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Morning Minute: Freddie Mac weighs in on why housing inventory is low

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 10:42am
As buyers head into the spring home buying season, they are finding that available inventories remain historically low. In its April market outlook, Freddie Mac offers two ideas on why more sellers might not be listing their homes right now. … Continue reading →

Online and offline, all rules apply!

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 8:39am
Social media has changed the way REALTORS® do business, and Marki Lemons Ryhal understands those changes. As a real estate educator who specializes in social media strategies, she has taught over 100,000 students and has earned more than 50 certifications, … Continue reading →

REALTOR® leaders contemplate member needs during next three years

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 04/18/2017 - 2:12pm
The Illinois REALTORS® Strategic Thinkers Working Group gathered in Springfield for a two-day session beginning Tuesday morning, with the objective of developing a three-year plan. President Doug Carpenter welcomed working group members to the meeting along with a number of … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Taxes done? Turn your attention to steps you can take to save money next year

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 04/18/2017 - 10:52am
If you’ve already filed your taxes and don’t have to worry about today’s deadline, congratulations and give yourself a pat on the back. OK, now start thinking about what you can do to save money for next year. The Realtor.com … Continue reading →

Your taxes are due today, April 18

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 04/18/2017 - 9:29am
According to the Internal Revenue Service, midnight tonight is the deadline for most individuals to submit their state and federal tax returns. Those who miss the deadline could face penalties and interest charges. If you would like an extension of federal … Continue reading →

See you at Capitol Conference & Lobby Day next Tuesday

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 04/17/2017 - 4:24pm
Watch this blog, Twitter and Facebook next week for photos and stories surrounding the Illinois REALTORS® Capitol Conference and REALTOR® Lobby Day in Springfield. The Luncheon and Legislative Briefing kicks off the day at 11:45 a.m. at the President Abraham … Continue reading →

Fair Housing Video Series

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 04/17/2017 - 11:44am
In recognition of April being National Fair Housing Month, Illinois REALTORS® recently conducted a series of interviews on the different ways housing law affects landlords and tenants. In the first video of our Fair Housing series, REALTORS® Mike Rickert and … Continue reading →

Seal more deals with better communication

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 04/17/2017 - 9:00am
Do you get tongue-tied when talking to clients? Do you wish you could communicate more clearly? Learn how to be a more confident and persuasive speaker by attending Anthony Huey’s session “Making Your Message Memorable – Stand Up, Stand Out … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® offices closed Friday, reopen Monday

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 04/13/2017 - 4:00pm
Illinois REALTORS® offices, including the Legal Hotline, will be closed Friday, April 14 in observance of Good Friday. Have a safe and happy Easter weekend! The offices will reopen Monday, April 17.

Morning Minute: Mortgage rates fall to lowest rate this year

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 04/13/2017 - 9:35am
Freddie Mac reports today that fixed mortgage rates moved lower this week and are now at the lowest levels so far in 2017. A 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.08 percent and a 15-year, fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.34 percent. Read more … Continue reading →

Digital Magazine: Brown offers preview to May 10 Collinsville appearance

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 04/12/2017 - 10:00am
REALTORS® should use social media to promote their brand in a way that pulls consumers to them instead of pushing them away. That’s part of the message you’ll hear from REALTOR® Leigh Brown when she speaks at the Illinois REALTORS® … Continue reading →

Learn to Negotiate Like a Pro

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 04/10/2017 - 4:18pm
Mark Given will present How to Negotiate Like a Pro – a careful examination of the “what,” how,” and why” of negotiating with clients, peers and competitors, at the Illinois REALTORS® Conference & Expo  See the Sneak Peek video below!  In … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® can use specially designed Fair Housing materials

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 04/10/2017 - 12:00pm
April may be Fair Housing Month, but the materials Illinois REALTORS® can obtain from their state association can be used year-round, such as “Fair Housing Is a Serious Matter! A Guide for Real Estate Professionals.” The four-panel brochure can be … Continue reading →

Real estate license law amendment among key State Capitol Report topics

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 04/07/2017 - 5:24pm
This week, Illinois REALTOR® lobbyists agreed to strongly support the latest amendment to House Bill 3528, which will consolidate and streamline several regulatory provisions and educational options within the Real Estate License Act. The bill needs to be called on … Continue reading →

Boyd honored 3 times posthumously

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 04/07/2017 - 12:45pm
Mac Boyd, the late Managing Broker of Farmers National Company in Arcola, and an RPAC Hall of Famer, was recently given posthumous honors from three different organizations to which he belonged. ​Last week the Central Illinois Board of Realtors​ ​​(CIBR) ​named Boyd​ ​​”​Realtor … Continue reading →

16 REALTORS® won local races

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 04/07/2017 - 12:25pm
On April 4, 16 REALTORS® won a variety of local races in the Illinois Consolidated Elections, capturing a variety of elected offices, including village president, city clerk, city council, village trustee and township trustee. All the winners were supported by … Continue reading →

Digital Magazine: 4 forecasts about 2017 commercial real estate

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 04/07/2017 - 10:18am
REALTORS® Deena Zimmerman, Winnie Stortzum, John Patrick McDermott and Mark Cosenza share their insights into retail, farm, office/industrial and multifamily sectors of the commercial real estate market in 2017 in an April Illinois REALTOR® article. In “Commercial Corner: What’s ahead … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® meet with Japanese Consulate

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 04/06/2017 - 10:25am
Another successful connection was made within the Consulate Liaison program this week. REALTOR® Ayumi DeLoney, Broker with Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty and Illinois REALTOR® Liaison to the Consulate General of Japan led a discussion with Economic Consul staff to discuss … Continue reading →

REALTOR®-branded state bicentennial items now available

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 04/05/2017 - 4:35pm
Show pride in your state, your community and your profession by purchasing T-shirts, yard signs, decals, banners and more that celebrate the Illinois Bicentennial through the NAR REALTOR® Team Store. These items feature the theme “Illinois REALTORS® working with heart … Continue reading →

12 REALTOR®-backed candidates pick up victories Tuesday

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 04/05/2017 - 3:21pm
The unofficial results from Tuesday’s Illinois Consolidated Elections showed 12 victorious candidates out of 19 backed by Illinois REALTORS®’ independent expenditures. The victorious candidates include: Paul S. Braun, Flossmoor Mayor, Kevin R. Burns, Geneva Mayor, Kevin Michael Coyne, Naperville City … Continue reading →