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West suburban REALTORS® to meet Monday with U.S. Rep. Roskam

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 08/19/2016 - 4:11pm
U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam will host a roundtable discussion about issues in the local real estate market, starting at 10:30 a.m.  Monday (Aug. 22) at his office, 2700 International Drive in West Chicago. The discussion will be held in the … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Test your knowledge of common house styles with this infographic

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 08/19/2016 - 10:28am
You can probably easily identify the architectural details of the traditional ranch home, but how about the Neo-Classical design or Stick-Eastlake? Check out this infographic from PartSelect and Ghergich & Co. (via REALTOR® Magazine’s Daily Real Estate News). You’ll learn … Continue reading →

Drone questions answered for REALTORS® during webinar

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 08/19/2016 - 8:47am
Is a remote pilot airman’s certificate required for the commercial use of drones in Illinois? Illinois REALTORS® who listened to this morning’s member-only Legal Webinar were told that the certificate is required, were given a definition for commercial use and … Continue reading →

Republicans rally during state fair week

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 08/18/2016 - 3:41pm
On the eve of Governor’s Day at the 2016 Illinois State Fair, Republicans gathered at the Illinois REALTORS® headquarters in Springfield for a fundraiser. Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner spoke to members of his party during this informal gathering. It is … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Moving this year? Your expenses could be deductible

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 08/18/2016 - 11:32am
If you are moving this year because of a change in your job or business location, your moving expenses could be deductible, according to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Read the full tax tip, “Moving Expenses Can Be Deductible,” from … Continue reading →

32 ways Illinois REALTORS® make their communities better

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 08/17/2016 - 1:00pm
They come from Dixon, Chicago, Belleville and many places in between. Some mentor teens at the local Boys and Girls Club, while others create attention-grabbing special events. Whether they are new to the business of real estate or experienced, they … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: First-time homebuyers pick up in June

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 08/17/2016 - 10:07am
First-time buyers are back. In June, 33 percent of residential sales were to first-time buyers, an increase over the month before and a year ago, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Read more. In other headlines: 6 Massive Mistakes … Continue reading →

REALTOR® contributes as Brighton village trustee, police commissioner

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 08/16/2016 - 2:30pm
Chris Seniker may have won election as a Brighton village trustee in April 2015, but the residents who voted for him probably knew his name well before the election. That’s because Seniker had already made a name for himself as … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: How can rising prices affect your home equity?

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 08/16/2016 - 10:59am
According to the Home Price Expectation Survey by Pulsenomics, you can expect about 3.5 percent increase in appreciation per year over the next five years. As explained in the KCM Blog, that means a home that sold for $250,000 earlier … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: The Do’s and Don’ts of Using Emojis in Real Estate

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 08/15/2016 - 11:39am
Emojis are everywhere these days and the August issue of REALTOR® Magazine offers some helpful tips for REALTORS® on when and where it can be appropriate to use them for business with the article, “Do you know your emoji etiquette?” … Continue reading →

The beat goes on with Downs in Kankakee County

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 08/15/2016 - 9:55am
No one gives a voice to children, the disabled, military veterans, first responders, the disadvantaged and the sick in Kankakee County quite like Bradley-area REALTOR® Jerry Downs. Downs, who began his real estate career about 12 years ago, enjoys helping … Continue reading →

Thursday Legal Webinar about drones, contracts and more

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 08/15/2016 - 8:00am
Set aside an hour starting at 9:30 a.m. Thursday morning for the next Illinois REALTORS® Legal Webinar, titled “Drones, Contracts and More.” Transaction Helpline Attorney Jeff Baker and Legal Hotline Attorney Betsy Urbance will answer your questions about drone legislation … Continue reading →

What do Illinois senior citizens worry about more than healthcare costs or retirement saving?

IARbuzz.com Blog - Sun, 08/14/2016 - 4:45pm
According to a survey of 600 Illinois senior citizens aged 55 and older, rising property taxes worried them more than saving for retirement or paying for healthcare. At least that’s one finding in a survey commissioned by Illinois REALTORS®. “Often … Continue reading →

Consider CCIM’s Development Specialty Track for commercial real estate development

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 08/12/2016 - 11:25am
Illinois REALTORS® who want a better understanding of the resources and business practices required of successful commercial real estate developers, investors and consultants should consider pursuing the Development Specialty Track through CCIM. To achieve this distinction, students must complete all … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Fannie Mae survey finds more Millennials moving to homeownership

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 08/12/2016 - 10:30am
Millennials, who as a generation have waited later to buy homes, are looking to homeownership as they have gotten older, according to a new Fannie Mae survey, HousingWire reports in the article, “Fannie Mae: Millennials finally starting to buy homes.” Fannie … Continue reading →

Rep. Roskam invites area REALTORS® to Aug. 22 meeting in West Chicago

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 08/11/2016 - 3:53pm
U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam will host a roundtable discussion about issues in the local real estate market, starting at 10:30 a.m.  Aug. 22 in his office at 2700 International Drive in West Chicago. The discussion will be held in the … Continue reading →

Real Property Alliance, Chicago REALTORS® launch education initiative on Chicago property taxes

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 08/11/2016 - 12:45pm
If you own property in Chicago, then you already know property tax bills increased substantially this year. Real Property Alliance, Illinois REALTORS® consumer outreach arm, is working to help those impacted by these higher tax bills. RPA is partnering with the … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: The impact of highly-ranked school districts on home prices

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 08/11/2016 - 11:59am
Living in a sought-after school district brings benefits when it comes time to sell your home, according to realtor.com’s article, “It Pays to Own in an A-Plus School District—Here’s How Much.” Not only are buyers willing to pay more, but … Continue reading →

Property taxes, cost of living top senior concerns in Illinois

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 08/11/2016 - 10:00am
Senior citizens like living in Illinois, but many say they are worried about property taxes and housing affordability, a survey commissioned by Illinois REALTORS® shows. The poll of 600 seniors aged 55 and older showed that two-thirds (66 percent) were … Continue reading →

Apply today for Vote by Mail Ballot for Nov. 8 general election

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 08/10/2016 - 1:42pm
Today is the first day any registered Illinois voter living in the United States can apply for a Vote by Mail Ballot for the Nov. 8 general election, according to the Illinois State Board of Elections (ISBE). Requests can be … Continue reading →