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Morning Minute: Spring brings strong gains for the U.S. economy

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 9:57am
The U.S. economy bounced back in the second quarter of 2014, growing by a 4 percent annual rate that exceeded the expectations of economists, Reuters reported today on the latest Commerce Department data. The gains were driven by stronger consumer and … Continue reading →

Buy tickets now for the Inaugural Gala at the IAR Fall Conference

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 11:43am
Join in the fun and honor incoming Illinois Association of REALTORS® president Jim Kinney at the 98th Annual Inaugural Gala on Saturday, Sept. 6 in the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Ballroom.  The gala is the final event of the 2014 … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Consumer confidence climbs in July

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 9:38am
The Consumer Confidence Index rose to its highest level in nearly seven years, reports Bloomberg Businessweek today. The index climbed to 90.9 in July, a welcome increase over 86.4 in June. In other headlines: Julián Castro sworn in, spends first … Continue reading →

Leasing Agents have three days left for license renewals

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 5:26pm
July 31 is the deadline for renewing leasing agent licenses in the State of Illinois. Leasing agents need to complete six hours of continuing education (CE), too.  Renewal period for the 2014 renewal is Aug. 1, 2012 through July 31, … Continue reading →

Gustafson ideas arrive in time for you

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 11:08am
Can you call your day a success by 11 a.m.? If not, then Ashton Gustafson just might be able to help you! Come see his presentation “Time Management: Systems, Tools & Disciplines” from 2 to 3:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5 … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: U.S. pending home sales slow in June, but rise in Midwest

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 10:01am
The number of pending home sales slowed slightly from May to June, but in a few regions of the country — the Midwest and West — pending sales inched up compared to last month, according to the latest Pending Home … Continue reading →

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

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 9:14am
In case you missed it, here are four of the top IARbuzz blog posts from last week. Morning Minute: Illinois and U.S. housing markets pick up in June - The housing market continued to make positive gains in June as home … Continue reading →

Seize all the Sept. 4 opportunities for only $99

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 5:26pm
  Register now for the IAR Multicultural Summit on Thursday, Sept. 4 and the corresponding half-day session for the IAR Fall Conference & Expo. For a total of $99, you’ll be able to attend both sessions at McCormick Place in … Continue reading →

Register for Let’s Talk Real Estate event with Congressman Schock

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 3:10pm
Don’t miss the opportunity to meet U.S. Representative Aaron Schock and find out his thoughts on real estate and housing issues. Sign up today for the Let’s Talk Real Estate event, scheduled for the morning of Thursday, Aug. 14 at … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Selling your home this summer? 10 tax tips you need to know

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 9:59am
With lower available inventory and rising home prices, this summer could be a great time to decide to list your house for sale. If you are ready to sell, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has pulled together 10 quick tax … Continue reading →

Sign up for Fall Conference to see the amazing Elizabeth Dozier

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 10:17am
Chicago Fenger Academy High School Principal Elizabeth Dozier has been added to the roster of featured speakers for the 2014 Fall Conference & Expo. Join her on Sat., Sept. 6, as she talks about her family and what inspired her … Continue reading →

Good news if you are buying a home: mortgage rates remain low

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 9:49am
Fixed mortgage rates were stable this week and remained near the lows for the year, according to the latest data from Freddie Mac. The 30-year, fixed rate averaged 4.13 percent and the 15-year, fixed averaged 3.26 percent this week. Read … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Illinois and U.S. housing markets pick up in June

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 9:54am
The housing market continued to make positive gains in June as home sales and median prices rose in many regions. Available inventory, which has been lower this year, is beginning to increase, giving this summer’s buyers more options as they … Continue reading →

Study reveals the hidden cost of foreclosures in Chicago neighborhoods

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 4:50pm
What is the real cost of having a foreclosure in your neighborhood? A new study looked at the Chicago area and found that having one or two foreclosed properties within a tenth of a mile of a home can reduce … Continue reading →

Illinois home sales and prices increase in June #IARMarketStats

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 10:26am
Illinois home sales reversed course in June with statewide home sales experiencing a slight year-over-year gain for the first time this year. Home prices continued to climb and marked the 22nd consecutive month of annual increases, according to the June … Continue reading →

You could win big in the Game On Giveaway!

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 10:00am
How would you like to attend the 2014 IAR Fall Conference & Expo without having to pay for your two-night stay at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place or the conference registration fee?  If you enter the Game On Giveaway, and … Continue reading →

Bernardoni named to affordable housing task force in Chicago

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 9:49am
A representative of the the Illinois Association of REALTORS® has been named to a task force which aims to increase affordable housing opportunity. Brian Bernardoni, an IAR government affairs director working with the Chicago Association of REALTORS®, was appointed to … Continue reading →

Five Chicago restaurants you can’t miss

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 8:36am
After a day at the IAR Fall Conference & Expo, you’ll probably be as hungry as a Biggest Loser contestant after a week on a new diet-and-exercise program. Here’s one person’s short list of unique restaurants within a stone’s throw … Continue reading →

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

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 7:30am
In case you missed it, here are three of the top IARbuzz blog posts from last week. Illinois REALTORS® pitch in to build Habitat for Humanity home in Aurora #PowerofR - One week in and the third Illinois Association of REALTORS® … Continue reading →