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Illinois REALTOR® story offers 6 mortgage ideas to consider

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 8:00am
Check the July issue of Illinois REALTOR® to find six ways to help buyers get mortgage financing this summer. The story, “Show them the money: Mortgage options that could help your buyers get into homes,” could provide you with timely … Continue reading →

REALTORS® can listen to IAR’s TRID legal webinar

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 5:18pm
IAR members who log in and listen to the audio recording of today’s Legal Webinar “Are you ready for TRID?” will be better prepared to answer questions from clients in the coming weeks. Members can also view the PowerPoint presentation … Continue reading →

IAR, local associations ready to help latest Illinois tornado victims

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 4:08pm
While local REALTOR® associations work with community leaders to find the best ways to help this week’s tornado victims in communities like Coal City, Sublette and Mendota, IAR members and non-members can also contribute to the Illinois REALTORS® Relief Foundation … Continue reading →

Secrets of ‘No Error Transactions’

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 11:33am
IAR Legal Transactions Attorney Jeffrey T. Baker answered questions and coached REALTORS® on having “No Error Transactions” during his presentation at MREDPalooza on June 23, 2015 in Rosemont, Illinois. Here are some of the top take-aways and best practices from that … Continue reading →

IAR offers members Legal Webinar Thursday morning about TRID

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 10:27am
REALTORS® – Get your questions answered about changes to the Truth In Lending Act (TILA) and Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) Integrated Disclosures during the IAR Legal Webinar at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow. IAR Transaction Helpline Attorney Jeff Baker and … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: First-time buyers returning to summer housing market

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 10:25am
The number of first-time homebuyers picked up in May and helped drive U.S. home sales higher for the month, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) reports. In fact, first-time buyers rose to 32 percent in May, marking the highest market … Continue reading →

Scenes from MREDpalooza #MP2015

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 2:15pm
It’s MREDpalooza at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont today and the Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR) — one of the sponsors of the event — is there. IAR Transaction Helpline Attorney Jeffrey T. Baker is presenting the session, “No … Continue reading →

Could USDA Rural Development programs be right for your clients?

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 10:25am
On Monday, the Illinois Association of REALTORS® hosted an educational webinar by USDA Rural Development representatives that outlined details regarding the Single Family Guaranteed Loan Program and the Single Family Direct Home Loans Program. If you have clients who are … Continue reading →

Cover story: Get ready for TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 8:30am
Be prepared for the changes coming to real estate transactions in Illinois and read the cover story of the July Illinois REALTOR®. The online version of the story “TILA-RESPA Integrated Discosure: Are you ready?” will help you better understand the … Continue reading →

Illinois home sales, prices climb higher in May #IARMarketStats

Mon, 06/22/2015 - 9:13am
The month of May brought strong home sales gains and higher median prices to the Illinois housing market, according to the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. Statewide home sales totaled 14,980, a year-over-year increase of 5.6 percent while the statewide median … Continue reading →

Still time for FREE registration at MREDpalooza

Mon, 06/22/2015 - 8:00am
Register now to get ideas, training and products that will help you serve your customers better. Block off your schedule to attend MREDpalooza Tuesday at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. Registration is free, and IAR is one … Continue reading →

Do you love the digital version of Illinois REALTOR®?

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 2:30pm
Dive into the digital version of the July Illinois REALTOR® and check out this issue’s feature stories, columns and photos from the convenience of your tablet, laptop or desktop computer. You’ll see stories about: TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure; Hints for helping … Continue reading →

Free webinar Monday: Learn about USDA’s rural loan programs

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 12:03pm
Join representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development program 10 a.m. Monday, June 22, 2015, to learn about opportunities for REALTORS® to help clients through the agency’s housing programs. You can register for the Free webinar here. This … Continue reading →

Village votes to allow first Sunday open houses in 40 years

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 8:16am
On July 5, REALTORS® and their customers in South Holland will make history when they conduct Sunday open houses in the village for the first time in more than 40 years, according to IAR Local Government Affairs Director Tom Joseph. … Continue reading →

CFPB proposes moving TRID deadline to Oct. 1

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 3:27pm
TILA-RESPA changes that may affect REALTORS® and customers buying homes may not occur until Oct. 1, according to an announcement by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Wednesday. CFPB Director Richard Cordray proposed the deadline for the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure … Continue reading →

Congratulations 2015 REALTORS® of the Year!

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 11:37am
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® honored the Illinois REALTOR® of the Year Loretta Alonzo and this year’s 26 local REALTORS® of the Year at a ceremony Tuesday night at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield. See photo highlights of … Continue reading →

See who was at IAR’s June Business Meetings

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 4:15pm
See what your REALTOR® colleagues and friends were doing early Tuesday in this photo gallery from several sessions at the IAR June Business Meetings at the Hilton Springfield. Among the meetings covered in this gallery are: the Account Executives Meeting, … Continue reading →

DCEO touts work selling Illinois as place to live, invest

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 3:10pm
Illinois has much to offer the world. The challenge for the state is to make sure that the world knows more about Illinois, said Erik Brejla, head of strategic partnerships, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Brejla spoke to … Continue reading →

Photo Highlights from June YPN Networking Reception

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 9:38am
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® Young Professionals Network hosted a networking reception at Obed and Isaac’s in Springfield Monday evening.

RPAC Hall of Famers honored at special reception

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 8:27am
Illinois REALTORS® recently inducted into the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) Hall of Fame were honored at a special reception at IAR Headquarters Monday evening. IAR leaders recognized the achievements of Hugh Rider, Michael D. Oldenettel, Doug Hartmann Sr., Joe … Continue reading →