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REALTORS® join Quinn in promoting Welcome Home Illinois

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 11:04am
Illinois REALTORS® were on hand for the official roll-out of a new homebuyer loan program backed by Gov. Pat Quinn. Called Welcome Home Illinois, the program aims to help first-time buyers buy a place of their own. The program comes … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Illinois REALTORS® make progress on Murphysboro Habitat build

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 10:33am
Murphysboro’s strong Habitat for Humanity organization is one of the reasons the southern Illinois community was chosen to be the site of one of three IAR Habitat builds in Illinois this year, IAR President Phil Chiles told the local newspaper, … Continue reading →

Get Involved! Serve on the IAR Board of Directors

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 8:30am
Interested in serving a three-year term on the IAR Board of Directors? Click here to download an application form, criteria, campaign guidelines and more. All applicants will be interviewed by the Nominating Committee.

Updated IAR chart tracks General Assembly bills of interest to REALTORS®

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:28pm
Lawmakers are out for the next two weeks. But this past week was busy as they worked to meet bill filing deadlines. IAR’s Julie Sullivan has updated her tracking chart which chronicles what bills are dead and alive, and what … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Getting Boomerang buyers back in homes of their own again

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 10:49am
Boomerang homeowners who lost their homes to foreclosure or short sale during the recession, may not have to wait as long to qualify to buy a home again, under the Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) Back to Work Program. Instead of … Continue reading →

Countdown to Broker Renewal Deadline: What are the fees for renewal?

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 8:10am
By April 30, 2014, Illinois Broker licensees must have completed the continuing education (CE) requirements and applied to renew their license through the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR). Here are a few frequently asked questions about renewal … Continue reading →

Running out of property management CE options and want something new?

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 8:00am
Only need three more hours of CE? Take advantage of a new three-hour online program, COR 1610 Property Management, featuring IAR’s Legal Hotline Attorney Betsy Urbance and Steve Bochenek, a partner with Sorling Northrup Attorneys. Experience the ease and convenience of … Continue reading →

See the work in progress at the IAR Murphysboro Habitat build

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 3:45pm
  Illinois REALTORS® wrapped up the first portion of the Habitat for Humanity home build in Murphysboro, Ill., on Thursday, April 10, 2014. See the highlights and meet the volunteers in this video.

Morning Minute: Chicago most affordable metro housing market for 2014

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 10:21am
The Chicago metro area ranks No. 1 when it comes to affordable housing markets for 2014, according to a list from ZipRealty, NAR reports. ZipRealty, a real estate brokerage firm, looked at 30 major U.S. metro areas and compared median … Continue reading →

Countdown to Broker Renewal Deadline: Your Questions Answered

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 8:00am
By April 30, 2014, Illinois Broker licensees must have completed the continuing education (CE) requirements and applied to renew their license through the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR). Here are a few frequently asked questions as we … Continue reading →

Sign petition showing support for responsible fire sprinkler policy

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 5:17pm
Illinois REALTORS®, sign this petition supporting House Bill 4609 for responsible fire sprinkler policy and ask your clients to sign too! The Lakefront Coalition for Responsible Fire Sprinkler Policy petition sends a show of public support for state Representative Sara Feigenholtz’s … Continue reading →

Work ahead of schedule on Habitat home in Murphysboro

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 2:06pm
MURPHYSBORO, Ill. — Illinois REALTORS® enjoyed a day of sun and temperatures in the high 60s as they put finishing touches on the first stage of a house being built on Clarke Street here. A full complement of volunteers showed … Continue reading →

REALTORS® from throughout Illinois help build home for Habitat for Humanity

IAR News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:26am
Date:  April 9, 2014 Intro: 

Members of the Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR) are building a house for Habitat for Humanity this month in Murphysboro. 

FOR RELEASE: April 9, 2014

NOTE TO MEDIA:  Volunteers will be on site Wednesday and Thursday, April 9-10
                          Contact: Jon Broadbooks, 217-836-1958

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Effort to reform Condo Law gets backing from Illinois Senate

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 5:25pm
SB2664, which aims to reform provisions in the state’s Condominium Property Act that could result in surprise costs at the closing table, passed the Senate by a 55-1 vote on Tuesday, April 8, 2014. The measure now moves to the … Continue reading →

Illinois Broker License Renewal Deadline is 22 Days Away

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 4:30pm
The clock is ticking. Don’t wait until too late to meet your requirements for the 2014 Broker License Renewal. Find information and resources at www.illinoisrealtor.org/2014brokerrenewal.

The roof is on, the walls are up on IAR’s Habitat home

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 3:53pm
  The house in Murphysboro being built by Illinois REALTORS® is taking shape. Now on day five of the build, the house has walls, a roof and the windows are going in. REALTORS® plan to work through the week to … Continue reading →

Register for IAR Spring Conference by April 9 and save $30!

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 11:49am
Illinois REALTORS® who register for the IAR Spring Conference & Expo by the early-bird deadline of Wednesday, April 9, pay only $99, a savings of $30! This year’s event is designed to help you stay successful in your business. Gain … Continue reading →

April is Fair Housing Month

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 11:12am
April 2014 marks the 46th anniversary of the 1968 landmark Fair Housing Act. REALTORS® are committed to upholding fair housing law and offering equal professional services to all in their search for real property. Find fair housing resources and REALTORS®, … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Chicago makes list of top luxury markets

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 9:50am
Chicago ranked among the top 10 U.S. cities with the highest number of luxury home sales (properties selling for $1 million or more) in a report by Coldwell Banker, REALTOR® Magazine reports. Read more. In other headlines: Freddie Mac index … Continue reading →

REALTOR®/Habitat for Humanity project in Murphysboro taking shape

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 9:12am
Illinois REALTORS® began the process of building a house for Habitat for Humanity on Murphysboro over the weekend, a process that will extend through April. The build, located at 1914 Clarke St., Murphysboro, Ill., enjoyed a few days of spring-like weather … Continue reading →