as rules approved

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 9:25am
More than one year after a law was passed to regulate hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” in Illinois, the state legislature’s Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) voted Thursday in Chicago to approve rules for permits. See the Chicago Tribune story. … Continue reading →

Gallery: See who was wearing Illinois bling at NAR360

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 4:39pm
Illinois REALTORS® were out in force at the kickoff for the National Association of REALTORS® Convention & Expo in New Orleans. The event provides highlights of NAR programs and initiatives for members attending the conference. Each member of the Illinois … Continue reading →

Illinois median home sales price rose 5.8 percent in 3Q 2014 #IARMarketStats

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 1:13pm
Illinois home prices were higher in the third quarter of 2014 and that trend is expected to continue into the final quarter of this year, according to the latest quarterly forecast from the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory of the University of … Continue reading →

Former IAR President elected to Grundy County Board

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 9:39am
On Tuesday, Mike Onorato was elected to the Grundy County Board with 3,117 votes. The 2010 IAR President was the top vote-getter of six candidates running for three open seats in District Three. Onorato, of Diamond, IL, is the broker-owner … Continue reading →

Infographic: Illinois Housing Market 3Q14 #IARMarketStats

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 8:39am
Here’s a quick snapshot of the Illinois home sales and prices in the third quarter of 2014. Overall, median prices have increased while sales have been slower, but some Illinois counties have seen gains in both. Share this infographic. #IARMarketStats

Illinois REALTORS® pitch in at Habitat build in New Orleans #narannual

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 3:06pm
Illinois REALTORS® are among those helping out at the REALTORS® Volunteer Build this week at the 2014 REALTORS® Conference & Expo in New Orleans. See photos of some of the volunteers who are helping to build single-family homes in an … Continue reading →

Election results feature many pro-REALTOR® candidates and five Home Rule defeats

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 12:02pm
Here’s a recap of the unofficial results of the Illinois General Election, which include statewide constitutional offices, the Illinois General Assembly races, Home Rule issues and “Opportunity Races” supported by IAR RPAC and NAR RPAC. Among the winners are REALTORS® Sam … Continue reading →