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Three things real estate agents should know before arming themselves

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 2:26pm
The horrible news out of Arkansas where REALTOR® Beverly Carter was killed during a showing has prompted a lot of discussion in the industry about carrying a weapon for protection. After all, REALTORS® often meet people they don’t know, and … Continue reading →

Enter RPAC raffle before Oct. 10 deadline

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 1:31pm
IAR members can meet their financial commitments to the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) by making contributions to the RPAC Cash Raffle this week.  The deadline is 11:59 p.m. Friday (Oct. 10). Or, if you have already given, here’s a … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Consumers feeling more positive about the housing market

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 8:58am
Sixty-eight percent of Americans say now is a good time to buy a home, a four-percentage-point jump compared to August, according to Fannie Mae’s September National Housing Survey. Consumers are also feeling more optimistic about the economy in general, the … Continue reading →

Support these REALTORS® on Election Day, Nov. 4

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 1:24pm
If you live in the 62nd District for the Illinois House of Representatives, northwest of Chicago in Lake County, REALTOR® Rep. Sam Yingling (D) of Grayslake is running for re-election.  The Illinois REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) – with input … Continue reading →

Reminder: Protect your data with Cyber Security webinar at 10 a.m. Oct. 7

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 12:20pm
Take steps to prevent someone from obtaining your personal data and that of your clients.  Tune into a free webinar tomorrow with Kristina V. Dorville, Department of Homeland Security National Cyber Security Division. IAR is providing the webinar from 10 … Continue reading →

Five reasons to register Oct. 7 to vote in November

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 11:19am
Probably the most important reason to register to vote is to make sure your voice as a REALTOR® can be heard during the Nov. 4 general election.  Register by Tuesday (Oct. 7) so you can vote next month. If you’re … Continue reading →

NAR: Confidence in the industry climbs for real estate firms

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 10:29am
The majority — 66 percent — of residential U.S. real estate firms are optimistic about the industry and expect to see improved profitability in the next year, according to the 2014 National Association of REALTORS® Profile of Real Estate Firms. … Continue reading →

Milestones: Urbance marks 20 years on IAR’s Legal Hotline

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 1:14pm
Do you remember what you were doing on this date 20 years ago? I remember it well.  It was the first day at my new job.  I was relatively young, kind of newly married with no children, a transplant from … Continue reading →

How many agent safety commandments do you follow?

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 12:14pm
The death of Arkansas REALTOR® Beverly Carter has prompted a lot of discussion about how to keep safe while handling interactions with clients. NAR today has a list today of the 10 Commandments for Agent Safety. Dress for safety, take … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: U.S. jobless rate falls to six-year low

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 8:32am
The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to 5.9 percent in September as more companies added to their payrolls, bringing the country’s jobless rate to the lowest level since July 2008, Bloomberg reported this morning. In other headlines: Are HELOCs the next … Continue reading →

Ten ideas that will improve any listing presentation

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 7:00am
In the cover story of the October Illinois REALTOR® magazine, one trainer advocates the LIST method to gain the trust of sellers during listing presentations. “L” stands for “Lead in” to give an overview of your presentation. “I” stands for … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® talk about creating safety awareness after Arkansas agent’s death

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 9:09am
WICS-Channel 20 in Springfield interviewed two local REALTORS® about the need to remain vigilant when meeting clients. The story was in response to the death of Arkansas REALTOR® Beverly Carter, whose body was found buried in a shallow grave after … Continue reading →

Protect yourself from cyber criminals by attending this free webinar

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 3:01pm
October is full of scary things: Halloween. TV Talk Show Host Day. But one thing that’s truly frightening is making a mistake that sends your personal data into the hands of someone who will use it for ill. IAR is … Continue reading →

Remember late Arkansas real estate agent as you take precautions of your own

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 11:46am
NAR President-Elect Chris Polychron is urging REALTORS® to look out for each other and take steps to protect themselves from harm following the death of Arkansas real estate agent Beverly Carter. “I urge all REALTORS® to honor Beverly Carter by … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: REALTORS® expect home prices to see modest increases over next year

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 8:46am
REALTORS® anticipate that median home prices will continue to rise over the next 12 months, according to the August REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey. Modest gains are expected across the U.S. and in Illinois, REALTORS® anticipate a 3 percent to 5 … Continue reading →

Get a preview of the October issue of Illinois REALTOR®

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 10:31am
The paper version of October Illinois REALTOR® will arrive in your mailbox very soon, but you don’t have to wait.  Get an early look at the publication in this digital extra. See photos from the IAR Fall Conference & Expo, … Continue reading →

What Illinois REALTORS® need to know about getting a Florida real estate license

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 9:47am
If you are a licensed broker or managing broker in Illinois, and have considered moving to Florida or maybe one day taking advantage of their warm winter months – you now have the opportunity to obtain a similar license in … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Peoria market makes list of best fall housing markets for millennial buyers

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 8:57am
The Peoria-Pekin housing market is a hot place for millennials to buy a home this fall, according to a new list of the top 10 millennial markets identified by Realtor.com. Markets making the cut are experiencing affordable prices and improved … Continue reading →

Move, Inc. to be bought by News Corporation for $950 million

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 8:31am
Move Inc., the parent of REALTOR.com, will be bought by News Corporation for $950 million in cash, it was announced this morning. The sale caps months of widespread changes in the industry. Zillow bought Trulia two months ago, creating a … Continue reading →

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

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 9:22am
In case you missed it, here are three of the top IARbuzz blog posts from the past week: IAR debuts housing data reports in Spanish – The Illinois Association of REALTORS® is now offering Spanish-language housing data for its members … Continue reading →