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Encouraging signs as new governor takes office in Illinois

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 4:19pm
A new Illinois governor offers the opportunity to build relationships and share common goals, IAR’s Government Affairs Director Greg St. Aubin told those attending the association’s Public Policy Meetings in East Peoria. St. Aubin, who has been a lobbyist for … Continue reading →

Take 2 steps to protect your database and your clients

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 2:21pm
Savvy REALTORS®, Managing Brokers and local association leaders can take steps to prevent criminals from accessing customer databases and stealing money through fraudulent emails and money transfers. Start by exploring the idea of two-step authentication, says Matt Brewer, IAR Director … Continue reading →

REEF raises money to further education mission

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 10:13am
  The Real Estate Educational Foundation held a “Golf for Good” fundraiser on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 in East Peoria. The event raised money to help fund scholarships for those seeking to begin a career in real estate or related … Continue reading →

Illinois housing market, economy could see steady improvement in 2015

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 6:10pm
When it comes to the economy, the Illinois housing market and the prospects for 2015, there is good news on the horizon, said Geoffrey J.D. Hewings, Director of the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory (REAL) of the University of Illinois on Wednesday … Continue reading →

Tough choices ahead as Illinois deals with budget issues

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 4:50pm
A week after Gov. Bruce Rauner and state lawmakers were sworn into office, political analyst Paul Green shared his thoughts on the state’s political landscape with Illinois REALTORS® Wednesday at the IAR Public Policy Meetings in East Peoria. The outlook? The … Continue reading →

REALTORS® can be powerful advocates for industry and consumers

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 12:47pm
Illinois REALTORS® can have a real impact on the political debates in Springfield and locally, said state Rep. Mike Unes, R-East Peoria, on Wednesday at IAR Public Policy Meetings in East Peoria. “Now more than ever it is truly important for … Continue reading →

Lynn Madison receives IAR Political Involvement Award

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 12:18pm
Congratulations to Illinois REALTOR® and educator Lynn Madison, owner of Lynn Madison Seminars in Schaumburg, on receiving the Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR) 2014 Political Involvement Award. The award is given for outstanding political and legislative service to the REALTOR® … Continue reading →

Loretta Alonzo named 2015 Illinois REALTOR® of the Year

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 11:03am
Congratulations to the 2015 Illinois REALTOR® of the Year, Loretta Alonzo, managing broker of Century 21 Affiliated in La Grange Park. Alonzo was the 2012 president of the Illinois Association of REALTORS® and has a long history of service and … Continue reading →

IAR and Harvard researcher provide data that could help you serve senior clients better

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 9:52am
REALTORS® who try to understand the housing challenges Baby Boomers face as senior citizens can put themselves in a more competitive position to help potential clients throughout the next 20 years. That’s because the number of Baby Boomers who will … Continue reading →

Photos at the RPAC Re-up session

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 1:06am
At the RPAC Re-up Rally Tuesday, cameras captured local association members as they called on colleagues to support the Illinois REALTORS® Political Action Committee. Check out our photo gallery. IAR members — did you help your colleagues make our goals?   (Contributions … Continue reading →

Raising money for RPAC (And having fun doing it)

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 9:50pm
Illinois REALTORS® mixed a good time with advocacy on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 at the annual Public Policy Meetings. The association held an auction to raise money for RPAC, which is used to protect private property rights throughout the state … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® celebrate Triple Crown win in East Peoria

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 6:26pm
Illinois REALTORS® celebrated the win of an award for political fundraising and participation on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. The Illinois Association of REALTORS® won NAR’s Triple Crown award. The celebration kicked off with a reception in advance of the RPAC … Continue reading →

REALTORS® Political Involvement Committee gets surprise

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 2:50pm
A packed house at the REALTORS® Political Involvement Committee (RPIC) meeting this morning was the first to see the Triple Crown Award. IAR President Jim Kinney unveiled the trophy to the committee and a standing room crowd. Presenters for the meeting included IAR CEO … Continue reading →

Get answers to questions about commercial broker liens

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 1:01pm
A great new RVOICE brochure, “What You Should Know About Commercial Real Estate Broker Liens,” (form #649) is highlighted for Managing Brokers in the January issue of IAR’s D.R. Legal News. Mike Scobey, IAR Assistant Director of Advocacy and Local … Continue reading →

IAR offices closed Monday for MLK Jr. Day

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 4:00pm
The Illinois Association of REALTORS®’ offices in Springfield will be closed Monday, Jan. 19, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. IAR offices will reopen at 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 20.

Public Policy Meetings run Monday through Thursday

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 3:00pm
Illinois REALTORS® will gather at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria from Monday, Jan. 19 through Thursday, Jan. 22 for the Illinois Association of REALTORS®’ Public Policy Meetings. The annual meetings are designed to give REALTORS® a voice in local, … Continue reading →

Need to know more about medical marijuana?

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 12:47pm
Managing Brokers: Like it or not, medical marijuana is coming to your community, and the January issue of IAR’s D.R. Legal News will supply you with enough facts to get you started. Lisa Hartzler of Sorling Northrup Attorneys, and Betsy … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Thursdays and Fridays most popular days to list a home

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 9:53am
When it comes to listing a home for sale, Thursdays and Fridays were the most common days of the week for real estate agents to list the properties in 2014, according to an analysis by the National Association of REALTORS® … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Mortgage interest rates fall again; 15-year now below 3 percent

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 10:22am
For the third consecutive week, fixed mortgage interest rates have declined, Freddie Mac reports today. The 30-year, fixed rate averaged 3.66 percent, while the 15-year, fixed rate was down to 2.98 percent for the week ending Jan. 15. Read more … Continue reading →

Governor visits Senator at IAR headquarters

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 4:52pm
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® hosted a meet-and-greet event for new State Senator Neil Anderson of Rock Island (R-36th District), and welcomed Governor Bruce Rauner to the IAR building too. The REALTORS’® event appeared to be one of the governor’s first … Continue reading →